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Give a Bicycle To a Village Health Worker in Uganda

Item # 47081

Bicycles, combined with the dedication of Amuru village health workers and St. Mary's Lacor Hospital, are saving lives in Northern Uganda.

In 2006, Northern Uganda emerged from a twenty-year war wrought with displacement, lack of security, and a debilitated health system. To help communities recover, St. Mary's Lacor Hospital in Gulu partnered with NGOs to train over 400 community members in rural Amuru as village health workers.

Village health workers provide vital services to rural communities, visiting the sick, administering medication, making referrals to health centers, and providing health education. But these dedicated health workers still have to get to the rural communities that need them most, and affordable, reliable transportation is hard to come by.

Bikes Not Bombs responds to this need by shipping forty-foot containers of donated mountain bikes to Amuru. The organization also trains village health workers in bicycle mechanics, and establishes necessary bicycle repair infrastructure to provide for long-term repair and maintenance of the bikes. With bikes, health workers travel to patients' homes three to four times as quickly.

You can help — just $30 provides a bike to a health worker. Your donation funds the transit cost (shipping, importation, and inland trucking) for sending one donated bicycle to a Village Health Worker in Northern Uganda.


Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of donated bicycles each year, working both locally and internationally to create and implement youth programs and community-based development projects that support sustainable transportation, create jobs, and mobilize individuals to be leaders in community transformation.


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