Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,
On 8th March, 2013, Mann Deshi celebrated Women's Day by inaugurating the "Freedom Ride" program which aims to empower school girls by providing them bicycles for their transportation to school. On this occassion, 100 bicycles were distributed to girls, with a bicycle rally from Satara flagging off the program. The dropping out of girls from schools due to difficult and expensive transportation is quite common. Mann Deshi continues to make strides in its goal of women's development by encouraging education of young girls.
Monika from Kasarwadi in Mhaswad is an inspiring story. This girl was handicapped at birth and hr polio affliction prevents her from being able to walk to her school, which is 3 kms away. Her father is a farmer and her mother, a housewife in a family of six, which includes a brother and two sisters. Monika, however, is extremely intelligent and always scores 90% or more in her school. " I am a good speaker apart from being good at academics and my parents dream that I will be an engineer someday", says Monika, who is also very talented at volleyball. Her problem, therefore, lay in the difficulty of walking to school. Although her parents had operated on her legs when she was in 3rd grade which enables her to stand properly, walking to school was difficult and time-consuming.
With the help of Mann Deshi, girls like Monika have no reason to be left behind! She explains, " I am very grateful to Mann Deshi for giving me a bicycle to go to school daily. I have always ranked 1st in my class and received award for playing volleyball. I wish to pursue both my dream of becoming an engineer and playing at the national level. My bicycle has become my legs and I can go anywhere I wish, faster and easier. It will surely make my journey to my dreams easier".
Your generous donation will enable young girls like Monika to fulfill their ambitions and help them in their quest for a better life.
Give A Girl A Bike: Help Her Go To School Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters, Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project. 100 Rural School Girls are getting BICYCLES on the occasion of Women's Day. Your support will help them to continue their higher education. For more information please click on : http://youtu.be/zndJuqJ9JMU We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will help us to make this program successful by providing grants to buy a girl a bicycle. Your generous donation will support these young girls to dream whatever they wish and also motivate to choose the option like becoming engineer. Sincerely,
Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project.
100 Rural School Girls are getting BICYCLES on the occasion of Women’s Day. Your support will help them to continue their higher education. For more information please click on : http://youtu.be/zndJuqJ9JMU
“I want to become an engineer”. This was an aspiration of Ms. Swapa Bhandare. Mann Deshi started Freedom Ride program in support of girls for who wish to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. The Mann Deshi Foundation has provided bicycle to thousands of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also enter graduate program. Mann Deshi also organizes career development workshop for these girls. In one of the workshop Ms. Bhandare said, “Without bicycle I would have dropped out of the school and would have become wage laborers in fields.” High schools education brought aspiration to these young girls. In career development workshop one of them said “I want to become an engineer”
On the occasion of Women’s Day, 8th March, 2013 Mann Deshi is distributing 100 bicycles to rural school girls. We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will help us to make this program successful by providing grants to buy a girl a bicycle.
Your generous donation will support these young girls to dream whatever they wish and also motivate to choose the option like becoming engineer.
Mann Deshi Foundation
Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
“Give a girl bike, Change her Life”: Mann Deshi has given bicycle to more than 4000 girls. Bike gives these girls an opportunity to carry on their advanced education.
“A Hope in the time of Drought-Mann Deshi Catte Camp” : Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water. Mann taluka is facing an acute drought situation in more than 185 villages. Since last 24 months there is no rain. In such a situation it is crucially needed to provide water to households by tankers and to arrange fodder and water in cattle camps in the areas.
“B-School at woman’s doorstep”: Mann Deshi Bank with B-school together has been able to reach +155,000 women and have provided them capital and business training. 60% of women have been able to start and expand their business successfully.
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 Mann Deshi’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 Mann Deshi 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.
Mann Deshi currently has three projects linked with Global Giving, a US and UK based organization that connects people with the countries and causes they are passionate about. Global Giving is registered under 501c3 so that US donors receive tam exemptions. For this donation Mann Deshi Foundation is registered under 80G and also has tax exemption. Your tax-deductible donation will be wired directly to Mann Deshi Foundation from Global Giving.
The projects you can contribute to are:
1. The Freedom Ride Bicycle Program for Girls provides bicycles to girls in remote locations so that they can travel to school, and therefore complete their education
For "GlobalGiving US" site, project report is located at:
For "GlobalGiving UK" site, project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/2000/proj1963d.html
2. Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-school for rural women in india) brings life skills and financial training to poor rural wage laborers, empowering them to become successful businesswomen.
3. Mann Deshi Catte Camp : A Hope in the time of Drought. The Biggest cattle camp in India, providing water and fodder to animals. 2012 also went out without rain. No drop of rain since last two years.
For "GlobalGiving" site, your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mann-deshi-cattle-camp/updates/
For "GlobalGiving UK" site, Your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/10700/proj10685d.html
To make an anonymous donation, a donation on behalf of another person, or to donate as a gift in a friend's name, please visit www.globalgiving.com and search "Mann Deshi Foundation", or go directly to Mann Deshi's link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1/
With many thanks and warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday season and New Year.
“My teacher gives punishment to me, as I reach school late”, Says, Rupali, age 15 years old.
Rupa says, “My school is 3 km far from my home. As I walk daily to the school, sometimes I reach late. And teacher gives punishment to me. My Mother & Father expired when I was four years old. I have one brother & sister. I am younger one. My sister got married. I & my brother live with our grandfather & grandmother.
I always felt lonely as like other girls I do not have mother & father to take care. I saw other girls coming by bicycle and always felt that, if I also have cycle, I will reach school on time and the teacher will not punish me.
One day I was at “Mann Deshi Cattle Camp” with my grandfather and grandmother. I saw that Ms. Asha (another girl on Cattle Camp) got a bicycle from the Mann Deshi Foundation. I asked Asha, why the Mann Deshi Foundation gave you a bicycle? What is the idea behind it?
I understood that the Mann Deshi Foundation donates bicycles to the poor, needy girls, so that they can continue their education. I came to the Mann Deshi with my grandfather & grandmother and apply for a bicycle.”
After seeing her condition Mann Deshi donated bicycle to Rupa. While donating bicycle Rupa told, “This was my dream to have a bicycle. I always felt bad that I get punishment from my teacher. Now nobody will punish me and bicycle will help me to reach the school in time. I am in 10th grade now. My grandfather & mother are very old. I want to become an independent as earliest as I can. I would like to become a stick for my grandfather & grandmother and support them. ”
Thanks to the supporters of Mann Deshi Bicycle Program. Because of you the girls like Rupa can see & achieve their dream.
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