Bicycles for Children in Developing Countries
 
Launched in 2012, the project's aim is to provide bicycles to impoverished children of Cambodia so they may have the opportunity to attend school.  As many of the poor children in these countries have to walk well over ten kilometers to school, they simply cannot attend without the aid of a bicycle.  Shortcuts through fields and jungle offer the prospect of encountering long forgotten landmines, unexploded ordinances, or poisonous snakes. 
 
In addition to enabling a child to get an education, the provision of a bicycle provides the family with a cheap and viable means of transportation.  On average 800 to 1,000 bicycles are distributed each year.
 
Tools and bicycle pumps are also provided, along with support for the establishment of repair shops to ensure the bikes remain in good working order. The used bikes are shipped in containers requiring re-assembly prior the distribution.
 
The program also involves the distribution of other items such as rice, mosquito nets and toothbrushes and toothpaste - including the proper brushing techniques. Other clubs in District 7010, including the North Bay club, provide financial support to the project, with some fellow Rotarians also joining the Gravenhurst team to head to Cambodia each year. For more information on how you can be a part of a future distribution trip email - rotarywheelsforlearning@gmail.com.
 
For more info click HERE.
 
The Cambodia School Build Program started through a need that came to light as part of the bike distribution.