Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

Stories From Madagascar

<p>Here are some background stories from the people who received bikes as part of our project in Madagascar <br /><br /> JEAN PHILEMON ZOTONANTENAINA<br />He is responsible for 5 villages as inspector of proper disposal of butchery entrails of cows.&nbsp; He will use the bicycle when he makes the purchase of phytosanitaire at Ambositra which is 45 kms.&nbsp; The&nbsp; transportation cost from where he lives Ambatomarina to Ambositra is 40.000 fmg.&nbsp; The bicycle therefore will reduce his transportation cost so he can use it instead to support his family.</p><p><br />JEAN THEODILE RANDRIAMIADANTSOA<br />He works for rural development in the commune of Andina and takes care of 5 villages.&nbsp; He will use the bicyle to carry vaccines and insecticides for the farmers and to ferry also vegetables to sell in the market of Ambositra which is 17 kms from Andina.&nbsp; The transportation cost is 20.000 fmg to Ambositra.&nbsp; </p><p><br />JEAN BAPTISTE RAKOTOZAFY<br />He is in charge of the rural development of the zone of Imady situated 17 kms from Ambositra.&nbsp; He will use the bicycle to accompany&nbsp; or visit the farmers to areas not accessible by car or bus.</p><p><br />PASCAL RASAMIMANANARIVO<br />He is in class Terminal in Ambositra and take charge of his brothers and sisters who are studying in the city.&nbsp; He will use the bicycle to carry their food provision for the week.&nbsp; They live 17 kms away from Ambositra and on foot another 7 kms.</p><p><br />GABRIEL RAZANKOLONA<br />He is 46 years old and a farmer who lives in Anjamahitsy which is 14 kms away from Mahabo;&nbsp; He has 7 children and would like to use the bicycle to carry his farm products to the market of Mahabo.&nbsp; He also works as head catechist for Analamtsivala and usually go on foot to visit the villages&nbsp; which ranges from 6 kms to 20 kms. away.&nbsp; The bicycle will facilitate his workload and will also be able to help his family.</p><p><br />TOLDRAZA ANDRE<br />He lives in Mananjaka and has 3 children.&nbsp; He earns his living by farming.&nbsp; During the rainy season he plants rice and during the dry season he collects honey in the forest.&nbsp; His village is 6 kms away from the nearest market at Mahabo.&nbsp; He has to take fruits and vegetables to market and carry it on his head to market.&nbsp; He is also a catechist in charge of his sector and visits the villages during weekends.&nbsp; These villages are remote and have to walk from 10 to 15 kms.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bicycle will be a great help to lighten his load and facilitate his evangelisation of the word of God to his neighbors.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He belongs to the province of Morondava, region of Menabe, southwest of Madagascar.</p><p><br />DOLAY MAMPITOETSY<br />He comes fromAnkilivalo and has two children.&nbsp; He is working as a part time teacher in a small school in Betsiriry.&nbsp; This village is 7 kms. away from where he lives and he has to walk everyday to reach it.&nbsp; He also do some farming and he needs to bring his products to Mahabo to be able to sell at a higher price.&nbsp; Mahabo is 18 kms. away from Ankilivalo.&nbsp; When he has to bring papers of the school to Mahabo, he always has to go on foot .&nbsp;&nbsp; Aside from all these, he also gives his time to the church by being a head catechists of his sector.&nbsp; The sector covers&nbsp; 6 to 14 kms distance away from where he lives.&nbsp; The bicycle therefore will play a very important role in the performance of all his designated tasks. </p><p><br />C/O SR. MARIA GAUCI<br />Sr. Maria Gauci is a nurse and serves the poor of Ankaramena by her mobile clinic as the poor lives in the hinterlands.&nbsp; When they are sick they try to bring their sick along the road where Sr. Maria&rsquo;s jeep will pass by as there are no busses that will bring them to Tanenbao where Sr. Maria lives and has a pharmacy and clinic there.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sr. Maria passes that route 3 times a week.&nbsp;&nbsp; When the patients are not able to get the necessary medicine, Sr. Maria has to send someone to deliver the medicine and this is all done on foot.&nbsp;&nbsp; She needed therefore at least two bicycles at her disposal so she could send his boys to deliver the much needed medi cine to the patients.&nbsp; </p><p><br />c/o&nbsp; Sr. JUDITH PAMINTUAN<br />Sr; Judith Pamintuan is the superior of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist of Mahajanga.&nbsp; The sisters there run a Centre for the&nbsp; poor villagers near the seacoast.&nbsp; The bicycles will be used by the Sisters to reach distant areas to do community development with the fisherfolks of Mahajanga.</p><p><br />SR. BERNARDINE AND SR. BERNADETTE<br />Both Sisters are working for rural development of communities engage in rice culture in the town of Sandrandahy.&nbsp; They used to walk 10 to 12 kms.&nbsp; to reach far flung villages and conduct meetings on rice culture making follow ups among farmers .&nbsp; They will now be able to reach these villages in shorter time and will also save their energies for better service to the farmers.</p><p><br />c/o SR. ALICE<br />Sr. Alice is a student of Social Work doing research work in Sandrandahy.&nbsp;&nbsp; She&nbsp; recommended a promising student for a bicycle since he walks 7 kms away from his home. No transport is available and this student is the hope of his family.&nbsp; He excels in class and if he has a bicycle he will be able to spend more time to prepare his lessons at home or in school.</p><p><br />c/o SR. MADELEINE<br />Sr; Madeleine recommended a Catechist who covers a lot of villages in Sandrandahy.&nbsp; This catechist assists a lot the parish priest of Sandrandahy and often sends him on errands to contact important persons in the different villages for the celebration of the liturgy;&nbsp; The bicycle therefore will facilitate his efficiency in fulfilling all his charge.</p><p><br />PERE ADRIEN RAKOTONDRAMANANA<br />Pere Adrien is the parish priest of Ambohittimanjaka.&nbsp;&nbsp; He has to make pastoral visit to 20 districts a month and covering a distance&nbsp; of 10 to 20 kms away from his parish.&nbsp; The other 10 district can be reached by taxibrousse.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bicycle therefore will enable him to reach the villages on&nbsp; time for the liturgy or the pastoral visit.</p>