Three Kenyan schools have now received a total of 100 bicycles, helmets, safety vests and tool kits. These are on loan to students who otherwise walk 5-6 miles each way to and from school. Attendance, promptness and academic achievement have all improved among participating students. News of this successful program has spread and requests have come in from other schools and Grow Against Poverty is raising funds to extend the program.
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.
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