In Tamale in northern Ghana bicycles are an essential means of getting about, but the roads are rough and getting bikes repaired is far from straightforward. There isn’t such a thing as a local bike shop. Even if there were, few people could afford to buy new parts, let alone a new bike. Tools for Self Reliance’s partner Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC) is doing something about this.
With our help NORSAAC trains young people who have dropped out of school to be bicycle mechanics and helps them set up their own businesses. Here’s what Adam Abdul Matin said about his training:
Now my life has changed. When day breaks I come out to work. I feel good and happy because what I learnt is useful to me daily. I can buy what I want such as clothes for myself. And I can now feed myself.
Iain and Isabel Whyte of the Tibden Charitable Trust who visited the project:
The bicycle repair project struck us as an excellent example of cost effective income generation owned by local communities. It is a practical attempt to help reverse the drift to the cities of some of those who cannot support themselves in rural areas.
How you can help
You can sponsor this project by making a regular donation of at least £5 a month via JustGiving in two simple steps.
- 1. Click on the link below and make your monthly donation.
- 2. Type ‘sponsor Norsaac’ in the message box after you have set up your donation.
If you don’t want to sponsor this project but would still like to make a donation you can do so by clicking on the link below.