Funding has been received to meet the initial goal of 50 bicycles, helmets, safety vests, and tool kits for St. Mary's School. Students who are borrowing bicycles have shown great improvement in attendance, promptness, and academic performance. Word of this successful program has spread! Five other schools have requested funding to start similar programs. We would like to fulfill these requests starting with St. Peter's Igero Secondary School.
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.
Students at St. Peter's School face similar hurdles as those at St. Mary's: long walks to and from school, much of the time in the dark. This is especially dangerous for the female students. Bicycles will help with promptness, attendance, and better grades. Students will be able use the saved time for extra studying and helping their families on their farms. Scores on national exams will go up and more students will qualify to continue their education at a university.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).