Imire sent us a short article on their preparations for the upcoming World Rhino Day which is the 22nd September and thought we would share it with you.
What’s the Campaign About?
This campaign will provide bicycles to secondary school children in the Wedza area of Zimbabwe, some of whom often walk more than 25km a day to get to and from school. This will help keep the children in school, ensure they start their day fresher and more able to learn, as well as improve their safety on the journey home, which often ends in the dark.
They have provided support to the pre, primary and secondary schools at Numwa over many years, assisting teachers in general education, building and renovating classrooms, providing books and teaching equipment and helping set up and maintain vegetable gardens and conservation clubs.
The Chipembere Bicycle Club
In rural Zimbabwe children often walk up to 30km a day to attend secondary school, arriving at school exhausted and hungry. Many will not have eaten breakfast and the long journey affects their concentration and attention as well as their ability to learn and retain their lessons. The distance also means many arrive home in the dark and are then unable to complete their homework, falling behind in their lessons. There is also a serious safety issue, particularly for the girls, some of whom have suffered beatings and rapes in the darkness of their evening journey home. Children who live a long way from school have many more absences from school, often fall behind their classmates or drop out of school entirely.
Their bicycle club will not only provide the means to help the children’s journey shorter, help them stay in school and improve their concentration, they will also be taught basic bicycle repairs and maintenance.
Chipembere is the local Shona word for “rhino”.
What We Need!
In order for the programme to be successful they would like to initially purchase 30 bicycles, plus spare tyres, puncture repair kits and pumps. They need to raise US$3,000 to achieve this and if we exceed our target, we would like to provide 50 bicycles.
They would like as many rural school children as possible in Zimbabwe to be able to attend school and receive a good education, giving them every opportunity to complete their schooling and gain employment. Your donations can also help address serious safety concerns and help improve the quality of life for rural schoolchildren and help them stay in school.
Date: 9 September 2013