Bicycle Distribution Report – Umodzi Community Day Secondary School
In partnership with Trent Newcomer
World Bicycle Relief is grateful for the partnership of Trent Newcomer in implementing the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) at Umodzi Community Day Secondary School in Zomba, Malawi. You have helped provide 60 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. Eleven additional bicycles were allocated to members of the Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC) to support the program at the school.
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.
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.
The 71 Buffalo Bicycles provided to UMODZI students anD BSC MEMBERS ARE ALREADY MAKING a major impact
Globally, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years, and in the countries where we work the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a profound impact on educational outcomes. The Buffalo Bicycles that you provided serve as a vital motivator to keep students in school.
Thank you Trent Newcomer for improving the educational outlook of 60 students at Umodzi Community Day Secondary School in Zomba, Malawi. In the coming months, we look forward to sharing the impact of your support for the people of rural Malawi in partnership with World Bicycle Relief.