Grow Against Poverty's bicycle project at St. Mary's Nambale Secondary School in Kenya has had a successful beginning, but many students still need help getting to school. Students who were loaned bicycles have shown great improvement in attendance and academic performance. Additional bicycles will be provided to students who live far from school, show high motivation for academics, and whose families survive on less than $1 a day.
Too often, students miss classes because of the distance to school. There are also times when school is missed because students need to spend time helping their families and not enough time is left to walk to school. Many families in the Nambale region are subsistence farmers who live on less than $1 a day. Most cannot afford to buy bicycles for their children to use for school transportation.
To assist more students, Grow Against Poverty would like to provide 50 students with bicycles, helmets, reflector vests, and repair kits. Transportation time to and from school will be reduced. Student attendance will improve as well as academic achievement. Scores on national exams will go up and more students will qualify to continue their education at a university. With a good education, more students will be able to lift themselves out of poverty.
With access to bicycles, the students will attend school regularly, improve academically and go on to higher education. They will be able to get higher paying jobs and help their families economically. Many of these young people will be the leaders and educators of their community. They will help stop the cycle of poverty.