Qhubeka (#Qhubeka) is a charity in South Africa that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through the programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.
A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further and carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. The hand is a reminder that every Qhubeka bicycle is a helping hand up to a Qhubeka beneficiary. It symbolises the power that bicycles have in changing lives. By supporting Qhubeka, we help children access education and help support skills development and job creation in South Africa.
Qhubeka is a Nguni word that means “to progress,” “to move forward.” Bicycles help people move forward and help change people’s lives. They are an accessible, reliable, affordable form of personal transport. The programmes run by the charity include Learn-to-earn, Work-to-earn, Health, Community Safety.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has been supporting Qhubeka as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility effort since 2018. Our annual ALE Values Day encourages fundraising and donations by ALE employees with matching donations made by the company. We also offer access to our communication technology and seek alternative methods to provide support, in alignment with our programme governance.