Bicycle Distribution Report – Chipa Basic School 2022

In partnership with Fontys University

World Bicycle Relief is grateful for the partnership of Fontys University in implementing the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) at Chipa Basic School in Mumbwa, Zambia. You have helped provide 65 life-changing Buffalo Bicycles and a path out of poverty for students whose educations were at risk due to long and unsafe walks to school. 

ABOUT CHIPA BASIC SCHOOL

The Bicycle Distribution

How Students Were Selected

World Bicycle Relief has trained a Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC) made up of local community members who have selected students to receive Buffalo Bicycles. Students were selected based on distance traveled to school and vulnerability criteria created by the BSC.

The Buffalo Bicycle

All bicycles are not created equal. The Buffalo Bicycle is purpose-built for rugged conditions, heavy loads, and daily use by students The students you’ve empowered can now reach school safely and on time. With their bicycles, students have extra time for studies, chores at home and after-school activities. Students also transport family members to health clinics and carry goods like water and grain to and from distant markets with their Buffalo Bicycles.

A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Distribution day is always an exciting time at our BEEP schools, as the community joins in and witnesses the students receive their Buffalo Bicycles and experience the exhilaration of their first rides. Students (and their parents) sign a contract pledging to attend classes regularly and use their Buffalo Bicycles to help their families outside of school. In exchange, Buffalo Bicycles will become students’ property after they graduate.

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INVESTING IN GIRLS

Investing in women and girls will change the world. Bicycles help them pursue education, healthcare, and livelihoods they need to break the cycle of poverty and thrive. BEEP prioritizes girl students to help ensure that they are not left behind.
Ethel is a grade 8 student at Chipa Basic School. She loves science and dreams of being a nurse one day.
On receiving the Buffalo Bicycle, Ethel said: "My family will use the bicycle to go to the clinic and access other services as they are all far from home. I am excited to receive a bicycle because I have been coming to school late every day. Now I will be coming to school on time."

The 65 Buffalo Bicycles provided to CHIPA students ARE ALREADY MAKING a major impact

Since 2020, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a profound impact on educational outcomes in the countries where we work. The Buffalo Bicycles that you provided serve as a vital motivator to keep students in school.

Thank You!
Thank you Fontys University for improving the educational outlook of students at Chipa Basic School in Mumbwa, Zambia. In the coming months, we look forward to sharing the impact of your support for the people of rural Zambia in partnership with World Bicycle Relief.