Monday, November 13, 2017
My Time, My Ride, My Choice
Recognizing a mother's role in a strong, thriving family, DARNA put emphasis on creating opportunities and training for women and young girls. To assist in the effort to keep kids enrolled in school, DARNA introduced bicycles to those students at risk of dropping out due to long, tiring commutes.
From our initial donation, over 400 students received bicycles in northern Morocco. 117 of these student beneficiaries were girls.
When they approached us this year to place another container we identified the need from Morocco and found St. Louis had the type of bikes requested. It was a match!
This shipment arrived late in September and students have already been paired with bikes. This time, the bikes were distributed among nearly 40 different communities and the kids ranged in age from 8-17.
Miriem (on the right) uses her bike to visit her Grandmother who lives far away. She can now travel that distance on her own schedule, without needing to wait for public transportation which can also be expensive. "I feel much more independent now."
Miriem also enjoys the physical exercise her bike provides. "I feel like a bird, I love it!"