Motasanja is a small village 4kms away from Jhagadia block, Bharuch district, Gujarat. In Motasanja there is only one Government Primary School which is up to 5th standard. There is no proper road which connects Jhagadia. All the villagers have to travel 4kms by walk from fields if they want to go to Jhagadia for studies or any other work. Many students from this village do not continue their studies after 5th standard because of this reason.
Jagruti is one of the best examples for many girls and other villagers. After completing 5th standard she wished to continue her studies. She herself motivated her classmates to continue their studies in Jhagadia. Many girls were not ready as well their parents. Somehow 4 girls from her batch got ready for further studies and also accompanied Jagruti. They have to walk 8kms everyday to reach school. Gram Vikas Trust has helped her and other 4 girls through giving them bicycles. All those girls are very happy and regular at schools. They do not have to walk and it is very easy for them to visit school.
Jagruti shared that God has helped her through this bicycle; the hard days has gone and it is the blessings of the God that he showers his blessings on her and her friends. The donor who helped her is the God for her. She also shared that she will work hard and complete her studies and will become a good person so that she also can help someone who is in need.
It is rightly said by Aristotle,”The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Jagruti is now facing bit trouble to get educate; she got the bicycle and also happy but she has to travel the same 4kms regularly, which will give her the sweet fruits.
May god bless her for her bright and fruitful future.
Thanks and regards to the donors for their continuing support to these birds, for giving them the wings.
Education can’t make us all leaders, but it can teach us which leader to follow; Bel Kaufman quotes
Supporting girl child education is enabling them to live in a progressive world. The purpose fulfills the gap where we reach out to the girls who live in interior villages without any means of education. There arises a question of how many girls go to school from such villages. This is what exactly we are working towards, making education accessible to such girls through bicycle.
I don’t know what it makes feel the world about giving bicycle to girl child, but it make difference to the girl and family who get bicycle and can go along with other girls to study further. Our project helps girls of tribal villages in Jhagadia block and Vagra block.
It feels so happy to see girls riding bicycle on roads and reach schools every day without any hurdle. Recently we have provided bicycle to 12 girls from a village called Mota-Sanja (Jhagadia block). They had to walk 5.5 km to go to school for higher education. I happened to pass by that village; it was a pleasure seeing those girls riding bicycles back to home after school. Their smiling faces convey everything.
Thanks to our entire donors for being part of their happiness. It is you all who make it possible to bring them back to school forever.
We are always curious to hear from your side.
An educated girl will ‘Stay healthy, save money, build a business, empower her community, and lift her country’
This programme gives much more importance to girl child education because girls education is like sowing the seed which gives rise to green, cheerful and full grown family plant. She must be given all the necessary education. Ignoring her, keeping her illiterate means we are creating an illiterate and ignorant generation. So it is perfectly true that educating a girl child means educating a family.
This project facilitates the girls who live in interior villages. There is a lack of public transport, which makes very difficult for them to reach school for studies. In the case even family do not have sufficient to help their child as they earn very less in a day. The girls do get education till 8th standard as they have primary school in the village itself, but after that it’s a question mark that who goes for further studies?
We believe that most of the problems of society can be eradicated by educating the girl child. Hence this is our simple approach by providing them bicycle that they continue studies without any constrain.
Few days ago I met Ella (name changed). She is studying in 10th standard; she lives 18km far from her school. She has to walk 7km every day to catch bus to reach school. She get tired end of the day and do not get time to do extra studies which is her utmost require as she is preparing for board exam. She received bicycle and now she drives bicycle to reach school on time and come back early. Ella conveyed her gratitude “thank you for thinking about my studies. I will study harder’’
Swami Vivekananda has rightly said, “Educate your women first and leave them to themselves, then they will tell you what reforms are needed.”
It wouldn’t have been possible without our donors. Thanks to all donors for your continuous support.
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Dear donors regards from Gram Vikas Trust!!
The joy on the faces of the girls and the happiness of the parents made us happy. I am really glad to write this success report.
The girls were facing many problems to go to school and to come back home, but now the total picture has changed. We can see the happiness on the faces of girls and also the parents are happy.
Let me share a story of a girl named Ishita (name changed) is the eldest daughter in her family, studying in 9th standard. She has three siblings; her parents are daily wages laborer. Ishita was unable to continue her study because she has to stay home and look after her siblings. Her mother also not wanted to send her school because the school is far and also there is no means of transportation and it was taking much time to reach school. Ishita was above to drop out from school. Talking with the school principal we come to know about this issue and we communicated with Ishita and her mother. Ishita wants to study further but her mother was not ready, but we convinced her mother and re-enrolled Ishita by providing a bicycle.
Now she visits school regularly and also helps her mother in daily routine. She is very happy to go back school.
Once again a hearty thanks to the donors. Your suggestions are always welcome.
The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Gram Vikas Trust.
Visiting the ladies in the Jhagadia block in Bharuch, was one of my most fun site visits. The ladies took a few minutes to open up, but after that they are all smiles and giggles as they laughed and spoke about school, their families and their cycles!
The Gram Vikas Trust staff (Harshad, Mittal and Jignesh) and I first went to a middle school where we visited a few classes with girls who had received cycles. School was out so we hung out outside in the courtyard as I got to learn more about the ladies. After that we drove in to the villages, which made me realize what a long distance it is to have to walk to school without any transportation. It was really easy to understand as to why girls in this area would be high risk for school dropouts.
However, after getting the cycles from GVT, the girls can now ride the cycles to the main road, where they get picked up by buses which go to school. I spoke to several mothers who talked about how nice it is to see their girls going to school and doing well. I also got to see a lot of the secondary benefits of having a cycle such as siblings benefiting from it as well and encouraging some after school riding. My favourite moment was seeing the girls riding back from school in a group and showing off a few tricks as they did a few circles and headed back towards us. It was so refreshing to see the enthusiasm that these girls have for school!
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