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Trina Granillo Distributes 30 Bikes In Africa

on March 3, 2019 - 9:11am

Former White Rock resident Trina Granillo, right, in Africa last week where she distributed 30 bikes to families in Lilongwe, Malawi. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Former White Rock resident Trina Granillo returned last week from Africa where she distributed 30 bicycles to residents in Lilongwe, Malawi.

“The joy on the faces of those given a bike was as if I had bought them a new car,” Granillo said. “I pray to go back next year and do the same … except my goal is 500 bikes. I’m not sure how I will manage but I have 10 months to raise the funds.”

The mother of four is the wife of Raul Granillo, former pastor of La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock. Last year the family moved to southern California when he was appointed to serve as pastor of a church in Los Banos.

After raising the money to purchase her first batch of bikes, and working through Compassionate Ministry, Granillo was asked to travel to Africa and distribute the bikes in person. She provided Buffalo Bicycles specifically designed for the terrain and needs of the African people.

“While a bicycle may seem like a toy or a luxury for most of us, it is the difference in a child attending school or a healthcare worker being able to reach a patient,” she said. “Each Buffalo Bicycle costs $150 and truly changes the lives of the recipients.”

Granillo explains that Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa about the size of Pennsylvania. It is referred to as “The Warm Heart of Africa” by both locals and visitors for its friendly spirit and welcoming people, but despite the optimism of its culture, Malawi is one of the poorest places in the world.

With more than  60 percent of its population living on less than $1.25 per day and education difficult to attain, Malawi has a Human Development Index of 0.477, ranking it 171 out of 189 countries. (For comparison, America has an HDI of 0.924 and Mexico 0.774), she said.

“One of the immediate needs in Malawi also moves its people to a long-term solution—bicycles. Since a large portion of the population has to travel every single day to carry loads of water and wood, there is little time for children to take advantage of public schools,” Granillo said. “The illiteracy in Malawi exasperates the existing conditions. Specialized bicycles are the most effective means of reducing time needed to collect daily provisions and increasing school attendance by children. With approximately 19.2 million people living in Malawi, and almost 50 percent of the population under the age of 15, increasing school attendance, thus increasing literacy is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer the future of Malawi.”

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