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Hiking for Cycling to Education

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Update: The hike was a great success on July 22nd, with myself and my friend Alex, climbing all three peaks for a grand total of over 17km! We currently have funding for over 6 bicycles, and they will be purchased and distributed in October. Thank you to everyone for donating and sharing the campaign! It is not too late to donate if you still want to! 

 

Update: We have reached our original goal of 5 bicycles! Thank you so much to everyone for contributing! We have less than a week until the climb and have decided to raise the goal to 7 bikes. Please help us reach our new goal!

 

I have had the opportunity to intern for the past month and a half in Cape Town, South Africa with a nonprofit organization called DOCKDA Rural Development Agency. DOCKDA is based in Cape Town and works to support communities in the extremely remote regions of the Northern Cape province of South Africa. One of our past projects was to distribute bicycles to primary schoolchildren in a very rural area.

Of the 17 million schoolchildren in South Africa, 11 million walk to school. Of those, half a million walk more than an hour, up to 6 km (3.7 mi) each way. In addition, rural and low-income students are much more likely to have to walk to school than higher income, urban and metropolitan students. These qualifications perfectly describe children in the Northern Cape, rural and low-income.

They often have to walk extremely long distances in rugged terrain to get to school. Walking such long distances to school leaves the children exhausted and negatively affects their academic achievements and thereby their future success. Also, spending a long amount of time each day walking alone in isolated areas leaves young children at risk of violence and kidnapping.

I got to experience the difficulties of life in the Northern Cape first hand when I traveled there with DOCKDA in early June. We struggled to get around on very rough roads, even in an SUV. I was taken aback when I saw many children walking home from school in the afternoon, some children as young as 4 or 5 years old walking vast distances alone. I asked my coworkers if kidnapping was much of a problem in the area, and they commented that kidnapping and violence against children does occur, but that there is not much that children can do to protect themselves. If they want to go to school, they must walk.

I won’t be in South Africa much longer, and want to contribute something lasting and meaningful to DOCKDA and children living in the Northern Cape before I go home. In order to raise money for DOCKDA to purchase bicycles, on Saturday, July 22nd I will be climbing Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, and Lion’s Head, mountains near Cape Town for a total distance of about 15 km (9.3 mi). This is just slightly more than many children in the Northern Cape must walk to get to and from school each day.

Each bicycle, including transportation to these remote regions, costs R3,700 (approximately $285). My goal is to provide DOCKDA with the money to purchase five bicycles to give to children living in rural areas of the Northern Cape who have to walk long distances to school. Please help us purchase bicycles for children who sacrifice their safety and academic achievement every day to walk to school.

 If you're from the states and want to make a donation, please use the PayPal option, thanks! 

Some footage courtesy of Molly Blank at Dispatch Films (www.dispatchfilms.com)

 

Read about Joseph's campaign in the News here:

Donations

  • Jul 27, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "Great initiative worth supporting!" - Dr Eugene Machimana

  • Jul 27, 2017 - R 100.00
  • "Keep girls in school with bikes" - Erik

  • Jul 23, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative" - Siyabonga

  • Jul 22, 2017 - USD $ 75.09
  • "This is for Joe" - Herman & Ronda Hudson

  • Jul 19, 2017 - USD $ 15.81
  • "Proud of you " - Caroline

  • Jul 17, 2017 - USD $ 74.69
  • "Wonderful project! Soporific of our nephew" - Jana &Ben;

  • Jul 15, 2017 - USD $ 52.62
  • "Good luck!" - RR

  • Jul 15, 2017 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Great project!" - Jane

  • Jul 14, 2017 - R 150.00
  • "Bikes change lives" - Samantha

  • Jul 14, 2017 - R 150.00
  • "Good luck with your hike! " - Sasha

  • Jul 12, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Great stuff!" - Casey-Lee

  • Jul 12, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck on your climb!" - Sally McGlen

  • Jul 11, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "So proud of you and Mercer." - Mary Alice Morgan

  • Jul 11, 2017 - USD $ 301.70
  • "Great Work! Thank you!" - Burns & Rose

  • Jul 11, 2017 - USD $ 15.79
  • "Cool Intern" - Barrs

  • Jul 10, 2017 - USD $ 74.45
  • "Honest Abe Great Man for a Great Project" - Woody & Janice

  • Jul 07, 2017 - R 1 381.71
  • "Good work, good luck!" - Bree's Mom

  • Jul 05, 2017 - USD $ 305.80
  • "Great Project! Thanks!" - Weldon& Jennifer

  • Jul 05, 2017 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Great project! Best wishes!" - Lisa and Dan

  • Jul 05, 2017 - R 5 000.00
  • " Great initiative!!" - Rory Antrobus

  • Jul 05, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Jul 04, 2017 - USD $ 52.79
  • "The Intern" - Tina

  • Jul 04, 2017 - USD $ 26.36
  • "Great cause, nonprofit, and intern!" - Veronica

  • Jul 04, 2017 - USD $ 26.36
  • "Good luck!" - Gary & Glenda

  • Jul 04, 2017 - USD $ 15.94
  • "Good luck!" - Todd

  • Jul 04, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Go education!" - Mark Brown

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DOCKDA - Development of Community Knowledge and Direct Access. DOCKDA is a community philanthropy organisation linking community organisations and schools in the Kuruman area to resources.