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Project information


World Bicycle Relief mobilises people through The Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to independence, education and livelihood. We distribute specially-designed, locally assembled, rugged Buffalo Bicycles to children in sub-Saharan Africa to get to school.

March 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: World Bicycle Relief Uk

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  • Need


    In rural developing countries, the biggest barrier to education is often the physical act of getting to school. Tasked with many more domestic chores than boys, girls fall behind because of the cultural obstacles they face. In many areas, it is common for girls to arrive at school late and tired if they arrive at all. Getting a bicycle is a game-changer for a child. Instead of spending hours reaching or returning from school, they can tackle homework while it’s still light outside.


    By providing bicycles to children, especially girls, we can empower them with knowledge and ultimately, change the course of their lives. Keeping girls in school has been shown to have a multiplier effect that can help break the cycle of poverty. Our projects have a sustained impact and aim to enable independence and access to livelihoods, rather than aid-dependency. Students are given the bicycles to keep once they have demonstrated sustained good attendance at school over a defined period.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a transport solution to marginalized school going age adolescent girls to get to school


    » Engagement with county education departments at a district level; small committees formed with community heads, education officials and WBR staff
    » A Baseline Survey will be carried out in order to assess where the project indicators stand at the beginning with regular moitoring for the duration

    What success will look like

    Deliver 200 Buffalo Bicycles to selected school in Zambia in Q2 2018.

    Aim 2

    Educate parents on the importance of adolescent girls finalising at least 12 years of education


    » Formation of a bicycle supervisory committee (BSC) that will be made up of representatives of the school management team, teachers and parents.
    » Community discussions with Q&A sessions
    » BSC training for 1 week
    » Preparation of beneficiary selection list which will be posted for 2 weeks for community to view before final approval.

    What success will look like

    Set up Bicycle Supervisory Committee in Q1 2018 and run gender sensitisation sessions prior to bicycle distribution.

    Aim 3

    Decreased school drop out of adolescent girls.


    » Once the beneficiaries receive their bikes the WBR BEEP team and the BSC will monitor to ensure that the bicycles are used for their intended purpose

    What success will look like

    Data on attendance and attainment will be recorded as part of the monitoring and evaluation of the project. This will be carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

    Aim 4

    Reduced teenage pregnancies and early marriages amongst adolescent girls.


    » The commitee will select schools to participate in the project, develop the criteria for selection of schools & beneficiaries whilst monitoring girls

    What success will look like

    Data on pregnancy rates of recipients of the bicycles will be recorded as part of the monitoring and evaluation of the project.

  • Impact


    Primary program outcomes will be measured one year after the final bicycle distribution. Based on previous evaluations in Zambia we expect to see an increase in attendance, retention and performance from the girls given Buffalo Bicycles.

    In the longer term we expect to see improvements in graduation rates, reductions in early marriage and pregnancies and increased income in households who have received a bicycle monitored through qualitative assessments.


    There is a risk of the bicycles being misused by other individuals in the community but this will be minimised by the Bicycle Supervisory Committee monitoring the usage of the bicycles.
    The risk of bicycles not being maintained is addressed by training field mechanics and distribution of spare parts.


    A report on the school will be created with stories and images from recipients of the bicycles. In addition we will publish an Impact Report and a Zambia Country Report outlining overall success of the wider programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,025

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,481 200 x Bicycles 200 Locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles
      £3,080 Delivery Delivery of Bicycles to School in rural area
      £924 Mechanic Training Costs of training of Field Mechanics and supplying tools, and uniforms
      £1,540 Programme Implementation Costs of setting up the Supervisory Committees, monitoring and ongoing community liaison
  • Background


    Over four million children live in poverty in Zambia and over 375,000 children in rural regions are not enrolled in school. Many factors contribute to children not attending school. For rural students, a common and significant barrier to accessing education is distance; students often face long, exhausting walks over difficult terrain. For girl students, who are also required to perform hours of domestic chores in the morning, a long walk proves even more challenging.


    The beneficiaries will be adolescent girls between 11-16 years in a rural district of Zambia. The girls will be living more than 3km away from school and distance will be a challenge with the daily walk to school presenting a possible barrier to them completing their studies.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    World Bicycle Relief is the leading organisation using bicycles to mobilise communities in the developing world with over 350,000 specially designed, durable bicycles provided to school children, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs. World Bicycle Relief partners with other leading organisations to create sustainable programmes with proven impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Brian Moonga

    As Country Director in Zambia Brian will be leading the team distributing the bicycles to the school.

    Zambian Ministry Of General Education

    Field Partner assisting in selecting recipient school and setting up Supervisory Committees in the community.