“The right to education is for all, even for a girl” are the words 18-year-old Dianah wrote when World Bicycle Relief provided her with a vehicle that could change her future.
Dianah received a Buffalo Bike from the 2005 founded charity, that could enable her to realise her dream and become a college professor. This Christmas you could help more young girls just like her.
World Bicycle Relief has launched a Christmas campaign aimed at providing more life changing bicycles for schoolgirls in rural developing countries.
There are 29 million young girls around the world not attending secondary school – and the campaign ‘A Way Forward’ looks to improve the situation. The charity says that in rural Africa, distance, inequity and early marriage are all factors that stand between these young girls and school.
Dianah is 18-years-old, and has a bike provided by the charity. She penned a poem on receiving her bicycle:
The right to education is for all, even for a girl
People may wish for sons, but I’m glad I was born, born a girl child
Challenges may be more, but the blessings will be bigger
You educate a girl
You’ve educated a nation
It’s only education that equalizes a rich man’s daughter
And a poor man’s daughter
As I cycle my Buffalo Bicycle to school every day
I know, my future will be great
Her mother Rofina commented: “As a mother, I was fearing for Dianah so much. And I would feel that she might not even finish her education because of the risks facing her on the way. Now that she has the bicycle, I have never worried about Dianah’s going and coming back from school.”
“We are now able to keep all of the girls in school and prevent early pregnancies and marriages.” Monica Mudonidongo – Vice Principal
The charity produced a video to support the campaign, which highlights the struggles young girls face (see bottom of this page) – and the huge benefits a bicycle can provide.