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Riders workshop in Ruwa

As demand increases for Riders' work, we want to strengthen our program in Zimbabwe by building a new, purpose-built workshop in Ruwa, Harare to maintain more motorcycles used for health care delivery. This will improve access to care and reduce isolation and vulnerability of so many rural regions. Riders places importance on this infrastructure as it builds capacity within the countries in which we operate and ensures sustainability. The foundations, pillars, and raised roof of the workshop have been completed. Now a pit will need to be completed to allow work on vehicles. This phase of construction will be $25,000.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Riders for Health. Riders for Health is an international non-profit and social enterprise working to improve health care delivery in Africa. Riders ensures that local health workers have reliable, motorized transportation as well as the necessary training in riding, driving, and maintenance. Riders was born out of the world of motorcycle racing. Co-founder Andrea Coleman is a former motorycle racer and operations director for Team Castrol-Herron. With her husband, Barry Coleman, and American racing star Randy Mamola, they put their knowledge of the motorcyle community and connection to MotoGP to good use, creating Riders for Health.

Where will the project be located?

Ruwa, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe

Ruwa, Harare. A key part of Riders’ work is training health workers how to ride at the International Academy of Vehicle Management in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Academy is based at the motorsports complex at Donnybrook on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe. There are long and short hard surface circuits, bush roads, a 4x4 course, moto-cross tracks and every kind of obstacle generally encountered while traveling in Africa. Since it’s opening in 2002, over 1,600 local people have been trained there. This is building a culture of vehicle management needed to strengthen health systems in Africa, empower communities, and ensure a healthy future.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. A pit needs to be completed to allow work on vehicles. Once this is finished, the workshop will be able to begin operating and maintaining vehicles for health partners. Brickwork, fittings, utilities, and paintwork will also need to be done.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. While plans have already been developed, input is always appreciated.

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?