Today I am capable to get to school without stress in time”, says Pranali.
Pranali currently is enrolled as a student in Hanuman Vidyalaya in Palashi. She is currently 13 years old and she is in 7th standard. Her Parents are laborers. She stays in Mankarwadi. Travelling to school every day by walking she says would be an arduous effort, “The distance between my school and my house is 4 Km. Walking up to school would take around 30-45 min. My legs and back would ache by the time I would reach school, and would be exhausted by the time I would get back home.”
In February 2013, Mann Deshi Foundation distributed cycles to schooling going girls from nearby villages, who were in ardent need of cycles for quick transportation from their homes to their schools.
Pranali goes on to say that by providing a cycle to her has helped reduce travelling time by half, and is able to reach school without stress in time. It has also helped her devote more time for study and help her mother in household activities .She secured a “A” Grade in 6th standard. She has also named her bicycle as Mann Deshi Foundation, as a sign of gratitude to the origination.
Thanks to Mann Deshi Donors who help to reduce the girl's stress...
“My aim is to purse the career of school teacher once I grow up because according to me it is the only medium through which you can transfer your knowledge and good thoughts to other”, says Amruta.
Educating Girls is like sowing the seed which gives rise to green, cheerful and full grown family plant, but to get that education she has to face many challenges. In remote villages most of the families allow girls to study only till primary or at the most till 7th standard, even though she is good in her academic she is not allowed to study further and this is only because the school is far away from their house and lack of transportation facility.
Amruta is one of such clever student from small village called Gondavale. She is from lower middle class family. Amruta’s father expired in her childhood. There are 3 members in her family, Amruta, her mother and sister. The responsibility of entire family is on her mother alone. It is really very difficult to run a family with very low income in this high inflation period, but her mother somehow manages it.
Amruta studies in Navchaitanya School, Gondavale. She is in 7th standard. Her school is 4 km away from her house. She covers this distance by walking. To reach school on time she has leave her house early in the morning & in the evening. Also it becomes very late while returning, due to this she gets very little time for her self-study and cannot even help mother in her work.
“One day during school hour one of the representatives from Mann Deshi foundation visited our school and gave us the information about their free bicycle program. I was very happy to listen that there are such institution that help girls in completing their education, for a moment I wished that I could get the bicycle so that I can save my time of travel and surprisingly my class teacher recommended my name for bicycle, I felt very happy at that time.” Says Amruta.
I was really happy as my major problem of commuting was solved by Mann Deshi.
While returing home with bicycle I knewed there would be major change in my routine life and that would really help me and my family. Now I reach school on time and return home early in the evening. I can help my mother in her work and get enough time for self-study. All this has helped me in getting good marks in exams. As I reach school early I can participate in other activities also.
My aim is to purse the career of school teacher once I grow up because according to me it is the only medium through which you can transfer your knowledge and good thoughts to other.
I and my sister will study hard and complete our education as we want to make our mothers life happy, we are aware of the efforts she is taking for our upbringing. She has never made us feel the absence of our father in our life. She plays both the role very effectively.
There are many Amruta’s in this society and I am happy that Mann Deshi Foundation is doing a great job of reaching to each and every one by providing them with free bicycle and helping them in completing their education.
I thank Mann Deshi Foundation from bottom of my heart as they have showed us the path of success. My best wishes for their future activities.
Chetna Sinha, the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award
On 11 November, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Sinha, founder Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award.
"Having a bicycle allows me to be AMBITIOUS", says Nisha from Satara village.
On Saturday, 15th February, 50 bicycles were gifted from Mann Deshi to girls who would otherwise be forced to drop out of school for lack of transportation. The chief guests at the event were Stuart P. Milne, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India, Manas Mohanti, Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Anami Roy, former Police Commissioner of Mumbai and Chetna Sinha, Founder of Mann Deshi.In rural communities, young girls are often unable to continue their education once they reach adolescence because their families cannot afford transportation and it is dangerous to walk thelong distance alone. As a solution, the Mann Deshi Foundation created a program that donates bicycles to schoolgirls so that they can continue to get to school safely, changing the course of their future for the better. This year, Mann Deshi distributed 50 bicycles and led a bicycle rally from Satara City to celebrate.Nisha was one of the 50 girls who benefited from the program. Her father is a farmer who doesn’t earn sufficient money to support his family of five. Nisha never asked her father for a bike because she knew he couldn’t afford it. She walks five kilometres every day to get to school and never complains, even though it is hot, dusty, and tiring. She says, “My new bicycle helps me to reach school in time and to study hard. I am ambitious and can dream and get higher marks.”
Thank you very much for the support of Global Giving Donors !!
Dear Mann Deshi Donor’s,With all your support +5000 girls have been able to get the bicycle. Bicycle has helped them to be in theschool. In rural India many girls drop out from school just because of lack of transportation. These girls aspire to go for higher education.
Case Study: Sheetal from small village called Pingali, studying in standard 9th. I walk 5 km from my house to school and this consume lot of time in travelling, due to this I get very less time to do myself study and to play with my friends. One fine day during our school hours a notice came to our classroom that Mann Deshi foundation is visiting our school and they want to help students by distributing free bicycle, who stay far away from school and finds it difficult to attend classes just because of long distance. I really felt nice by listening this and my faith on god doubled. My teacher announced my name and it was like dream come true for me every one congratulated me.
I thanked god for his help and promised him that I will study hard and fulfill my parents dream.
Your donation can help them to get them bicycle to go to school. This can be your Christmas Gift.
We’ve simplified the donation procedure, allowing supporters to donate by clicking on this url http://globalgiving.org/projects/girls-education-through-bicycles-in-india. What better way to celebrate Christmas than by sharing what you have with neighbors who are in need of assistance to meet their basic needs? Yourgenerosity will have a positive impact on people who are in need, as well as the larger community. Every gift matters. Please, won’t you decide to make a difference today?Regards,Mann Deshi Foundation
Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project.
I am Sheetal from small village called Pingali, studying in standard 9th. My father does farming but from last 3 yrs as there is no rainfall in our district he has to depend on other source to earn our livelihood and educate us. Our parents work hard for our education as it is their dream to see us working with good organization at good position in near future.
I walk 5 km from my house to school and this consume lot of time in travelling, due to this I get very less time to do myself study and to play with my friends.
One fine day during our school hours a notice came to our classroom that Mann Deshi foundation is visitingour school and they want to help students by distributing free bicycle, who stay far away from school and finds itsdifficult to attend classes just because of long distance. I really felt nice by listening this and my faith on god doubled. My teacher announced my name and it was like dream come true for me every congratulated me.
On 8th March, 2013 I got my bicycle.
I am really very much thankful of Mann Deshi Foundation. My father is also very happy and would liketo thanks Mann Deshi Foundation from bottom of his heart for helping him in educating his daughter.
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