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Closed 16/01/2017

raised of £250 target by 17 supporters

    Weʼve raised £880 to help fund Pikilily's work in 2017!

    Funded on Monday, 16th January 2017

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    As you may already know, Pikilily is a social enterprise, based in Mwanza, Tanzania, whose mission it is to promote optimal motorcycle riding and maintenance practices. With your help, we have now largely finished constructing our workshop and in the New Year, will be interviewing for our first intake of lady apprentices! These ladies will learn basic motorcycle maintenance and repair before opening our doors to paying customers, helping these ladies earn an income and provide a high quality service to our customers - something that is widely missing at other motorcycle mechanics shops in Mwanza.

    The focus of our special Christmas project however, is the second focus of our Pikilily project, namely these motorcycle ambulances pictured above. There are 4 of them in Sengerema District that are only 2 years old but are no longer in service, due to a lack of previous maintenance. Pikilily has been granted permission to renovate these bikes and run training workshops with the riders in maintenance and sidecar driving skills, so that they can once again serve the surrounding large rural communities with much needed, otherwise absent emergency ambulance services.

    Right now, if you get sick in Sengerema District without the funds to pay for a taxi to bring you to hospital, there is no way for you to access emergency care. Over 20 mamas die everyday in pregnancy and childbirth in Tanzania, often because they can't reach medical help. We want to remedy that so that whether you are a mama struggling in labour or an individual with an urgent health problem, there is always someone to call so that help can come.

    Your donation today will help us in the fundraising for this project and indeed, if you are doing this in lieu of sending Christmas cards, please let us know in the "comments" box when you make your donation and we will send you an e-card of thanks that you can email onto your friends, family and contacts! Thanks and Merry Christmas!



    • Claire Elsdon7 years ago
      Claire Elsdon

      Claire Elsdon

      7 years ago

      One other video (3 mins) I'd love to share was filmed just earlier this week and lays out briefly what the District Medical Officer had to say about our idea for the e-rangers. We are really excited about the project and can't wait to start seeing those motorcycle ambulances playing their part in the community. Thanks all!

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    • Claire Elsdon7 years ago
      Claire Elsdon

      Claire Elsdon

      7 years ago

      Thank you for visiting our page! For a fun and festive outline of our plans for 2017, check out our 7 min video - each stage is showcased by someone who has helped to make our workshop a reality, so this video is really special!

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    • Simon Mead

      Simon Mead

      Jan 8, 2017

      Great initiative Claire. Looking forward to helping out with this where I can.


    • Lyndsay Brown

      Lyndsay Brown

      Dec 30, 2016

      All the best for 2017 and beyond!


    • Judy Barnes

      Judy Barnes

      Dec 24, 2016

      Hello Claire, our admiration for your drive and initiative continues!Instead of lavish presents we are donating to a few chosen charities and want to help you.We send you our love and best wishes.


    • Chris Russell

      Chris Russell

      Dec 22, 2016

      Great to see your progress Claire - great work


    • Nicholas Brown

      Nicholas Brown

      Dec 22, 2016

      Hi Claire, it's great to see you are still out there making a difference...


    • Åsa


      Dec 21, 2016

      What a great idea - better than x-mas cards. Get those e-rangers up and running!


    • lyndsey oliver @M4Coaching

      lyndsey oliver @M4Coaching

      Dec 20, 2016

      Claire, you are very inspirational. You are a true Do-er with a very big heart. Merry Xmas xxxx


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