Imagine a life in which you have to walk one-half marathon to get to and from school each day. In addition to the vast distance, you cross rugged terrain, endure extreme weather conditions and face possible physical injury on a daily basis. Then, after arriving home exhausted and before you can study, you are responsible for fetching water, collecting firewood, caring for siblings, and feeding livestock.
This is a daily reality for many children in rural South Africa who strive for the “privilege” of being able to attend school. For the children who face these obstacles, they arrive at school tired and unable to concentrate, which often leads to frequent absenteeism and ultimately dropping out altogether. Without school, the cycle of poverty continues.
#BIKES4ERP recognizes that in these communities, bicycles produce immediate benefits. Riding a bike decreases the overall impact of the commute, which means students arrive at school better able to concentrate and their attendance rate improves. Commuting by bicycle also frees up time for studying, which helps students complete their education, preparing them for better jobs and giving them a chance at a brighter future.
By distributing bicycles to students, the #BIKES4ERP project bridges the gap between having a dream and being able to achieve it. Under the motto, “mobilize me and I will change my world”, students are empowered to obtain an education by entering into a “STUDY TO OWN” contract, whereby the student owns the bike after using it to attend school for 2 years.
The cost of each bicycle is $200.00 and 100% of your donation goes directly to #BIKES4ERP’s initiative.
Please make a difference in these children's lives by helping ERP with its #BIKES4ERP initiative!