Riders for Health ensures that health care workers have reliable transportation to access isolated villages, in which they can provide their care. It’s an important job and although riding motorcycles through the bush to reach these isolated areas sounds quite adventurous, we learned that it is damn hard work! We also learned that the Riders organization does so much more than help with simple logistics. They work to manage and maintain vehicles (not just motorcycles), for many health-focused partners across sub-saharan Africa. Their vision is to have a world where healthcare reaches everyone, everywhere.
We were blown away by the facilities in their Kenya HQ. You step into their garage and it feels like you could be at any state of the art Western mechanic. But, it is different and felt very special for the region because of it’s uniqueness. We were excited to have the opportunity to speak and learn from each staff member. We could tell that they were making positive change in this region and they were outwardly proud of their positions.
We also had the opportunity to partake in one of the motorcycle training courses. We got a bit of tough love from the instructor and quickly learned that we were most definitely NOT badasses on the bikes (this was after knocking over several dozen cones on the course). Needless to say it was entertaining (for them)..
Tell us, have you heard of Riders for Health? You might have seen them on Ewen McGregor’s “Long Way Down.” Do you know of any similar organizations?