Project #1963

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

by Mann Deshi Foundation
Mar 23, 2011

Give a girl a bike : help her go to school

Bicycle Girl : Dhanashree
Bicycle Girl : Dhanashree

                                                       US Treasury Undersecretary visit to

                                         Freedom Ride Program of Mann Deshi :  (02 March, 2011)

 Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,

 Chetna Sinha, Founder of Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Cooperative Bank, is pleased and honored to have official program for the visit by U.S. Treasury under Secretary to Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation. 

 Under Secretary Lael Brainard in her visit address the press that “when Chetna Sinha had met US president Mr. Barack Obama during his Mumbai visit at Hotel Trident and she managed to explain the principles of Mann Deshi Bank to him. Soon after that US President Office began to display interest in the innovative remote doorstep banking model”. The US undersecretary was in Satara on 2nd March, 2011 as a follow-up to the visit of US president Mr. Barack Obama. 

 The objective for this visit was to learn more about the innovative work Mann Deshi is spearheading in rural India, including the door step service with e-card technology through rural banks

 In her visit agenda for the day also included flagging off bicycles for girls.  In this event Freedom Ride bicycle program for young girls was explained. This included meeting girls who have taken advantage of the free bicycle program to continue their education. Ms. Brainard asks 14 YEAR OLD Sujata who want to become engineer. In this program 20 bicycles donated to young school girls.  Ms. Lael was extremely amazed with Mann Deshi’s Bicycle Program. 

 Mann Deshi Foundation with the support of Funds provided by Global Giving, Washington D.C., USA arranged a function on 02-03-2011 where bi-cycles, free of cost, were given to the needy and academically brilliant girl students of rural areas to enable them to continue their studies and pursue their aim and dreams.

The function was held at Ramnagar, Satara.  At the end, a bi-cycle rally was flagged off by the Ms. Lael Brainard & Mrs Chetna Sinha.

The function was attended by more than 800 persons of the area which not only included the recipient girl students but local people of the area who cheered the students during rally. 

The girl students were very excited and pleased to own a bi- cycle of their own. Broad smiles and confidence which reflected on their faces, made the whole atmosphere very bubbly, chirpy and divine.

Heartful of thanks to those who thought about these young girls who aspire for higher education and supported Mann Deshi Foundation’s cause by providing financial support to make the dream of these children to own a bi- cycle of their own come true.

Mann Deshi appreciates our donors support. 



Chetna Sinha


Ms. Lael Brainard, interacting with Bicycle Girl
Ms. Lael Brainard, interacting with Bicycle Girl
DNA News US Officials visit to MannDeshi
DNA News US Officials visit to MannDeshi
This does not happen in the countryside of US
This does not happen in the countryside of US
Much to learn from Mann Deshi
Much to learn from Mann Deshi



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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Chetna Sinha
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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