Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bikes in Bumpe

Bumpe High school has just acquired fifteen bicycles for use by students who have been walking long distances to the school.  When we learned here in Morgantown, WV, that the Village Bicycle Project was distributing bikes and training in Ghana (and Sierra Leone!), we contacted them to inquire about some Bikes for Bumpe!  Dave Pelham responded quickly with information about their bike workshops and sales programs.

It was fortuitous that some dedicated donors at Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown had a buckful of pocket change they had collected to help make "Change in Bumpe".  A generous anonymous donor added some larger bills to the pot and the total contribution was adequate to fund costs of a full day bicycle workshop in Bumpe including purchase of the bicycles.  Hindo Kposowa assisted as Dave (VBP)  arrived with bicycles and tools to spend the day teaching students and others how to maintain, repair and ride bicycles.  Bikes can now be checked out by responsible students who will use them for their trip to and from school. The smiles in the photos make it clear that everyone is delighted with this new program.

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