“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship” — Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
For the first time this year, I went to see the impact of Techbikers in Nepal.
Nisha Kadaba, our friend and associate development manager for Room to Read, helped coordinate a visit to the Shree Chandrajyoti Secondary School in Nuwakot District, about two hours from Kathmandu. The school was almost completely destroyed in the earthquake and part of the Techbikers 2015 proceeds are being used to rebuild it.
In the bumpy ride from the capital, you see the landscape change drastically from the crowded and dirty (partly still due to the earthquake) city to the green, lush valley, filled with terraces and small villages scattered in the mountains. We arrived to an impressive, heart-warming welcome committee.
I was filled with emotions of gratitude — to all the people that made this moment happen: the riders who participated in Techbikers, the corporate sponsors that believed in us and the hundreds (if not thousands) of donors who contributed to individual Techbiker’s fundraising campaigns since 2012.
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“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark” — Michelangelo
Room to Read reached 10 million children this year. We’re hoping to raise $1 million in funding for Room to Read this year. With the money we’ve raised since 2012, Room to Read have done the following:
4 schools constructed in Nepal
9 libraries established in India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Bangladesh
10 Literacy Instruction programmes implemented in South Africa, Nepal, Cambodia, and Bangladesh
50 teachers trained in South Africa
300 girls supported through the Girls’ Education Programme in India
1 school reconstruction in Nepal, post-earthquake (in progress)
Between 2012–2015, £230,000 was raised through the TechBikers campaign, these funds have impacted over 7,000 students across 5 countries! These figures are impressive — but now that I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of the communities benefiting from the Room to Read efforts in Nepal, I know that it is the life-changing, human impact that is the most impressive. And this is why I will be riding with purpose from Paris to London on the 24th of June.
John Wood, founder of Room to Read articulates beautifully the importance of the cause and where Techbikers fit in this short video: