When kids wake up in the morning to get ready for the school day, they have a lot of things on their mind; school lessons, playing with friends and learning new things. However, in Northern Ghana, many children have to walk 10, 15 or even 20km before they can look forward to a normal day at school. As a result of these long journeys, very often in the sweltering heat, many children miss out on their right to a full education.
Hope for Children is changing this through their Bike Bank Initiative. Bike Banks have already had some success stories, and are making a real difference to 16-year-old Yakubu, who is now able to go to Junior High School regularly. “My parents do not have money to buy a bicycle for me, so the Bike Bank has helped me a lot,” he explains.
Earlier this month, at the start of the new school year, 245 children like Yakubu were able to get to school or attend vocational training, thanks to the grant from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.
Bike Banks operate a bit like libraries in local communities. Children can borrow a bike to get to and from school, for a very small fee. The Bikes are looked after by the community themselves, and will go on to benefit many more children in years to come.
Ruth Ogier, Hope for Children’s Programme Manager said, “We are incredibly thankful to Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, your support will make a huge difference to the lives of children in poor, rural communities that often get forgotten and left behind.”
Hope for Children is an international charity that passionately believes every child has the right to a healthy and positive childhood, and Thomas Cook are proud to support them in their amazing work.
Almost half of the world’s children are vulnerable and living in poverty. If you’d like to help Hope for Children continue their work to create safer, happier childhoods, you can donate on our website to show your support.