Emily Schaldach, a pro cyclist and Durango native, was surprised to learn recently about the correlation between women's education in African, and its effect on population growth.
“I read interviews where girls could not make it to school if it had rained, because the river was too high and they couldn't swim well in their dresses,” said Schaldach.
“Other students walked multiple miles to get water before school and would arrive exhausted and late each day. I believe each individual deserves access to education, and an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.”
She's doing something about it.
Schaldach is organizing a fundraiser and community bike ride in Durango to benefit World Bicycle Relief, which gives bikes to students, entrepreneurs, and health care providers in sub-Saharan African.
The goal is to raise enough money to build 100 bikes, at a cost of $147 each. Schaldach is also inviting people to join Durango pro cyclists Jess Reed, Ruthie Matthews and others for a community ride on August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Schaldach stopped by the KSUT studios recently to talk about the fundraiser, and about the challenges women face in Africa.