Qhubeka & CCFA partner to provide bicycles for education, sustainability and change
CCFA has proudly partnered with Qhubeka, a global charity that moves people forward by distributing bicycles in Africa. People earn bicycles through educational programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs. A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, generate income and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socio-economic challenges at the most basic level – a means of transport.
CCFA believes that the Qhubeka projects are of great value to communities throughout Africa because they support education and sustainable livelihoods. The project attracts people to complete learning programmes using bicycles as the incentive, which graduates can then use to travel to find work, etc.
Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Bicycles help people move forward in that they allow them to travel faster, further and economically while carrying more goods.
CCFA applauds the QHUBEKA SHIFT projects, which aim to distribute 5 000 bicycles per year into a specific geographic area for five years, the goal being to SHIFT the entire community forward. The success of these projects is determined by measuring their sustained impact over a decade. If the Qhubeka team returns to an area after 10 years and sees fresh Qhubeka bicycle tracks on the ground, they will consider the project a success.
Learn-to-Earn Scholar Programmes
These programmes are targeted at children, who earn bicycles in various ways.
Scholar mobility programmes
Bicycles make it easier for school children to travel to and from school, which improves their overall attendance and performance.
Children and their coaches use bicycles to access school and sports activities, encouraging health and saving them time.
Work-to-Earn Programmes for Adults
These programmes are aimed at adults, youth and those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs), who earn bicycles in a range of ways:
Community safety programmes
Bicycles assist with more visible and effective security patrols, boosting safety for everyone.
People earn bicycles by producing handicrafts, such as crocheting blankets, beanies and scarves, or making cow bells.
People earn bicycles by recycling waste, growing trees and doing other environmentally-
Aside from the usefulness of the bicycles, the children and adults who receive them also enjoy riding them for pleasure and sport.