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The Problem

Can you imagine the next week of your life with no transport other than walking? Can you also imagine the vast majority of the people in your city or region with no transport–the postal service, the police and ambulance, the delivery service that stocks your supermarket?

The first thing you’d notice is the extra time that you need to do everything. Instead of driving to work you would have to walk, perhaps getting out of bed an hour or two earlier than usual. Instead of a 30 minute bus ride to visit family you might be looking at 3 hours on foot.

Instead of going to night classes to gain an extra qualification you would have to go straight home–there simply wouldn’t be time to walk to the college.

You would find your weekly shopping routine impossible, firstly because carrying all that weight would break your back, and secondly because the market stall holders, who also have to travel long distances, simply might not be able to make it to market.

If you can imagine this then you’re on the way to understanding the problems faced by millions of the world’s poorest people. With no means to access opportunities in employment, education or health care, let alone the means to gather food and water quickly, these people are trapped in a cycle of poverty with little way out.

With AIDS ravaging much of Africa, many of those in their 20’s and 30’s having died, Grandmothers and those left now have the added responsibility of caring for the children. If this is not enough to handle, now those left are organizing, getting out there and encouraging all to get tested, educating the people about aids, delivering drugs and caring for those dying, all the time walking.

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