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Qhubeka

Mobilising kids with bikes



South Africa

Phone No.: +27 83 326 0997
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E-mail adress:Info@qhubeka.org
 anthonyfitzhenry@mac.com
Internet:http://www.qhubeka.com
 http://www.qhubeka.org/qhubeka/HOME/HOME.html
Contact person: Anthony Fitzhenry

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Qhubeka, a Zulu word, which means `to move forward`, is a Corporate Social Investment project which aims to help rural communities advance their lives by providing bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and communities.

Qhubeka is a non for profit volunteer organisation and established in 2004 as a "Association not for Gain".

Qhubeka`s aim is to provide children in rural areas with reliable, affordable bicycles appropriate to conditions in their regions to enable them to get to schools faster with less effort and so be better able to absorb lessons that will ultimately help them progress in their quest for learning.

Qhubeka`s objectives are to design and support initiatives that advance socio-economic development in the poorest communities, thereby moving the region forward to greater social equity.

Projects:
Qhubeka supports Children`s Projects where children earn bikes as a reward for work done in the areas:
• Enterprise development
• Environment restoration
• Access to Education
• Sport development
Children that grow trees to earn bikes are called "Tree-preneurs", children that recycle and trade recyclables for bikes are called "Waste-preneurs". For 100 trees a Tree-preneur earns a bike and for 1,500kg’s of recyclables a Waste-preneur earns a bike.

Qhubeka Adult Projects aim to give people access to better lifestyle and healthcare through a focus on:
• Skills transfer: young adults are given bike mechanic training (both assembly and maintenance)
• Micro-finance: Qhubeka assists people in building spare parts supply and bike transporter businesses
• Health care workers: Qhubeka gives bikes to healthcare workers who work with Orphans & Vulnerable children (OVC), as well as home-based patient care

Anthony Fitzhenry is the Director of Qhubeka.
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