Written By: Jana Nickason
This Season, it’s time to embrace the spirit of giving by supporting a great initiative and giving a gift that’s truly meaningful, like a ‘bicycle ambulance’. In the Ugandan community of Kanyamahene, villagers live without access to medical facilities and even worse, they have no means of getting to the nearest clinic. About 40% of women living in the Kisoro region die in transit because of birthing and pregnancy complications. Even though the Rubuguri Health Clinic is only 15 kilometres away, the only way anyone can get there is on foot. If a villager becomes ill, all the men have to carry the sick person to the facility, making that 15-kilometres destination seem like a world away. The trip takes about 6 hours each way, meaning that all the men give up their income for that day. However, a bicycle ambulance would mean that only 2 people have to go on the journey instead of 50. Any repairs would be at a reasonable price that the community could afford and a leadership committee would run the program. Additionally, a local company in Uganda makes the bicycles, so the program supports the country’s growing economy.
The ‘Gift Outside the Box’ Campaign redefines what is means to give someone a gift that they will truly value. By participating in the campaign, you can send a postcard to your friend, notifying them that a donation has been made to a Uganda village on their behalf. If you want a gift idea that’s truly outside of the box and unique, you’ll considering giving a bicycle ambulance. It will be heart-warming for the recipient and represent an amazing change for the village.