Michelle’s Friday Project Update: Motorbike Safety

Today I am going to tell you about an exciting collaboration between two GO Local Heroes.

Organization: First Eye Limited and FVCMWET
Location: Moshi, Tanzania

Context: In Moshi, motorbikes are a common form of transportation, but many drivers are unlicensed and do not understand how to keep themselves, their passengers, and pedestrians safe. In the month of February alone, six children died as a result of motorbike accidents.

Background: GO Local Hero George Mayalla is a Senior Legal Advisor, radio broadcaster, and social activist who has dedicated his life to educating youth on their rights. Local Hero Dominic Balama is a lawyer turned social worker who has spent much of his professional career fighting for the rights of vulnerable children. George and Dominic were introduced through GO Campaign and decided to join forces to protect children from motorbike accidents.

Current Status: In March 2016, GO Campaign approved a grant for $11,067 to support George’s and Dominic’s efforts to reduce the number of children injured or dying from motorbike related accidents. The project involved classroom presentations on safety, a public awareness campaign, and working with local law enforcement to ensure public safety was prioritized. As a result, there has been a drastic decrease in the number of motorbike accidents and a reduction in the number of victims brought to the hospitals for treatment.

Meet Frank
Frank is 14 years old and a student at Soweto Primary School. Last year, Frank was seriously injured in a motorbike accident and almost lost his leg. He was excited to participate in the motorbike safety campaign because he wants to ensure students are safe at school. During the course of the project, Frank, parents at the school, and school administrators worked with the police to install zebra crossing pathways around the school. The police taught students how to utilize these walkways correctly so drivers were alerted to their desire to cross the street. Frank is happy that he and all the students are his school are now safe.