Salwa is a student at Umoja Secondary School in Eldoret, Kenya. When she learned to ride a bicycle, she fell many times, but did not give up. She was determined to try and try again until she succeeded. She took these lessons and applied them at school.
"When you are in school, when you fail an exam, you have to try again so you can make it," says Salwa.
Salwa shares her inspirational story about how the Power of Bicycles changed her life here:
In rural regions of developing countries, distance is the most common barrier for children to access an education. Often students spend many hours each day walking to school. They arrive tired and have little time to study- and many end up dropping out. But, with a bicycle, all of that changes.
Also, traditionally in this region, girls are not encouraged to ride bicycles. At Umoja Secondary School, girls chose to push back on these cultural constraints and break down gender barriers holding them back.
Through its 2017#GivingTuesday campaign, World Bicycle Relief hopes to empower many more students like Salwa to follow their educational dreams and .
To empower a student like Salwa with a bicycle, donate here: https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/together/