Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project.
Mann Deshi started Freedom Ride program in support of girls for who wish to continue higher education. Under this program young girls get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Mann Deshi Foundation have provided bicycle to thousands of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Mann Deshi also organizes career development workshop for these girls.
What the Bicycle Project has produced……
Dhanshri Shivaji Gunjane is not an ordinary girl: although she is only twelve years old she has already achieved a lot. Dhanshri lives with her twelve member’s family in a small house in Mhaswad. She visits the seven standards in the three kilometre away school. Her family derives its income from farming, which is a hard job in the drought prone area of Maharashtra. They are in a really bad economical situation. Due to Dhanshri's excellent marks in school (93 out of 100%), she received a bike for free from a donator from Mann Deshi. Now she is faster in the school and enjoys the way every morning. She will need the bike in the next few years before she can go to university. When she will have finished the twelfth standard she wants to study mechanical engineering. Till now she won different awards in writing essays. The last award, a prize in computation with the value of 51 INR, she donated to an orphanage. Dhanshri has a diversity of ideas how the Mann Deshi Bank could help girls like her, e.g. in a few years she will need a loan or a scholarship to visit the university. Her classmates and friends call her a role model, because she is so smart, clever and has good marks. Two friends of her also got a bike from Mann Deshi. Dhanshri’s siblings are also happy that she got the bike, because it is the first bike in the whole family and Dhanshri often takes her siblings to school by bike. Her whole family is glad, that there is a Bank like Mann Deshi, because in rural areas of India few people care about the poor families and their problems. The most indigenous people need loans for their houses, the education from their children, health, marriage, computers or books. But despite all the deficits Dhanshri is really happy that she could get a own bike thanks to the help of the donators and so she wants so say “Thank you” to all people who show interest on the needs from rural girls like her.
This year in 2010 we have donated 200 more bicycles to the school girls in Mhaswad, Vaduj, Dahiwadi and Satara.
I am thankful to the donors who have supported theses young girls to dream whatever they wish to. We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in for our future projects.
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