When Two Wheels Can Make a Difference
Anton Chilufya walked his bicycle along an empty stretch of highway in northeastern Zambia.
A donation as basic as a bicycle can enable volunteers such as Anton to reach remote villages to deliver services.
A group of young children he gathered from villages along the way accompanied him to Pintu Immigration Post, about five miles away. There they would be vaccinated against one of Africa’s most deadly childhood diseases—measles.
During a campaign to vaccinate five million children against measles in Zambia, Anton and 1,800 others volunteered to accompany children when their parents were unable to. This ensured that no child was left unprotected.
Something as simple as a bicycle can help volunteers like Anton reach remote villages so they can educate families on disaster preparedness and provide other services.
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