Bikes and bicycle parts brought to the Metropolitan Market in Proctor will go directly to students in Togo, West Africa, where rural children must walk between five and 15 miles to attend school.
The statistics are stunning: 91 percent of girls and 48 percent of boys drop out of school before sixth grade. Donations of bikes change those numbers dramatically: 95 percent of those given bicycles graduate.
Those donations have come largely from a Northwest business – Alaffia – created by a Togo native, Olowo-n’dio Tchala. The company manufactures Fair Trade body cafe products.
If you’ve got an adult bike or even bike parts, donations will be taken from noon to 3 p.m. at the Metropolitan Market in Proctor, 2420 N. Proctor St., Tacoma.