Improving Quality of Life: Four Benefits
• Access to Education and Social Services. The
Mobility Cycle enables children to get to school easily and consistently.
The promise of equal opportunity, literacy, poverty reduction and basic
human rights begins with every child having the opportunity to receive
• Psychological Benefit. A disabled child or youth who is able
to move 5 meters or 5 kilometers as quickly and as independently as
any other child is far more likely to regain faith in himself and his
abilities. This independence brings a renewed sense of confidence and
dignity. It reaffirms the essential qualities of childhood by allowing
children to believe in their hopes and dreams.
• Social Benefit. The Mobility Cycle offers the opportunity for
much greater inclusion in the day to day social life of the village
or community. When a child can be fully independent in her choice of
movement, the natural, resilient qualities associated with childhood
are fully engaged: playing with other children, forging bonds and friendships,
and discovering the promise life holds through the relationships she
forms with her peers, teachers, mentors and role models.
• Economic Benefit. In the struggle to make the difficult climb
out of poverty, it is common for parents to withhold affection and exclude
disabled children from opportunities offered to other children. One
of the principle reasons for this is the belief that a disabled child
will never be able to contribute to the family income.
MWBF gives high priority to education and strongly discourages child
labor practices. However, it also recognizes that the Mobility Cycle
has a beneficial effect on the capacity of the child to contribute to
domestic family tasks and also supports engagement in secondary activities,
such as traditional beekeeping. Experts in the field support the premise
that small income-producing activities that are complimentary to the
pursuit of an education actually increase the retention rate of school-going
children. Even a small contribution to the family income helps purchase
food for the next meal and eliminates the need for a child to shine
shoes or engage in far more demeaning or exploitive activities.