Reflections on the visit by Molly Burke

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Reflections on the visit by Molly Burke

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Reflections by the Pencils for Africa Editorial Team after the visit

from Molly Burke, Executive Director of Bicycles Against Poverty

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Nicolas, Editor-in-Chief

Dear Molly,

First of all, I would like to formally thank you for coming in to talk to us about your organization.

I had a great time listening to the interesting topic of giving bicycles to people in African communities. I think that it is great that you partnered with PFA because we would like to work with you, even more, to help spread peace in Africa.

I was very glad to hear that our funding from the PFA Hot Chocolate sale bought a bike for a woman in Africa!

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It was amazing to know that we were directly making a difference in Africa and I believe that we have you to thank. I truly believe that renting bicycles out to people in Africa is a phenomenal idea with a positive influence. As you said, there are many issues involving transportation in Africa, and I know that Bicycles Against Poverty is the solution.

It can help people bring their goods to the market, it can help a parent bring a sick child to the doctor, and it can even help children to go to school.

There are so many different ways that these bicycles can give a helping hand to people in Africa, and it humbles me to be apart of that helping hand.

Thank you so much.

Nicolas

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I was very glad to hear that our funding from the PFA Hot Chocolate sale bought a bike for a woman in Africa!

— Nicolas

Colin

Colin, Deputy Editor

I was really inspired by my meeting with Molly Burke.

When we had lunch with her I learned that we can help Bicycles Against Poverty by raising awareness at our school.

I also learned that a bicycle can make all the difference, and can even save someone’s life by giving them access to medical care.

With a bicycle people can compete in a tough economy and better themselves. The work that Molly does to give them access to this opportunity is really amazing.

I now realize how lucky we are to have access to transportation and I would like to raise awareness about how we can give other people the opportunity to transport their items, go to school, or get to medical care by simply affording them a bicycle.

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With a bicycle people can compete in a tough economy and better themselves. I now realize how lucky we are to have access to transportation and I would like to raise awareness about how we can give other people the opportunity to transport their items, go to school, or get to medical care by simply affording them a bicycle.

— Colin

Carly

Carly, Assistant Editor

Meeting with Molly was such an inspiring experience.

The common thing I found between everyone we have interviewed is they have gone into Africa and listened to what the Africans needed or could do.

For instance, with Ketty, Africans told her they could make beads. This led her to ship beads the ladies made back to America to sell.

Molly Burke listened to what the village in Uganda needed, transportation was the need and bikes were the answer.

Knowing this led her to have a successful organization that has helped many Africans in Uganda.

The common thing I found between everyone we have interviewed is the fact that they have gone into Africa and first listened to what the Africans needed.

— Carly

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BenBen, Assistant Editor

Molly Burke is an amazing mentor to us at PFA.

Setting a high bar as an example of giving back to a group of people who are most in need.

I was very impressed after hearing that we, as a school, were able to raise enough money for one bike in the village in Uganda. I am very happy to hear that in times of emergencies someone can take that bike with their child to the hospital. I can’t imagine a child having an asthma attack and not being able to get to a doctor.

I have set high hopes for the Bikes Against Poverty program in the future and feel fortunate that we have been introduced to Molly.

I am very happy to hear that in times of emergencies someone can take that bike with their child to the hospital.

— Ben

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BlancheRBlanche, Assistant Editor

I think Molly is a great person with world changing ideas.

Bicycles Against Poverty is an awesome idea, I mean it’s not only a bike to travel. A bike can save lives by taking people to the hospital.

It can help someone with their lives by bringing even more merchandise to the market to sell or help children go to school faster instead of having to walk so much.

A bike can help someone with their lives by bringing even more merchandise to the market.

— Blanche

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Lucia's Question

Lucia, Assistant Editor

I loved Molly’s personality.

She showed me how to motivate myself in different ways.

Molly is a confident woman who is clearly doing what she loves and is obviously very passionate about her work.

When we saw her in the tiny little screen on FaceTime her eyes lit up, which intrigued me. In every single word that she spoke I felt as if she was right there even though she was miles and miles away for the art studio at Saint Hilary School.

If she can connect with us miles away it comes as no surprise what an impact she makes in Uganda with Bicycles Against Poverty.

I loved Molly’s personality. 

If Molly can connect with us so many miles away it comes as no surprise what an impact she makes in Uganda with Bicycles Against Poverty.

— Lucia

Shannon

Lucia, Carly and Shannon raising money for BAP

I am very happy that I was a part of the fundraising efforts to raise money for Bicycles Against Poverty and by extension all of the people who are not nearly as fortunate as me. 

The organization has a brilliant way of helping people in Africa and I intend to do all that I can to support them.

— Shannon

ShannonPFAShannon, Assistant Editor

Building a charity organization that works against poverty by providing bicycles seemed a bit odd to me at first glance, but as I researched deeper into Bicycles Against Poverty, I realized the brilliance of the organization. A bicycle does not only address and help fix one major problem, but several.

I read that approximately five thousand children in Africa die each day due to dehydration or diseases caused by the impurities in the drinking water. In many poor places in Africa, there is no access to clean, safe water.

Bicycles given to people in remote villages and/or poor living conditions can be transportation to travel long distances to retrieve water without being away from their families for too long. I read on the website for Bicycles Against Poverty that many problems come from a mother being away to fetch water for prolonged periods of time, it affects their children and the way they grow up.

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One of the things I liked best about Bicycles Against Poverty is that the organization does not only enable people to get clean water and get medical treatment, but it also gives a way for people to start helping themselves out of poverty.

— Shannon

Many water-related diseases, and many diseases, have cures. The trouble, again, is in access. There are hospitals and medical centers in Africa, but often they are not in or near smaller, poorer villages. People often need a way to get there besides their own two feet. Bicycles are a good answer to this problem.

One of the things I liked best about Bicycles Against Poverty is that the organization does not only enable people to get clean water and get treatment, but it also gives a way for people to start helping themselves out of poverty. A bicycle can help a person bring more produce to a market, or materials to sell textiles. It allows people to earn money to fund their children’s education so that they may move up and get a good job or go to a city or a town and work.

They can save money to help their community or help their neighbors.

I am very happy that I was a part of the fundraising efforts to raise money for Bicycles Against Poverty and by extension all the people who are not nearly as fortunate as me. The organization has a brilliant way of helping people in Africa and I intend to do all that I can to support them.

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