Thousands of Kenyan students work to overcome significant barriers to education, especially the distance they must travel to get to school. For almost 1 million children in Kenya, the distance is just too great and they never have the opportunity to attend school. As part of World Bicycle Relief’s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) in Kenya, bikes will be distributed to 180 Ndigwa Secondary School students, including Ruth, Cynthia, Ogutu and Hamstone.
Ruth is 16 years old and lives in Kenya with her aunt, uncle, several cousins and a younger brother. One of her favorite subjects is history and she wants to be a lawyer when she finishes school. The arduous journey to and from school every day presents a challenge to achieving her dreams. But she is determined.
Seventeen-year-old Ogutu lives with his parents and five sisters in Nyangoye Village. Ogutu leaves for school at 6 a.m. every day after waking even earlier to complete his assignments. Ogutu would like to be a physicist or an engineer because he has seen the success of people in his village that followed these professions.
At 15, Cynthia knows what she wants. Her curiosity about what’s happening in the world drives her desire to be a journalist. She loves history and wants to travel to other countries. Cynthia travels 10 kilometers round trip every day to get to school. Her evenings are spent fetching water from the lake, cooking and cleaning utensils. Finding time for her studies is challenging.
Hamstone, 16, leaves home at 5:30 a.m. for school, but often arrives late for the 7:20 a.m. start time. When he arrives back home, he fetches water and does his schoolwork so he can become a smart boy. This already smart boy loves math and biology and hopes to become a doctor one day.
Buffalo Bikes in Kenya will not only help students and their families, but also the communities in which they live. Students have dreams of becoming doctors and lawyers, engineers and journalists. A bike is the tool they need to help them overcome the distance barrier so they can finish school and achieve their dreams. Ruth, Cynthia, Ogutu and Hamstone are four young students striving for theirs.