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Hiking for Cycling to Education

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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

Name Comment Date Amount
Siyabonga Great initiative Jul 23, 2017 R 205.64
Herman & Ronda Hudson This is for Joe Jul 22, 2017 USD $ 75.09
Caroline Proud of you Jul 19, 2017 USD $ 15.81
Jana &Ben; Wonderful project! Soporific of our nephew Jul 17, 2017 USD $ 74.69
RR Good luck! Jul 15, 2017 USD $ 52.62
Jane Great project! Jul 15, 2017 USD $ 26.30
Samantha Bikes change lives Jul 14, 2017 R 150.00
Sasha Good luck with your hike! Jul 14, 2017 R 150.00
Casey-Lee Great stuff! Jul 12, 2017 R 102.82
Sally McGlen Good luck on your climb! Jul 12, 2017 R 205.64
Mary Alice Morgan So proud of you and Mercer. Jul 11, 2017 R 257.05
Burns & Rose Great Work! Thank you! Jul 11, 2017 USD $ 301.70
Barrs Cool Intern Jul 11, 2017 USD $ 15.79
Woody & Janice Honest Abe Great Man for a Great Project Jul 10, 2017 USD $ 74.45
Bree's Mom Good work, good luck! Jul 07, 2017 R 1 381.71
Weldon& Jennifer Great Project! Thanks! Jul 05, 2017 USD $ 305.80
Lisa and Dan Great project! Best wishes! Jul 05, 2017 USD $ 50.00
Rory Antrobus Great initiative!! Jul 05, 2017 R 5 000.00
Anonymous Good luck Jul 05, 2017 R 51.41
Tina The Intern Jul 04, 2017 USD $ 52.79
Veronica Great cause, nonprofit, and intern! Jul 04, 2017 USD $ 26.36
Gary & Glenda Good luck! Jul 04, 2017 USD $ 26.36
Todd Good luck! Jul 04, 2017 USD $ 15.94
Mark Brown Go education! Jul 04, 2017 R 205.64
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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.