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African Bicycle Contribution Foundation Contributes 75 Additional Bamboo Bikes, including its 415th, in the Karaga District, Northern Region, Ghana

KARAGA, Ghana, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S.-based African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, today announced that it has distributed 75 additional, new, Eco-Ride bamboo bicycles, at no cost, to under-resourced students and teachers the Karaga Senior High School, in Karaga District, in Ghana’s Northern Region. Since the foundation’s inception in September 2016, it has now contributed 415 of the iconic Ghanaian-made bamboo bikes, across the country.

Karaga is, predominantly, a peasant farming community, where maize, groundnuts, soybeans, millet, and rice are cultivated.

Located in a district wherein the Ghanaian Statical Services has reported that 66 percent of the population has never been to school, the Karaga Senior High School has a student population of 1618 persons. It has been located in the Karaga District’s Nangung community since 2009, and the average distance traveled to and from school, by its students, daily, is more than 15 miles. Given those distances, some communities in the Karaga District have recently been recording school dropout rates of 90 percent, as students transition from primary school to JHS 1.

With a population of 77,706 persons, and an average household size of 10, Karaga is classified among the poorest and most under-served districts in Ghana.

In addition, 34 percent of Northern Region households are in the nation’s lowest income quintile, and the literacy rate among those who are 15 years of age, or older, is just 33 percent, as compared to Ghana’s national literacy rate of 72 percent, as of 2012.

Ghana’s Northern Region is also notable for its severe forms of chronic and acute malnutrition. Accordingly, 11 percent of Karaga’s households are defined as moderately or severely “food insecure.”

Patricia Marshall Harris, ABCF’s executive director, said the foundation was, once again, especially pleased to have purchased the 75 bicycles for the current distribution, from the Kumasi-based Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI).

She also emphasized that Karaga was probably one of the best places in Ghana to test the Foundation’s belief that student academic performance can be improved through better access to far-flung, rural school facilities. Ms. Harris also added, “The future of Ghana, we and GBBI’s CEO Bernice Dapaah all believe, is substantially dependent upon how well we can all assist the country’s children to have better access to education, no matter where they happen to live, so as to be able to compete and excel throughout the 21st century.”

ABCF also agrees with the findings in the 2014 Ghana Statical Services report that stressed that, left unaddressed, there will continue to be a huge gap in educational attainment between urban children and their rural counterparts. The report added that only eight percent of Ghana’s urban-dwelling children had no education, while almost one in every four of the country’s children who live in rural areas had no education.

The foundation is also guided by the 2018 report, “Dropout issues and Economic Implications: Evidence from Rural Ghana,” which included “poverty” and “long distances to school” among major contributors to the school dropout phenomenon in the country.

Ms. Dapaah was also hopeful that the bicycle distribution program might especially improve academic, economic and social outcomes for Karaga’s female students, whose achievements in those areas have been negatively impacted by the district’s pregnancy rates.

The actual bicycle distribution program, which was held at Karaga Senior High School, included:

  • Greetings by program moderator Mr. Kweku Mbeebi,
  • An opening prayer by student Abu Ada Yatasu,
  • An opening address by District Director of Education Hajia Rahamatu Garbah,
  • Remarks by GBBI founder Bernice Dapaah,
  • A brief speech by Nangung Chief Alhaji Abukari Nangung,
  • The actual presentation of the 75 bicycles to the students,
  • Remarks by Alhassan Abdulai, head teacher, Karaga Senior High School, and
  • Closing remarks by Mr Musah Yaya, a Karaga Senior High School teacher
    Map of Ghana with ABCF/GBBI icons marking bamboo bike distribution sites (April 18, 2019).

ABCF officials are planning to arrive in Ghana, in July 2019, to participate in the distribution of the foundation’s 500th free bamboo bicycle.

Who Is ABCF?
The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501©3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to under-resourced students, teachers, and transport-dependent small farmers and healthcare workers, in Ghana. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2500 bicycles in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

ABCF works in partnership with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, which produces the iconic Eco-Ride bamboo bicycle; the Bright Generation Community Foundation, the Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable non-profit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross; Google, LLC; PayPal; Amazon Smile; St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA); Omega Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Millennium 3 Management, Inc.; Dr. and Mrs. Colin A. Romero; and Charlie and Elise Pizzi.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF offices: info@africanbike.org.

