‘My aim is to pursue a career in sports’ Aarti is a resident of Dhokmod village and her parents are farmers. The financial situation of her house is average. Ever since the Mann Deshi Champions bus visited her village, she started coming to the Mann Deshi Sports Complex to practice. There is no bus in her village. From her village, she had to walk about 3 to 3.5 km to reach the bus stop. From there, she used to come to college in Mhaswad by bus. The daily routine also involved practicing sports. Thus, she would get tired by evening. Then, she was given a bicycle by Mann Deshi Foundation. Now, she uses her bicycle to commute to college. She’s able to use it to come to the sports complex too. She’s been performing well in state-level competitions. “My aim is to pursue a career in sports,” says Aarti.
I am Achal. I am studying in SYBA. My father is working as the head clerk at a senior college, while My mother is a homemaker. I have three sisters and a brother. I am now preparing for the police recruitment test. I along with a few of my friends practice on the Mann Deshi sports ground. We came to know about this ground from my neighbour. Later, lectures for competitive exams started here. As the lectures were held in the afternoon, we had to reach the venue by walking. I live in Mhaswad and the venue is about 4-5 km from my house. In the afternoon heat, it used to be very difficult to walk. Due to the distance and a lack of transport some girls don’t go to the lectures. Later, seeing our regular attendance, Mann Deshi distributed bicycles to us. This reduced the commute time and now we don’t get tired too. Here at Mann Deshi, all the training and theoretical knowledge is provided for free includingdiet, shoes, kits, and books for competitive exams. I aspire to become a police officer andI am preparing well for the recruitment exam. Thank you very much Mann Deshi Foundation for providing us with all the facilities and giving us the bicycle.
Dhani hails from the pardhi community and is from the Karnataka state. She resides with her family at Kewatevasti, Mhaswad. Her parents sell lemon and chilies and also work as daily-wage laborers and stone-breaking work. Dhani has two sisters and three brothers. Her sisters also help the parents by selling lemons & chilies. As the people of this community do not stay in one place for long, they get deprived of proper education and other government scheme benefits. They do not have a ration card, voter ID card, etc. Mann Deshi felt that these children should be brought into the mainstream of society and be given their due. We met Dhani and asked her to visit Mann Deshi’s sports ground for practicing running. On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, 2022, Dhani and her sister Sakina were given bicycles to come and practice on the field. Mann Deshi Champions also took the initiative of enrolling Dhani and her siblings at the Zilla Parishad School Mhaswad so that they are not deprived of education. Now, Dhani and her siblings go to school every day. “My siblings and myself go to school every day now and we are happy,” says Dhani.
‘I want to study well and be a police officer one day’ - says Anuradha
A resident of Shirtav village in Satara, Anuradha is currently studying in Std. 12th. Her parents are goat farmers and also work as daily wage laborers. She has two sisters and two brothers. With the meager income that her parents earn, her parents find it difficult to manage the expenses. The Mann Deshi Foundation’s Mann Deshi Champions program reaches out to the talented kids from the financially-weak families in rural areas and encourages them to hone their talent in the field of sports. When Anuradha came to know of Mann Deshi Champions, she started visiting the organization’s sports ground on a daily basis for running practice. The sports ground is about 4-5 km away from her village, while her school is about 5km from her home. She would go walking to both school and the sports ground and would get very tired till the evening. After noticing her dedication to running, the Mann Deshi Foundation gifted her a bicycle. Anuradha was happy to receive the bicycle. Now, she uses the bicycle for coming to the ground and also for going to her school. She saves time now and can focus on her studies as well as can help her mother in housework. “I want to study well and be a police officer one day,” says Anuradha.
A student of 9th Std., Sakshi lives with her family in Dhokmod. Her school is about 2 km from her house and she goes walking. After coming back, she has to help her mother in doing household work. Her father works as a daily-wage laborer in other people’s fields and thus, the family’s financial situation is weak. As her school is far, it takes time for her to reach home, and her parents get worried for her. Sakshi aims to be a police officer and thus gives importance to education. However, daily walking to-and-fro tires her and she always wished she had a way of commuting to school. Her dream came true when the Mann Deshi Foundation gifted her a bicycle. “Now, I am able to save my time and can focus on my studies.” she says.
I'm very happy that I got a bicycle. Now, I can focus on school and studies.
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