Especially in Uganda's rural areas, it's hard for pupils to attend school regularly. Besides school, the children have to fulfill several responsibilities in their families. They help their parents to cultivate and sell agricultural products, care for their younger siblings, collect firewood or carry water...
As the population density is very low, pupils as well as teachers have to cover long distances to school; it's not unusual to walk ten or more kilometers to school which can easily take two hours – per direction. And as children have to help their families at home before going to school, they often reach late or not at all.
From experience, Senior Two is the level at which majority of students, especially girls, drop out of school as a result of adolescence stage effects. This include early pregnancies, contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections and early marriages. Girls are specifically gullible to deceit by the opposite sex, taking advantage of walking distance and time from home to school.
A bicycle can increase people's access to socio-economic services notably. It bridges the distance gap to education services for students and teachers and reduces time spent on the road. It also ensures that the students save more time to assist their parents or guardians with household chores, which is their a social responsibility.
Researches show, that Cycle 2 school programs reduce the beneficiaries dropout rate by approximately 20% with higher effect on girls, while students grades improved by 30%. We usually don't give out the bicycles for free. Our experience showed us, that the impact of these programs will increase drastically when the beneficiaries contribute a small amount to the bicycle. Due to their own contribution, the beneficiaries cherish their bicycle more than the ones who got it for free. Owners that paid for their bicycle keep it in a better condition, use it more often and take care of it. The beneficiaries contribution is usually made through small installments that can be generated through using the bicycle for income creation. Furthermore, the Bicycle will offer new income-generating activities to the family and ease their daily life.
By using a bicycle, people can fetch up to five times more water in the same time, agricultural products can easily be carried to the market and sick people will be transported to the Health Center using a bicycle.