The main island of Bijagos, an unknown and therefore unloved archipelago off the coast of Guinea Bissau. It hosts a community of some 30,000 people dispersed over 40 islands.
There is only one high school on the entire archipelago. Transportation between the islands is expensive and slow. Large NGOs ignore the islands because they are too small. Only our local partner No Pega Môn tries to help out the islanders.
There are only a few primary schools on the outer islands. Secondary schools and high schools are only found in Bubaque or on the main land. Since there is no transportation from and to the islands, students need accommodation near their school. Poor families cannot afford this. Therefore it is important to try and install secondary schools with qualified teachers on the most populated islands.
Reach Out will support No Pega Môn’s educational projects by sponsoring students to enter higher education.
For the last five years of her career, Eva Van Tulden from Reach Out vzw undertakes a long-distance cycling campaign throughout Europe to raise funds for Bubaque. In the summer of 2018, she cycled all the way from Antwerp to the North Cape (Norway) and partly back. In 2019, she rode around the UK and Ireland. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic in 2020, the originally planned expedition to the Baltic States had to be cancelled.