Water on wheels

A wheely wonderful charity gift – a bike is the perfect way to get to some of the hardest-to-reach, rural areas. In fact, a bicycle is just the ticket when it comes to making sure families in the remotest communities have everything they need to live – especially access to clean, safe water.

Why buy this Water on wheels gift?

  • Treat the keen cyclists in your life to this brilliant two-wheeled charity gift. Show them how pedal power can change the lives of vulnerable people around the world!
  • Help local experts to reach the remotest parts of their communities, to make sure everyone is safe and has access to clean drinking water.
  • A bicycle can help local experts achieve far more with their time – allowing them to help more people by going further, faster.

Case study: Delivering safe water on wheels

“When I received the bike, I was very happy. I’ve never had a bike before.” Raphael, Uganda

Raphael is a water pump mechanic who maintains bore holes and pumps in a remote, rural region of Uganda. Without him, the communities he serves would not have clean, safe water. Before Raphael received his bike, he had to walk miles and miles to access water sources, as well as to buy spare parts from the local town. His work was slow and exhausting.

Thankfully, Raphael now has a bike! He is able to reach the remotest boreholes quickly, to make sure they are properly working. Cycling into town to buy spare parts, and delivering them to the repair sites, is now much faster too. With all this extra time he is able to help far more people access clean water.

Raphael also uses his bicycle to get sick people to the hospital and his children to school. With his extra earnings, Raphael is even buying food for other families who are struggling. He told us: “I am grateful to CAFOD for enabling me to do my work as a hand-pump mechanic by providing me with tools and a bicycle.”

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