Snehal is a student at the New English School in Vele. Her father is a truck driver and she lives with 11 other family members 3 km away from her school. Sheha wakes up very early each day to walk to school with her brother. However, despite all her difficulties, she is one of the best performers at her school. In addition to her school work, Snehal also participates in sports, cultural and other co-curricular activities after school. However, participating in after school activities was very difficult due to the long commute back in the evening.
Since she received the bike, Shehal spends less time going to school and more time learning and participating in various extracurricular activities. Her family is also very glad that Snehal has a safe and reliable method of getting to school, and are proud of their daughter’s accomplishments.
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“Shreya’s mother’s name is Ashwini, Before getting the bicycle, Ashwini spent a great deal of time each morning walking her daughter and her young son to school and back. As such she had no time to work to earn a second income. However, since getting the bicycle Shreya can take her little brother to school, saving Ashwini much needed time. She has now started working and is able to support her husband and supplement the family income.”- Says Ashwini
Shreya is a student at the Kanyashala Girls School in Satara and lives in a small apartment 4km away from her house. Shreya walks to school daily as her family is not able to afford the bus or taxi fare to send her to school. This commute was bad for Shreya’s health and she found that she was often too tired to complete her homework upon returning home.
Despite all these difficulties, Shreya is an extremely good student and has topped her class every year since the 1st standard. She is well loved by all the classmates as well as her teachers, and hopes to attend university someday.
Now that she has a bicycle Shreya’s commute is very short. She is not tired after she comes home, so she spends even more time studying and working towards her academic goals. Shreya’s dream is to someday be successful enough to take care of her parents and build them a nice comfortable home of their own.
Swapnali is a student of Panchkoshi Vidyalaya studying in 9th standard. She was born in a poor family. Her parents work as daily labours. Sometimes, even Swapnali has to go for labour work. They don’t own a land to farm by themselves neither they have a job. Hence, her parents grab every opportunity to do work of any kind. Their household expenses and children’s education is dependent on these earnings. Swapnali has two sisters who got married early due to their family conditions. So, it was not possible for her father to buy her a bicycle. That’s why Swapnali had to take 3 kms walk to reach school. Due to this time spent in daily commute, she was unable to find time for studying and ended up securing only 50% in her 7th standard.
When Swapnali was in 8th standard, she was gifted with a bicycle during Mann Deshi marketing mahotsav. As she saved much time in her commute due to the bicycle, she secured 65% in 8th. She was able to go the school on time and save time for studying. Swapnali says, "Due to easy commute by cycle, I am able to attend extra classes in school. I can return home early and give time for studying after doing the household work. There are other girls in my school who also need this kind of help. I thank my school principal for recommending my name for this bicycle. This was not possible without the support of Mann Deshi and my school.”
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