With over 60% of the population living on less than $1.25 per day (UNDP, 2017), and education becoming difficult to attain, Malawi has a Human Development Index of 0.477 ranking it 171 out of 189 countries. (For comparison, America has an HDI of 0.924 and Mexico of 0.774). Malawi, to say the least is one of the most impoverished nations in the world.
Malawi is a landlocked country located in southeast Africa and is about the size of Pennsylvania. Malawi is referred to as “The Warm Heart of Africa” by both locals and visitors for its friendly spirit and welcoming people but, despite the optimism of its culture, Malawi is one of the poorest places in the world. A long-term solution must be sought.
One of immediate needs in Malawi also moves its people to a long-term solution—bicycles. Since a large portion of the population has to travel daily to carry loads of water or wood for daily use, there is little time for children to take advantage of public schools. The illiteracy in Malawi exasperates the existing conditions. Specialized bicycles are the most effective means of reducing time needed to collect daily provisions and increasing school attendance by children.
With approximately 19.2 million people living in Malawi, and almost 50% of the population under the age of 15 (CIA World Factbook, 2017), increasing school attendance, thus increasing literacy is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer the future of Malawi.
We are currently working with Compassionate Ministry country director Chinsinsi Amos Phiri who is also the lead pastor at Area 25 Church of the Nazarene in Lilongwe, Malawi. Our new goal is to provide Pastor Chinsinsi with 500 Buffalo Bikes by January 2020 so that he can distribute them to pastoral families across the area.
With these bicycles, the pastoral families will be able to collect provisions, provide needed transportation to hospitals, make many more pastoral visits, ensure that their children attend schools, and provide for the needs of the people in their communities.
The bicycles we are providing are Buffalo Bicycles and are designed specifically for the terrain and needs of the African people. While a bicycle may seem like a toy or a luxury for most of us, it is the difference in a child attending school or a healthcare worker being able to reach a patient.
Each Buffalo Bicycle costs $175.00. We are asking you to buy an extra bike this year for someone whose life will be changed by it.
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