The Village Bicycle Project Honour 20 girls from Gombele JHS school in Ghana‘s upper west region with new bikes after attending a one-day training workshop, where they are taught how to ride and maintain their bikes.
Earlier this week, 340 bikes distributed in the Upper West and Brong-Ahafo regions. The bikes are expected to serve farmers, students and apprentices.
Mercy is a 17-year-old school high school pupil in Gombele Junior High School who walks 7 miles to and from school every day. With the time she expects to save on transportation, she hopes to be able to devote more of her day to her studies.
In her interview with the News men she said, “I am so excited that I will not be late to school anymore,” says Mary. “The extra time will help me finish my chores and have more time for studies.”
Village Bicycle Project aims to empower communities by strengthening bicycle culture. Their programs couple quality subsidized bicycles with hands-on maintenance training for new owners.
They give village bike mechanics detailed training along with specialized bike tools and spare parts.
This comprehensive, holistic approach ensures that bikes will be dependable, affordable and sustainable transportation. Women and girls, who are frequently marginalized, are specifically targeted for inclusion in programs which begin to address the gender inequalities that limit their access to bicycles.