Aruna's Bike- From Ebola to Coronavirus
Aruna is a Community Health Nurse who uses his bike to deliver covid vaccines to communities surrounding the hospital where he works. He recently received his bike through our partner Village Bicycle Project, but he realized the power of a bicycle when he became a nurse seven years ago.Aruna graduated from nursing school in 2014 and started working at the hospital during the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As a new nurse, his involvement in the unfolding epidemic quickly reinforced how a bike could help save his life and protect his family.
At the time, his older brother had a mountain bike that the two of them would use to ride to work. He remembers how funny they must have looked riding together on the same bicycle as adults. But, they were also very aware of the dangers of using public transportation while Ebola was widely spreading within the community.
When Village Bicycle Project brought bicycles to his community back in 2019, Aruna wasted no time lining up to get one for himself. By then the first coronavirus cases had been identified and the uncertainty of the virus and how it spread threatened to become a global health crisis, something Aruna had experienced in 2014.