Hearfelt words from one of the students who is using a Pedal Power for Kenyan Education bicycle:
"My High School journey started with the toughest setbacks ever. I was called to join St. Mathias Busia Secondary School, 23 kilometers away from my home. Given my humble background, I would begin trekking from 4am for 3hours. At first, I would always nurse my swollen legs and miss school quite often. This went on until around three months when I now got used to it. I would like to thank Madam Hellen Mukanda in particular and Grow Against Poverty Kenya/USA for donating the Pedal Power Bicycles. This is the best gift ever. I used to arrive in school dusty, smelling sweat and miss the morning lessons taught between 6.30 to 7.30am. Importantly, I improved my performance from a D student to now C."
Your contributions are making life better for this student and for the other 99 girls and boys who are part of this program.
Your support of Pedal Power for Kenyan Education is helping students get back to academics now that schools have reopened. St Peter’s Secondary School and St. Mathias have each received 25 bicycles, helmets, safety vests and tool kits. These will be loaned to students who travel long distances, especially those who had dropped out of school. Because of the access to bicycles some students have decided to reenroll in school, which is very exciting.
Word of the bicycle program has spread and several other schools have requested this successful program, which has now purchased 100 bicycles and accessories.
Grow Against Poverty’s efforts have been recognized by the Busia County Government. Kenyan national TV covered the presentation of the bicycles to the schools.
On May 1st President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the COVID – 19 lockdown. Schools are allowed to reopen. Students and staff at St. Peter’s Igero Secondary School are excited to be the second school to be part of the "Pedal Power for Kenyan Education” program. Your generous donations will go to the purchase of bicycles, helmets, safety vests, and tool kits to be used by students who walk long distances to and from school.
St. Mary’s Secondary School, the first school in the program, has reissued bicycles to students for the remainder of the school year. A student comments, “Before this bicycle was issued to me, I was a big latecomer to school. When this bike was issued to me, I improved both my reporting time to school and my class performance.”
The Buffalo Bicycles that are purchased are designed and built for rough dirt roads. Further improvements have been made (check the attachment) to make riding easier and safer and to keep these bikes on the road longer. We will keep you posted on the progress of the program.
Like many students worldwide, Kenyan students have lost almost a year of instructional time. To continue their education, many of these Kenyan students have several obstacles to overcome such as the 5-6 miles they need to walk each way to school and back home. This is why “Pedal Power for Kenyan Education” is so important. The 50 bicycles at St. Mary’s Secondary School have held up well, are currently being used, and will serve students for years to come.
Modrine, Form 2 student says: “The pedal power project has enabled me to reach school on time and thus given me the ability to concentrate on my academics.”
Mildred, Form 1 student says: “I am happy to be a beneficiary of a bicycle and so appreciative for the project. It has eased my struggle to reach school.”
Schools have reopened and money has been raised to purchase 25 bicycles, helmets, safety vests, and tool kits for St. Peter’s Secondary School. Form four students who will be taking national exams for entry to university will be given preference for using these bicycles.
Thanks for your past support of “Pedal Power for Kenyan Education”. Our next fundraiser will be during the week of March 8th-12th, GlobalGiving’s Little x Little campaign. Feel free to donate anytime and to share information about this program on social media. It is hoped that enough money will be raised to purchase another 25 bicycles and accessories for St. Peter’s School.
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