CONTACT: A. Bruce Crawley
Tel: 215-751-0140
abcrawley@m3mpr.com

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African Bicycle Contribution Foundation Contributes 75 Additional Bamboo Bikes, including its 415th, in the Karaga District, Northern Region, Ghana

KARAGA, Ghana, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S.-based African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, today announced that it has distributed 75 additional, new, Eco-Ride bamboo bicycles, at no cost, to under-resourced students and teachers the Karaga Senior High School, in Karaga District, in Ghana’s Northern Region. Since the foundation’s inception in September 2016, it has now contributed 415 of the iconic Ghanaian-made bamboo bikes, across the country.

Karaga is, predominantly, a peasant farming community, where maize, groundnuts, soybeans, millet, and rice are cultivated.

Located in a district wherein the Ghanaian Statical Services has reported that 66 percent of the population has never been to school, the Karaga Senior High School has a student population of 1618 persons. It has been located in the Karaga District’s Nangung community since 2009, and the average distance traveled to and from school, by its students, daily, is more than 15 miles. Given those distances, some communities in the Karaga District have recently been recording school dropout rates of 90 percent, as students transition from primary school to JHS 1.

With a population of 77,706 persons, and an average household size of 10, Karaga is classified among the poorest and most under-served districts in Ghana.

In addition, 34 percent of Northern Region households are in the nation’s lowest income quintile, and the literacy rate among those who are 15 years of age, or older, is just 33 percent, as compared to Ghana’s national literacy rate of 72 percent, as of 2012.

Ghana’s Northern Region is also notable for its severe forms of chronic and acute malnutrition. Accordingly, 11 percent of Karaga’s households are defined as moderately or severely “food insecure.”

Patricia Marshall Harris, ABCF’s executive director, said the foundation was, once again, especially pleased to have purchased the 75 bicycles for the current distribution, from the Kumasi-based Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI).

She also emphasized that Karaga was probably one of the best places in Ghana to test the Foundation’s belief that student academic performance can be improved through better access to far-flung, rural school facilities. Ms. Harris also added, “The future of Ghana, we and GBBI’s CEO Bernice Dapaah all believe, is substantially dependent upon how well we can all assist the country’s children to have better access to education, no matter where they happen to live, so as to be able to compete and excel throughout the 21st century.”

ABCF also agrees with the findings in the 2014 Ghana Statical Services report that stressed that, left unaddressed, there will continue to be a huge gap in educational attainment between urban children and their rural counterparts. The report added that only eight percent of Ghana’s urban-dwelling children had no education, while almost one in every four of the country’s children who live in rural areas had no education.

The foundation is also guided by the 2018 report, “Dropout issues and Economic Implications: Evidence from Rural Ghana,” which included “poverty” and “long distances to school” among major contributors to the school dropout phenomenon in the country.

Ms. Dapaah was also hopeful that the bicycle distribution program might especially improve academic, economic and social outcomes for Karaga’s female students, whose achievements in those areas have been negatively impacted by the district’s pregnancy rates.

The actual bicycle distribution program, which was held at Karaga Senior High School, included:

  • Greetings by program moderator Mr. Kweku Mbeebi,
  • An opening prayer by student Abu Ada Yatasu,
  • An opening address by District Director of Education Hajia Rahamatu Garbah,
  • Remarks by GBBI founder Bernice Dapaah,
  • A brief speech by Nangung Chief Alhaji Abukari Nangung,
  • The actual presentation of the 75 bicycles to the students,
  • Remarks by Alhassan Abdulai, head teacher, Karaga Senior High School, and
  • Closing remarks by Mr Musah Yaya, a Karaga Senior High School teacher
    Map of Ghana with ABCF/GBBI icons marking bamboo bike distribution sites (April 18, 2019).

ABCF officials are planning to arrive in Ghana, in July 2019, to participate in the distribution of the foundation’s 500th free bamboo bicycle.

Who Is ABCF?
The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501©3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to under-resourced students, teachers, and transport-dependent small farmers and healthcare workers, in Ghana. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2500 bicycles in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

ABCF works in partnership with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, which produces the iconic Eco-Ride bamboo bicycle; the Bright Generation Community Foundation, the Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable non-profit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross; Google, LLC; PayPal; Amazon Smile; St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA); Omega Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Millennium 3 Management, Inc.; Dr. and Mrs. Colin A. Romero; and Charlie and Elise Pizzi.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF offices: info@africanbike.org.

