Providing bikes means solving basic transportation issues which get in the way of things like access to health care, the ability to earn a living and for communities to mobilize. By distributing locally sourced bikes to our partner communities we are expanding by 10X the ability of health workers and other community mobilizers.
Our grassroots partners are working hard to reach their communities with health information and education, to provide care and support for people living with illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, and to support families, vulnerable children and orphans. However, in busy urban centres and rural villages alike, volunteers on the ground often have difficulty reaching vulnerable members of their communities due to the time needed to travel. Thus, their impact can be limited not by lack of will or know how, but by the limits of relying on traveling by foot or relying on more costly forms of transport.
CAP Network’s Response
The CAP Network provides bicycles to organizations that cannot afford motor vehicles but need transport to expand and strengthen their outreach, education and care. Bicycles are an ideal means of reaching members of the community as they are affordable, easy to maintain and can be used to cover distances in a relatively short amount of time. The bikes the CAP Network provides are locally procured and are accompanied by a basic repair kit and training on bicycle maintenance to ensure that they are a sustainable resources for our partners and their communities.
Impact and Results
Over the years, the CAP Network has provided more than 1,000 bicycles to partners in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda in support of HIV outreach, health promotion, education and care and support activities by local volunteers. Equipped with a bike, outreach and care workers can expand their reach by 10X – therefore greatly expanding their reach and maximizing their effectiveness in supporting the needs of members of their communities.