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Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school

by Mann Deshi Foundation
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school
Nita on her bicycle with the nitrogen container
Nita on her bicycle with the nitrogen container

Dear Global Giving Supporters,

Nita is one of our goat paravets. She was recruited from the Dahiwadi branch. Her family’s financial condition was very poor. Although her home was 7 kilometres from the branch office, she would walk there every day to collect equipment, and from there walk further to respond to the calls she received from goat farmers. She would often carry the nitrogen container for AI straws on her head, as she barely had any money to spare for travelling costs. She would receive several calls for vaccinations and artificial insemination, but was unable to keep up with the demand, as she could not walk such long distances on a daily basis.

Assessing the situation, we decided to give Nita a bicycle so that she would not have to walk such distances anymore. Now, she firmly ties the nitrogen container and her other equipment to the cycle and travels freely to respond to calls. Her work has improved greatly and she is now able to reach more goat farmers. She does all her work now with the help of her cycle and says she is grateful to Mann Deshi for much-needed support.

Thank you so much for all Global Giving support.

Nita on her bicycle with the nitrogen container 1
Nita on her bicycle with the nitrogen container 1
Pratiksha with her bicycle
Pratiksha with her bicycle

One Step towards Achieving her Dream

Pratiksha lives in Ubermala with her parents and her brother. Her parents are daily wage labourers. Her elder sister is married, while her brother studies in grade 9. She studies in grade 8 and is a bright student. The distance between her house and the school is around 3 km. For Pratiksha going to school would be a painful task, as she would have to walk daily for about 45 minutes to school. This would consume around 1.5 hours of her time every day. Pratikhsha says “Sometimes I would reach school late by around 30 minutes, missing the first class. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with whatever was taught next. My legs would ache and by the time I would get home I would be exhausted .This would result in little time for study and other household work.”

Recently, Pratiksha was donated a cycle by Mann Deshi Foundation. The cycle has indeed mitigated many problems she was facing before. “I could not afford a cycle as it is too expensive. My father promised that when we had the requisite finance, we would definitely purchase it. .But somehow, that time never came. Thanks to Mann Deshi, I am able to save time in travelling and I am able to reach school in 15 minutes. I am able to study in the time saved, resulting in an increment of about 1 hour of study. I am fond of the subjects of Marathi, English and Maths.

Pratiksha dreams to join the police force.  Thanks to Mann Deshi Supporters without which it would not have been possible.

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Megha with her mother
Megha with her mother

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

I would like to share the story of Megha-

Megha’s family’s financial condition was weak. She along with her family lived in a temporary hut.  Her parents used to together provide for the family by working as daily wage workers. Her family was living a happy life until her father suffered a medical condition and expired untimely. 

It has been 2 years since her father died. To hold the family together and support the family in this distressed situation her mother has started working as a daily wage laborer. Her mother earns a daily income of 2,000 Rs. Megha and her two sisters help their mother on their off days.

Mother, vandana aspires to educate her two daughters and her son and wants them to stand on their own feet someday.

Megha says, “Mann Deshi is helping her fulfil this dream. Our financial condition can barely support the education for the three of us and hence buying a bicycle to travel was unattainable. Our school is located in Mahsurne village, which is 3 to 4 km from the neighbouring village of Vagh. The cycle received from the Mann Deshi has had the family delighted and has made travel very easy. Now, I can reach the school on time every day and I can focus more of my energy on studies”. 

Thank you so much for all Global Giving supporters !

Regards,

Megha with her bicycle
Megha with her bicycle

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Bicycle Girl - Jyoti
Bicycle Girl - Jyoti

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

“The cycle given to me by Mann Deshi has allowed me to reach school on time. And since I have started saving time on my daily commute to school, I utilize it to study. Earlier I was able to score 60 percent marks in my exams, but now I am scoring 75 percent” says Jyoti.

Jyoti is a student in the 5th standard. Her family situation is very financially insecure. She lives in a small house, with a thatched roof, along with her parents, her four sisters and her younger brother. Her family does not own any land of their own to cultivate, and therefore, Jyoti’s mother, Shantabai, works as a wage labourer. They barely manage their household expenses with her income.

Jyoti and her family’s everyday existence became even more difficult when her father started drinking. The entire responsibility of running the household and taking care of the children had to be borne by her mother alone, and she became depressed. However, to manage expenses, Shantabai began to work on their neighbour’s field, from which she earns around 3000/- a month. On holidays, Jyoti and her four sisters go the fields to help their mother.

Shantabai dreams of giving her children a good education and making them independent. Jyoti mentions that, without Mann Deshi’s timely help, her mother’s dream could not have had a chance to come true. Mann Deshi, under its Young Girls’ Initiative, gifted Jyoti and many other school-going girls like her bicycles, to make it easier for them to go to school. Jyoti says that they barely manage to eat two meals in a day, so purchasing a bicycle would have been out of the question for them. Jyoti and her four sisters used to go walking to school before, from Gundevadi to Chetavali. Now, at least two of her sisters can use the cycle to go to school, in much less time. They use the extra time productively, to study.

Since she received the cycle, Jyoti’s hopes have risen and she has become inspired to learn more. She now goes to school on time every day, and gets more time to study. She is determined to achieve her goal of becoming a police officer one day.

Quote from Jyoti's mother: 

“Since my husband and me are both engaged in daily labour, both our daughters used to commute on foot everyday. Even the younger one used to walk long distances. We are grateful to Mann Deshi Foundation for giving bicycles to our daughters. Since my husband is an alcoholic and I am a daily wage earner, we live a hand to mouth existence. Under these circumstances, we would never have been able to afford bicycles for our daughters.”

Thank you for all support received from GlobalGiving.

Jyoti with her family
Jyoti with her family
Rajani Biking
Rajani Biking

Hear from, Rajani, a bicycle recipient in the 9th grade to understand a bit more about your donation’s impact.

“My name is Rajani. I am from Dhuldev village. Beffore getting a bicycle, I always used to travel by bus to go to school.

My family’s situation is not that great when it comes to money. My dad is a wage laborer. My mom is also a wage laborer. And because my parents are wage laborers, there’s awlays a shortage of money in my house. Even if I want to buy a small piece of candy, I have to think ten times. I feel sad when I see my mom wake up at 5 AM working on other people’s fields. It’s hard labor.

I believe that money is everything for humans. My mom always says it because she is going through it. She believes that we should all work hard and that is when our situation will be better.

Even though we are poor, they still want me to go to school. In total, we are 4 siblings. I have 2 older sisters and one younger brother. My older sister is in 12th grade so she requires some extra money, which my uncle helps us with even though he doesn’t have that much money either.

Though my mom has never been to school, she still wants me and my siblings to go to school and do something different - not be wage laborers.

From home, my school is 7 km away. Because it is 7 km away, I used to not get home until 6 PM. I always dreamt about my bicycle but because of my family’s situation I never thought I could get it.

Since Mann Deshi has give me a bicycle, it’s like my dream came true.

I also enjoy the breeze while riding the bicycle. I love to ride my bicycle. Now, everyday I go to school on my bicycle. Even though sometimes I’m scared while riding alone on my bicycle, I still want to do it because I enjoy it and my parents want me to study.

I want to study a lot and make my family name proud. I’m really thankful for Mann Deshi for giving me this bicycle.”

We plan to give out ten more bicycles next week to girls like Rajani. On their behalf, thank you.

Rajani on Her Bicycle
Rajani on Her Bicycle

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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @MannDeshiOrg
Project Leader:
Chetna Sinha
President
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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