We have launched a Bicycle Appeal designed to help us raise funds for our programmes.

It’s really simple! All you have to do is contact us if you have a bicycle that you do not use (whether it’s in working order or not) or which you wish to donate to our cause!

We’ll collect it from your home, repair it, then sell it to raise funds for our campaign.

A typical bicycle donation can raise between £20 and £50 after repair expenses. This is money that can be used to make an important intervention in someone’s life, including contributing towards fees for a course (education bills), or contributing to a micro-grant.

So, why does it matter?

Our projects matter because young people tend to be the most affected demographic in countries with weak governance or weak institutions. This can create unintended consequences such as unsustainable levels of unemployment  (See https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/may-2013/africa%E2%80%99s-youth-%E2%80%9Cticking-time-bomb%E2%80%9D-or-opportunity for more information).

Oshede can help address this anomaly by paying for young people to get a qualification beyond their primary and secondary-level qualifications. This is important because research shows that it can help someone get a better job with which to gain financial independence – something they would otherwise not be able to do without the post-secondary training.

Furthermore, unlike the case in most western countries, post-secondary education is not free in most parts of the developing world. You can’t just apply for some grant or financial help because more often than not it’s not available. So because of the fees charged for courses such as Mechanical Engineering, Brick-laying, IT or Plumbing, young people who wish to take these courses cannot afford to do so.

Secondly, research shows that micro-grants can help people create additional income streams which can help them gain financial independence.

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Written by

oshede staff

Oshede is an empowerment initiative to help people in developing regions with assistance towards post-secondary education / developing a sustainable income via a micro-enterprise.