Technology (IT) the international development charity working in Africa, Asia and
South America is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £414,607 over
three years by the National Lottery Charities Board.
The award will benefit over 90,000 people in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Sudan and Peru.
For many years, Intermediate Technology has worked to find solutions to the transport
problems of rural people living and working in the Third World
people who often have
trouble transporting essentials like water, food and firewood and spend a huge amount of
time travelling from isolated villages to towns.
They are cut off from markets where they can sell their crops and products, they miss
out on employment and they lack the access to health services and schools. Chris
Underhill, ITs Chief Executive said: "Its all very well asking people to
survive in a market system, but no matter how skilled they are in producing something, if
they cant get it to market, they cant improve their income and in turn,
improve their lives."
However, he is delighted that the National Lottery Charities Board have agreed to
support ITs transport programme.
"Its great news. The award money will go some way to ensure that
marginalised people strengthen their understanding of and ability to tackle transport
problems. We will work with them to develop innovative, appropriate and sustainable ways
of taking control of the issues that affect their development."
Bicycle trailers, hand carts and river transport are just a few of the solutions that
IT knows can make a difference. Where once a person might have walked for hours to reach
the nearest town, these appropriate, affordable means of transport can change the lives of
isolated people and improve their struggle to survive.