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Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa
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25 bikes to go to school and rebuild young lives

Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

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“It is like a mathematic proportion: the less people in one country has, more friendly and generous is people who live there”.

It was late last summer when we met Jordi and Joana, two young Catalans who had decided to embark on a new adventure and travel around the African continent.

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Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

A friend of them had talked about our ambassador program – our international network of collaborators who help us identify and audit many of the social projects we are involved with – and that’s how we met.

Based on the route they had in mind, we planned their visit to some of the cooperation projects that we are currently helping to financein Africa.

What motivated them to embark on this adventure? What challenges are they encountering? What is their journey like? If you want to know a little more of them, keep reading!

Jordi and Joana, 6 months in Africa and 6 more in Central Asia. What has led you to venture into this new project?

For some time ago, we always wanted to do a long trip and the idea that motivated us most was to know part of the African continent. We had the feeling that we could find very authentic people there, very different ways of living and a spectacular nature. In addition, it was a very big challenge for us because of the way of traveling, totally different from how we had been doing so far. For now, all our expectations have been fulfilled!

When and how did you take this decision?

We had been waiting for the right conditions for 4 years. In 2010 we made a similar trip in Asia and then, back here, it was quite difficult to find a job and to re-establish our lives. So, when we found the way to go without losing our current job, we made the final decision.

What have you done so far?

So far, we have met the people in Madagascar, we have been relaxing for a few days in the Seychelles, we have explored the most isolated corners of Kenya, the nature of Uganda has surprised us and we have enjoyed the green of Rwanda. To all this, one of the most intense moments that we have lived have been the visits to Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda) as ambassadors of Worldcoo.

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What has surprised you the most?

We have been surprised about many things, and most of them are related to the people.  For example, seeing the isolation and simplicity with which many people live in these countries, it takes more than half an hour to get closer to children who had never seen European people. And one thing that we have already seen but it does not stop surprising us is to see that the less has the population of a country, the more friendly and generous are the people that live there. It looks like a mathematical proportion.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Without any doubt, visiting the social project in Tuum and then continue to Lake Turkana, Kenya. It is one of the most inhospitable and isolated areas where we have ever been. Most of these villages do not have any kind of transportation that connects them to each other and we had been waiting 5 hours for a vehicle to pass through the dirt road. Even so, the reward was greater than the difficulty.

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As you know, our network of ambassadors helps us identify social projects and visit them in order to guarantee total transparency in everything. In the coming days, we will share with you their experience in the village of Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda), where we are currently collaborating to improve the living conditions of children and adolescents.

Worldcoo Team.

25 bikes to go to school and rebuild young lives

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Last week we announced in our social network that Santa Fixie has contributed to founded one more project that will help that 25 youth from the slums of Nairobi will be trained as mechanics and employed in Cycloville’s network of Bikes Shops, which will help them to have. One more time, challenge succeed thanks to more than 900 users who participated! You can remember it HERE.

And now we move to Uganda with a new aim: distribute bicycles for 25 orphaned girls living in child-headed households. Thanks of that, now they will be able to travel to school to pursue their studies and access the local market to sell their goods, as well as pick up medical supplies, HIV medication and other essential prevention medication from the nearest medical facility. With education, these girls will have a greater chance of securing employment after they graduate.

chance for childhood_logoThis is what is doing Chance for Childhood, an international organisation who helps local communities to protect their children and give them the chance of a proper childhood. One such example is “Rebuilding Young lives” project, which currently supports hundreds of orphaned children living in child-headed households in northern Uganda, a region that has been devastated by almost two decades of conflict and more than 3 million children are orphaned and robbed of their childhoods.

The organisation has noticed that in Uganda the “adult” of the family is almost always an adolescent girl, of between 15 and 18 years, who has no choice but to stay at home because they live too far away from the nearest school and they have no means of transportation.

Bikes can be a life changer for these young girls, ensuring that they are no longer excluded from learning, can travel to the nearest school or Youth Centre and transport their goods to market, take their siblings to school and, perhaps most importantly, reach the hospital and medical supplies when a younger sibling becomes critically ill.

If you want to follow the project, you can do it through this LINK. 

Worldcoo team.

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