CONTACT: A. Bruce Crawley
Tel: 215-751-0140
abcrawley@m3mpr.com

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More than 3,400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, says UN Children’s Fund

The latest assessment by UN Children’s FundUNICEF, indicates that around 3,400 classrooms have either been destroyed or damaged, with 2,713 out of action in theSofalaarea alone.

In some of the areas affected, schools will need extensive repair and rehabilitation after being converted into makeshift emergency shelters for children and families displaced by the huge storm, which barreled inland off the coast of Mozambique on 14 April, also causing damage and flooding across large areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi.

UNICEF is urging authorities to reconstruct schools in a more robust way, so they can withstand natural disasters in the future, and they are urging humanitarian partners involved in the mammoth recovery effort,to continue working together to implement solutionsrdquo; � such as establishing temporary learningcentres� to get children back in school as quickly as possible.

Any prolonged interruption in access to learning could have devastating consequences for children over both the short and long termrdquo;, said the agency. Education is essential for helping children return to a sense of normalcy following a traumatic event, like a major cyclone, and for their long-term development and prospects.rdquo;

UNICEF is also concerned that the disruption will compound what were already low rates of school enrolment and learning achievementrdquo; in Mozambique.iwithless than 20 per cent of secondary-school aged childrencurrently enrolled.

Dropout rates could increase if families whose property or livelihoods have been negatively affected by the cyclone are forced to send their children to work to make ends meet.

Teachers have also suffered because of the cyclone, the agency notes, proposing short-term financial support for educators affected by the disaster to help them re-build their lives.

The needs in Mozambique remain massive, with 1 million children in need of assistance. UNICEF has launched an appeal for US$122 million to support its humanitarian response for children and families affected by the storm and its aftermath, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi over the next nine months.

In immediate response to the storm, more than 14 countries, including five from Africa, deployed more than 100 assets to support the aid effort, said UN humanitarian coordination office,OCHA, including $14 million released from theCentral Emergency Response Fundby humanitarian affairs chief, MarkLowcock.

Food has been distributed from the first day of the disaster response, and more than one million people have been reached so far. More than 800,000 have been vaccinated against cholera, and more than 117,000 have received emergency shelter.

Source: United Nations (UN).

More than 3,400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, says UN Children’s Fund

The latest assessment by UN Children’s FundUNICEF, indicates that around 3,400 classrooms have either been destroyed or damaged, with 2,713 out of action in theSofalaarea alone.

In some of the areas affected, schools will need extensive repair and rehabilitation after being converted into makeshift emergency shelters for children and families displaced by the huge storm, which barreled inland off the coast of Mozambique on 14 April, also causing damage and flooding across large areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi.

UNICEF is urging authorities to reconstruct schools in a more robust way, so they can withstand natural disasters in the future, and they are urging humanitarian partners involved in the mammoth recovery effort,to continue working together to implement solutionsrdquo; � such as establishing temporary learningcentres� to get children back in school as quickly as possible.

Any prolonged interruption in access to learning could have devastating consequences for children over both the short and long termrdquo;, said the agency. Education is essential for helping children return to a sense of normalcy following a traumatic event, like a major cyclone, and for their long-term development and prospects.rdquo;

UNICEF is also concerned that the disruption will compound what were already low rates of school enrolment and learning achievementrdquo; in Mozambique.iwithless than 20 per cent of secondary-school aged childrencurrently enrolled.

Dropout rates could increase if families whose property or livelihoods have been negatively affected by the cyclone are forced to send their children to work to make ends meet.

Teachers have also suffered because of the cyclone, the agency notes, proposing short-term financial support for educators affected by the disaster to help them re-build their lives.

The needs in Mozambique remain massive, with 1 million children in need of assistance. UNICEF has launched an appeal for US$122 million to support its humanitarian response for children and families affected by the storm and its aftermath, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi over the next nine months.

In immediate response to the storm, more than 14 countries, including five from Africa, deployed more than 100 assets to support the aid effort, said UN humanitarian coordination office,OCHA, including $14 million released from theCentral Emergency Response Fundby humanitarian affairs chief, MarkLowcock.

Food has been distributed from the first day of the disaster response, and more than one million people have been reached so far. More than 800,000 have been vaccinated against cholera, and more than 117,000 have received emergency shelter.

Source: United Nations (UN).