Bicycle as an Emergency Response to Covid-19

The overall objective of this Bicycle Rapid Emergency Response is to address the critical areas related to the ongoing lockdown and travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Implemented in the villages of Nabukosi, Lumuli Kalugu, Lubani, Mabira and Bubugo in Butagaya Sub County. The project’s particular focus was on facilitating poor families to access markets and health facilities.

Multi – Input Resilience Project

As a result of the Bicycle Emergency response that was implemented during the lockdown, FABIO realised that there was urgency to build the capacities of people in preparing themselves in times of crisis/disaster. FABIO with support from ALL WE CAN embarked on the Multi-Input Resilience Project in Butagaya in six (6) villages of Nabukosi, Bulanga, Bubugo, Lubani, Lumuli and Mabira.

This project is intended to improve knowledge of vulnerable community members on how to prepare for and / or respond to disaster. The project is designed in VISLA model where eight (8) groups were formed in those villages and these were trained on the basic saving skills upon completion of the trainings, each group received bicycles and start up equipment for starting a VISLA.

The groups already started saving as it is anticipated that one uses a bicycle to do something productive and then able to save some money for the future.

Cycle to School Programme

FABIO has continued with implementation of its cycle to school programme in Butagaya Sub-County with the motive of increasing retention in schools hence improving performance.

As a result of the closure of schools, FABIO had suspended this program. However due to the community cry, FABIO re-embarked on this programme with prospects that children can now use these bicycles to help the parents in some of the activities that can help them raise their tuition.

This year FABIO has handed 100 bicycles to the people of Butagaya with Faith that if utilized very well, we shall not have more cases of school dropouts especially among the young girls as a result of long distances.

Cycle For Health Care Programme

In many rural areas in Uganda, access to medical care is often difficult and sometimes even not possible at all. This programme aims at ensuring access to health care services and information through provision of bicycle ambulances and bicycles to Village Health Teams (VHTs). 

This project mainly benefits the pregnant, children, elderly and unconscious people. FABIO wants to contribute to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (better health and well-being) by distributing bicycle ambulances and trailers to villages in these rural areas of Uganda.

Cycle For Economic Empowerment Programme

This programme focuses on increasing incomes for vulnarable communities through provision of subsidized bicycles to various groups of people including among others the youths, women and low income earners. The Projects under this programme include:

Bicycle for womenWomen are provided with bicycles at a subsidized price which can be paid in installments. This project aims at enabling women to access gardens and markets there by selling their produce and hence enabling them earn incomes.

Bicycle Sponsorship Project: This project looks at providing subsidized bicycles to people working in low income jobs below UGX 300,000

The Cargo Bike Project: The cargo bike is a bicycle with a specialized trailer used to carry cargo by the target communities.

E - Mobility in Uganda

This programme aims at ensuring access to health care services and information through provision of bicycle ambulances and bicycles to village Health Teams (VHTs) respectively. The motor has 3 levels of assistance with level 3 providing the most assistance and level 0 with no assistance.

Governance And Human Rights Programme

The Governance and Human Rights Program aims at strengthening and nurturing communities to advocate for democracy that serves all citizens in Uganda. The program works for social, economic and political accountability of local government to the communities. We have organized groups like “Pressure from below group” in Walukuba Masese, Mafubira Peoples Parliament, Think Tanks and citizen engagement forums for the transport sector which have caused tremendous impact in the community.

Advocacy For Sustainable Transport Programme

Since 2001, FABIO advocates for active and sustainable transport. Recognizing that most of the African countries including Uganda did bot have comprehensive transport policies and plan, we engage on activities with the ministry of Works and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for and looks at reducing on congestion and accidents in Kampala where majority victims are NMT users, FABIO embarked on an advocacy campaign for clean, inclusive Public Transport systems and we identified BRT as one of the inclusive public transport in 2004.

Kampala is a component of NMT Transport, KCC then now KCCA, and lower urban councils of Jinja and Iganga. The major focus of this program is to see that issues of non-motorised transport are considered in the different national and local Government plans.