Nakusa riding on bicycle
Nakusa Shivaji Masal : Zilha Parishad Primary School, Masalwadi :
Nakusa Shivaji Masal is a pupil in the school of Masalwadi, a small village close to Mhaswad. She is one of the children who had the chance to receive a bicycle from the Mann Deshi Foundation. Nakusa is twelve years old; she lives with her family and its seven members under a tent around the village since they are a very poor family. Nakusa is currently in her 7 standard. She passed with first class in the last year. She says that one of her special skills is to run. During the last years, she took part in a local competition and she succeed to arrive second at the 800 meter running and third at 900 meter running at a Taluka level. Beside the competition, she also likes to study for school.
Both her father, Shivaji Masal, and her mother, Nagabai Masal, are working in a brick factory far from the village. They are daily wage earner. Every day they are earning just enough money to buy the necessary food for their children. They have absolutely no security in case of problems like health issues for example.
Once, the Mobile Business School (another project conducted by Mann Deshi) came in her village. The staff from Mann Deshi was introducing the different projects conducted by Mann Deshi at that time, and they talked about the Bicycle Program. While Nakusa was listening to the staff presentation, she was wondering about how great it would be to have a bicycle to go to school and if she could be one of those little girl to receive a bicycle from Mann Deshi. Right after the presentation, she run to her school teacher and told her what her idea was. So, her teacher went to the Mann Deshi and told her about Nakusa request...and this is how Nakusa got her bicycle. As her mother takes part in a self-help-group in her village, she was already familiar with the Mann Deshi bank and foundation and therefore supported Nasuka in her request. Since then, she is enjoying her bicycle which changed her everyday life.
Nakusa lives at 3 km distance from school. As there are no transports facilities from where she lives to the school, she wouldn’t be able to arrive to school on time every day without her bicycle. She is the first child in her family to have a bicycle and she already inspired her smaller brother and sister. Her sister, who is now in the 4 standard, also comes to the school with Nakusa.
Nasuka says that, with her bicycle, she is able to save a lot of time that she can devote to other activities such as studying for school. When she got her bicycle, her friends asked her: “How have you done to get a bicycle?”. So Nakusa explain them about Mann Deshi and how she did to ask for her bicycle.
Mann Deshi hopes that a Nakusa story will encourage other children to acquire bicycle in order to go to school and accomplish their education. Nakusa’s parents are willing to help her to pursue a higher education.