Kids on bikes outside Jaffna Hindu Ladies College.
Kumar Sangakkara is trying to raise around Rs. 3 million to buy bicycles for kids in the North. You can make a simple donation or donation per run he hits in the Pakistan tour (which I think is over now). He recently became the fastest to reach 9000 test runs so perhaps the simple donation is the best bet.
Why is bikes for kids a good idea? Well, Sanga is donating the bikes to kids in rural areas around Kilinochchi, Mankulam and Mullativu. These areas are precisely the ones not covered by the 2009/10 HIES survey (because of demining), but you can see how popular bicycles are in neighboring Jaffna and Vavuniya districts.
In this graph you can see bike ownership (by household) in blue. It’s highly popular in the North East and North Central. Polonnaruwa is a great biking town FYI. Anuradhapura is also good, but I always get lost. In red you can see a less informative metric, how many young people get to school by bicycle, motorbike, trishaw or car. It’s not just bicycles, but I think it would be safe to say that people in the North East and North Central are biking to school, or riding the handlebars.
So yeah, bikes for kids in the north, good idea. Bat on Sanga.