Dear Gram Vikas Trust's Donors and Supporters,
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
“Give a girl bicycle - Help her to go school”: Gram Vikas Trust has given bicycle to more than 250 girls. Bicycle gives these girls an opportunity to carry one their higher / advanced education.
This would not have been possible without our supporters and partners. And as we come to the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to Gram Vikas Trust’s success.
The Mann Deshi aims to provide underprivileged rural women with the resources they need to improve their lives. Mann Deshi works holistically to improve slummy women’s lives through a variety of financial services, business trainings and skills.
Thus, we hope that you remember Gram Vikas Trust when you think about buying gifts this holiday season. Any donations you make will have a direct impact on the disadvantaged rural women and girls we serve, allowing them to improve their lives: your donation would truly be a gift that kept on giving.
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With many thanks and warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday season and New Year.
Sapna is one of the few girls in her community completing the 7th standard in school. When she was in the 8th standard, receiving a bicycle from Gram Vikas Trust allowed her to continue her studies and attend high school in nearby village at Kadodara without the burden of transportation, a common cause for drop out.
Sapna lives in Janiyadra village and is the eldest of her two siblings, a brother and sister. Sapna never borrows money from her parents. The expenses she incurs, such as buying clothes and shoes, she covers with income of sewing in her village. She is completely self- sufficient in this way. The money that is left after covering her expenses, she uses purely for educational purposes. Gram Vikas Trust given bicycles to more than 500 girls, which helps them complete their education and make their dreams come true.
Dear Gram Vikas Trust’s Friends and Supporters,
Steering to School, Pedaling to Prosperity
In our project areas of Bharuch district in India, more than 85% of girls enrolled in primary schools drop out by standard 5th & 7th . Although primary education is free in Government run schools, transportation costs deter rural families from sending girls to school. These families seek a suitable alternative solution to make education a reality for their girl children.
“I want to become a Computer engineer”. This was the aspiration of Ms. Kaushika Gohil. Gram Vikas Trust started “Girl Child Education Through Bicycle” program in support of girls who wish to continue higher education. Under this program girl’s get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust has provided bicycles free of cost to 500 of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five day residential programme called “Jiven Utkarsh Sibir which provide career development council for these girls. In one of the workshop Ms. Kaushika Gohil said, “Without bicycle I would have dropped out of the school and would have become wage laborers in fisheries. I want to become a “computer engineer”. High schools education brought aspiration to these young girls as well as her parents.
Gram Vikas Trust has provided more than 500 girls a bicycle since the start of the program.
Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch appreciates our donors support for the noble cause.
Madhuri is the oldest sister within her eight member’s family. She applied to the program after Gram Vikas Trust informed the school she is attending that the Trust would have provided bicycles to girls who found it hard to go to school. She says, “her life has improved for the better: being able to get to school faster avoids any time wasting and gives her the chance to concentrate even more on her studies.” Her grades have improved considerably since she entered the program and, although she is just in the 7th grade, she has already started to think about her future, considering the option of enrolling into university and pursuing an engineering degree. Her family is very satisfied too. Without Gram Vikas Trust’s donation they would not have been able to provide such means to Madhuri. She used to spend One hours walking from home to school and then back again. Her father, who is a farmer and occasionally works in industry on daily wages, thinks that the program has had a positive effect on his daughter and that in general it is a good program. Her mother, a housewife, while worried for the safety of Madhuri and requiring her to cycle safely, views positively the fact that her daughter spends less time in going to school and can finally use this time to focus on the studies. The younger sisters of Madhuri, although she is too young for a bicycle now, are considering the idea of applying to Gram Vikas Trust’s program in the future.
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