Last week, all 5 Peace Corps Volunteers in the Mufumbwe District of Zambia’s Northwestern Province (Aubrey, Chad, Kat, MarMar, and yours truly) finished a Malaria Bike Tour, stretching 140k from one side of the district to the other. Along the way, stops were made at schools where a Malaria Day was held, complete with health education stations, teaching youth and community members about Malaria transmission, prevention, testing, and treatment. And of course, songs, dancing, games, and activities were littered throughout each Malaria Day. A total of 5 stops were made, reaching 5 schools, and over 500 youth and community members.
It was such an exhausting, yet truly rewarding program. Not only were we able to reach over 500 youth and community members, we were able to showcase and increase visibility for the Peace Corps program throughout our district; something that I think is vital for work in our individual catchment areas and for the overall mission of Peace Corps. On another note, all 5 of us were able to bond as a group and create new friendships and memories with each other, which is always a wonderful thing.
I highly recommend both current and future Peace Corps Volunteers to get together with other volunteers and plan and implement a Bike Tour in their own district. The health topic can be Malaria, just like we’ve done here in Mufumbwe, or some other health topic pertinent to your province, district, and/or community. We plan on doing another Bike Tour in the future with more stops and a new health topic in the future, ourselves. Good luck and have fun! Oh, and here are some photos!