There is a stark difference in the West in how we view a motorcycle. To me, it is a recreational toy for my personal enjoyment on those few days in Canada warm enough to ride. On my trip to Kenya in 2014, I saw how integral these two-wheeled machines are to everyday life.
Mark Kamondi sees his 125cc Jailing as a lifeline to those he serves. As full-time manager, the motorcycle he drives every day is one of the essential tools in keeping ReACT Kenya’s ministry functional. His regular contact and physical presence with those in Home-based Care, the deaf school, and other satellite locations is key to providing feedback and making changes to assist in the most cost effective and culturally relevant ways.
This little Chinese bike has been through torrential downpour, knee deep mud, and has seen more dust and stone chips than any Ontario back country road can throw at you. And after many miles and multiple repairs, the time has come to upgrade this and the other ReACT bike to something more reliable.
My appeal comes as a fellow motorcycle rider and one who has driven the roads of Kenya first hand on these machines. The dangers of potholes the size of a car, road washouts from rain, and an no-rules driving culture requires a responsive and reliable machine. Keeping Mark and the team safely moving ReACT forward is a goal worth getting behind.
We have priced out these machines in the local market with Mark and have come to understand that a median price would be $1,500 - $2,000 CDN for one bike. Our goal is to purchase two this February. The old units will be sold back into the resale market to offset the cost of the new bikes.
Please consider partnering with ReACT on this. I know it may not have the glamour of a picture on the fridge - however, I have seen the look on an orphan’s face when Mark arrives – his bike coming down the lane is a reminder to these kids that people care.
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