Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,
Steering to School, Pedaling to Prosperity
In rural areas of India, more than 50% of girls enrolled in primary schools drop out by Class 5. Although school tuition is free, transportation costs deter rural families from sending girls to school. These families seek a mobile solution to make education a reality for their daughters.
“I want to become an engineer”. This was the aspiration of Ms. Swapa Bhandare. Mann Deshi started Freedom Ride program in support of girls who wish to continue higher education. Under this program young girl’s get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Mann Deshi Foundation has provided bicycles free of cost 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. In one of the workshop Ms. Bhandare said, “Without bicycle I would have dropped out of the school and would have become wage laborers in fields. I want to become an engineer”. High schools education brought aspiration to these young girls.
Through a partnership between Mann Deshi Bank, Mann Deshi Foundation, and the SHG Federation, Freedom Ride provides bicycles to rural girls. Mann Deshi has provided more than 2,400 girls a bicycle since the start of the program.
Jaishree Chavan & Varsha Narale of Panvan High school:
14 KM from Mhaswad are proud recipient of free bicycles from Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank. Jaishree & Varsha used to walk 4 Km distance from their home to school and back home each day. Their School days were long and lots of missed and late arrivals at school and home.
Jaishree with four other siblings and Varsha with two were also in real danger of dropping out of school sans reliable transportation.Then Came Mann Deshi in the beginning of year 2010 when reliable efficient transportation to school became truth for both jaishree and Varsha.
Jaishree dream of becoming a police woman and Varsha dream of a carrier in nursing field. Mann Deshi has helped these girls of farmer's family to ride bike to success.
Mann Deshi appreciates our donors support.
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