Qhubeka 2015 Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP) recipients

Of the 17 million children in South Africa, 11 million walk to school. Some schoolchildren spend four hours getting to school and back daily*.

Research shows that education is an essential element in ­fighting disease and poverty in developing countries. While the scope of this problem is broad, one way to immediately increase school attendance and children’s wellbeing is safe, reliable and affordable transportation… enter bicycles.

*Source: South African National Household Transport Survey, 2013



Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”.

Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need

Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.

In 2015, Qhubeka and its implementation partner, World Vision, have distributed over 5000 bicycles to schoolchildren in rural Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape through BEEP.

2015 BEEP recipients by gender and project area

F= Female recipients

M= Male recipients

Note: where the gender field was left blank (3 individuals), the data was discarded.

Source: Qhubeka and World Vision M&E data for 2015.

Number of schoolchildren who have received bicycles through BEEP in 2015 (by province)




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