1 billion people in the world live without access to adequate transport.
That’s 7 in 10 people worldwide. Or, 15 times the population of the United Kingdom. The majority live in isolated areas and spend an average of 5 hours every day walking to work, to school and to hospitals. Not only does lack of adequate transport keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but it also denies adequate medical care to seriously ill children and adults.
Transport gives access to education, income and health - especially for women and children.
Transport changes everything.
In 2014, we started Please Take Me There to help change this situation. We believe transport is a human right priority and we want to help those in need to get access to it, giving them access to healthcare, new opportunities, empowering their lives. Find out more about our work.
Access to schools changes lives forever.
Providing transport increases enrolment rates in rural schools, especially for girls and women who often suffer disproportionately from poor transport. In areas where the population is supported, 3 times as many girls go to school.
Access to medical care and treatment saves lives.
In some parts of the world, children with cancer can’t travel to the only hospital in the country that can offer treatment. Some families sell all they have to pay for transport. Sometimes they travel up to 3 days just to get to a hospital. Find our about our work in Myanmar (Burma) here.
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Brings people together and creates unforgettable moments.
In some countries, parents of sick children spend months away from their children just because they can't afford to travel to hospital. Also, terminally ill patients want to spend time with the people they most love. Affordable transport allows people to spend more time with those they love.
Access to more jobs and new opportunities empowers lives.
In some places, people spend up to five hours commuting each day just to make a living. Affordable transport can enhance mobility and inclusion. It can promote social and economic integration. Transport gives access to more jobs, trading opportunities and empowers lives.