On Friday 26 September, another 250 school children in Orange Farm received brand new Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles through the Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP), in partnership with World Vision SA.
Currently, 50% of school children in Orange Farm walk the entire route from home to school, with an average trip taking 40 minutes each way (which for an average child means they walk over 3km to school and back each day). These Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles will help the children to get to school on time as riding instead of walking cuts down a child’s commute time by up to 75%.
Orange Farm is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s largest informal settlements and houses at least 10% of Johannesburg’s residents. There are over 1 million residents, of which 70% are estimated to live on less than R10.00 or $1 a day. Most households earn less than R5 000 ($500) a month yet spend between R500 and R1 000 ($50 to $100) on transport each month.