Jawara and Malaika are Sudanese refugees, living under the care of their 22 year old sister, Asha. Their father returned to his African homeland several years ago, and their mother, having recently lost a leg in a car accident, followed shortly thereafter.

Asha works full time at a pre-school, but earns just above minimum wage and struggles to make ends meet for her and her siblings. Due to Asha’s work schedule, Jawara and Malaika often have difficulty getting to school on time.

Jawara & Malaika received bikes, helmets, and locks through a Youth On Their Own and Wheels for Kids partnership, allowing them to relieve their sister of the worries associated with transporting them to and from school. Their attendance has improved, along with the added benefit of a new means of invigorating exercise!