Revitalizing Women's Programs
Liz Bageant teaches a woman to ride in Ghana in 2007
Women’s programs will be re-energized, as Liz Bageant returns to Ghana for a year to strengthen our programs that get women riding and repairing bikes. We still need to raise $8000 to effectively fund our efforts. In Ghana, Liz will train new women instructors and evaluate and improve current programs to meet the needs of women. Liz will spend the fall with 300 women learning bike essentials; from riding skills to flat tire repair and learning to notice when bearings start to go loose. The 15 women’s workshops were organized by Peace Corps Volunteers in two Upper West communities.
During the seven months that Liz spent in Ghana in 2007, she identified several key areas in the project that needed extra attention. She wants to see a holistic re-working of the women’s programs, including the retention of a long-term female repair instructor and ongoing female leadership within the Ghanaian side of the project. Liz also plans to add Learning-to-Ride workshops for women and girls.
In addition to livening up VBP’s women’s programs, Liz will be conducting extensive research to evaluate the impact of the thousands of bicycles sent to Ghana through VBP. This will provide valuable information and shape the future of the program.
Liz is putting her recent degree in Development Sociology to work, developing market surveys as part of the impact assessment she will carry out over the coming year.
We hope you can help raise the $8000 still needed to pay for this long-term growth plan in support of women and bicycles in Ghana.
Or send a check to:
Village Bicycle Project
1915 11th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
All contributions are tax-deductible.