Name: Jason Banda
Title: Field Monitor and Chief Mechanic Trainer
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Employed Since: May 2010
What were you doing before working with World Bicycle Relief?
I was a student at the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) studying Information Systems and Programming. I was studying computer systems and software development.
What drew you to World Bicycle Relief?
The mission. I noticed people in Zambia were suffering in terms of finding transportation. The same issues applied to school-going children. They were finding it hard to attend school. I thought I could help with the training of field mechanics in these communities.
What is a typical day of work like for you?
I report every working day from 8am to 5pm. When I reach work I update the field mechanic directory of which they are many that need to be on the database. When I am done with that, I update the database with the pupils contract book of which I have a huge sum of books. Each book contains 50 pupil contracts. Then, I contact the product manager for the field task that I will embark on.
What is the best part of your job?
The best of my job is traveling meeting different kinds of people from different backgrounds. I get to interact with both young and old peers. I also gain knowledge from elders through my trips.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
I meet so many different people with different mother languages. It becomes hard when I am teaching the field mechanics to translate from English to their local language.
What is your dream for the organization?
My dream for WBR is to see it prosper even more. We’ve come a long way. When I joined this organization it was small. I have seen it become a major player among other NGOs. I want to see it grow so that it should spread to the full corners of my country and Africa at large.
What is one random fact about you that no one on staff knows?
I’m a quick learner and self-taught. Very sharp to get things done and meet my target on time. In other words, I’m smart. Ha!
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