From the Ground Up
Over the last few months over $2,000 has been raised in support of my fundraising initiative with ‘Free the Children’. I am amazed with all the care and support everyone has already shown. Thank you, because together we can make a difference.
On July 7th, I will begin my ‘Cycling Journey Around the World’. For the first leg of the journey all funds raised will be going towards the construction and outfitting of a school, in a village called Guang Ming. The village is located in China’s Sichuan Province. The community is in desperate need of a new school for the start of the next school year in September. The construction of the school has already begun; however, more funds are needed to expand and outfit the new school.
Children between the ages of 6 and 13 in the Guang Ming community are obligated to attend school; however, students face many barriers to accessing a quality education. The primary school only has three classrooms, but they are all declared unsafe. One of the classrooms cannot be used at all because it is too dangerous, so students and teachers are left with two remaining classrooms. As a result, there are multiple grades in each classroom and some teachers have to carry out lessons outdoors.
Despite the multi-grade rooms, not all students can be accommodated. Students are forced to travel two and a half hours through the mountains to attend school in another community where there is enough room for them. Because this option is dangerous for students, 10% of primary school aged children drop out and help their parents in agricultural activities to generate more income and girls are expected to take care of their younger siblings after school.
Currently, there are four teachers in Guang Ming Primary School, but of the four, only one teacher is adequately trained. Similarly, in the neighbouring school that students travel to, there are six teachers but only four of them are trained. ‘Free The Children’ is committed to working with the local government and community to construct a new school that will contribute to a safe and positive learning environment for all children. For more information on the community in Guang Ming, please read the community report provide below by the kind people at ‘Free the Children’.
The goal is to raise $10,000 to contribute to the construction of a classroom while I ride through China. We are already 20% of the way there. With your help we can give the children in the Guang Ming community a chance for a proper and safe education. Click to Donate
Thank you once again for all your support!
Posted on June 22, 2014, in Adventure, Around the World, Charity, China, Cycling, Inspiration, Motivation, Thoughts, Travel and tagged Adventure, Around the World, Awesome, Charity, Cycling, Free the Children, Fundraising, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.