A Girl and A Bike
Part of NCP's Give a Girl a Chance program
In rural areas of the southern African country of Malawi, there are many reasons why a child may not go beyond elementary school. Poverty, hunger, distance, crocodiles. Yep! More flooding due to climate change brings crocs close to the paths they walk to go to school!
And if you're a girl, there's early marriage: 46 percent of girls in Malawi are married before they turn 18; 1 in 10 before the age of 15.
NCP is working on all these things in one way or another, but since high school is seven or more miles away and many of the families have trouble with school fees - especially since climate change is making it hard for them to grow crops to sell for income - we came up with A Girl and a Bike! We're doing this in collaboration with our partner Creative Solutions for the Environment, a grassroots Malawian organization, whose director Taona Makunje has recently joined the NCP Advisory Board.
Along with the $45 tuition for the first term's tuition (they will come up with the other two terms there), having a bike for the daily commute to school makes attendance much easier. Since bikes cost $65, for $110 a girl and her bike can roll on to school!
“Stiveria Vincent (right) is 18 years old, in form 3 and comes from Kanono. She covers a distance of 23 km
(one way) to school, needing to leave home a little before 5 am just to make it to class at 8 am. Due to
walking in the heat for long distances, she developed sores on both her feet and these being recurring and
untreated, developed into further health problems for her.
Before we met her, she had started to come to school only two to three times a week just because her
legs couldn't allow her to walk for the whole week. We gave her a bike last year and she is able to come to
school and has not missed a day since.” - Taona Makunje, CSE
And there's a ripple effect - younger girls are studying harder in hopes of getting a bike and a scholarship
themselves, as this may be the only way they can go to high school!
We've sent funds for over 100 girls, but many, many more want to benefit - so let’s ride! Make a donation
yourself and/or have a fund-raiser at your school or congregation, sorority or scout troop. Donate the $110
or more or less - anything helps! And as always, we send 100 percent of contributions to the programs.