SchoolCycle

She's already going places. With a bike, you're helping her go further.

Through the SchoolCycle program, Girl Up aims to help eliminate one of the biggest obstacles keeping girls out of school: distance. With a bike, she can obtain the education she needs to create a better future.

Malawi

SchoolCycle Malawi

Girl Up has provided 1,550 bicycles to girls in Malawi in partnership with UNFPA. Not only are these bicycles helping to keep girls in school, but they have also enabled girls to access and attend youth clubs where they learn sexual education, life skills, and trade skills such as tailoring, brick laying, electrical installation and the production of sanitary pads.

In 2014, Girl Up supporters raised enough funds to provide 550 bicycles to girls in Malawi. In September 2015, these bicycles were distributed in two villages: Katuli in the township of Mangochi and Masache in the township of Chikhwawa. All girls received spare parts kits alongside the bicycles which included front and rear tires, spokes, pumps and patching kits. Girls received maintenance training in order to repair their own bicycles and some are now generating their own income by repairing bikes of other community members. By the end of 2015, adolescent girls’ school attendance in those two communities had improved by 21.4%. One hundred percent of in-school girls who received bicycles in 2015 are still in school and continuing their education.

Because of the success of the first SchoolCycle campaign, UNFPA requested 1,000 more bicycles to girls who needed them in Malawi – and Girl Up supporters helped deliver. In 2017 we raised enough funds to reach our goal, and the bicycles will be distributed to girls in Malawi soon.