Project #14560

Give A Girl A Bicycle - Help Her To Go School

by Gram Vikas Trust

Distance are easier, you need to step once..

Payal and Pankti (name changed) are best friends from the very young age, both are living in the same village. From class 1st to 8th they studied together, both are bright in studies. After completing 8th standard both wished to take admission in 9th standard but their parents were not ready to send them for further studies because the village is quite interior from the main town, nearly 17 km from the main city. The community people has to walk almost 6 km to touch the road, and the nearby school is almost 5.5 km.

So most of the children do not attend school after 8th standard. Parents also do not wish to send their children to school as the school is far, for the safety issue also because of less motivation towards the education. They mostly engaged in the farming activities, and cattle grazing.

In the month of June-2016, when the school reopened, the primary school teachers come to know about these two girls that they haven’t take admission in school and their parents are not ready for their further studies. The school teacher contacted their parents and try to convince them, as both the girls are good in studies. The teacher tried to convince them but they were worried about the distance and also what is going to make changes in their lives if they study?

The school teacher have idea that Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) is providing bicycles to the needy students for the higher education. And they contacted GVT for help for Payal and Pankti.

One of our field officer visited both the parents and school teachers to understand the issue to support them. The school was reopened and almost one month was passed so it was difficult to get the admission, but somehow both the girls got admission in a government school in 9th standard.

Payal and Pankti are enjoying their school life, and the company of each other. The parents are still worried about the distance but the bicycles have made their road and distance easier.

Thanks for your continuous support, and do help GVT to support the needy ones.

“Black color is sentimentally bad, but every black board makes the students life bright.”

- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

As the academic year has started, we have identified few girls who are from very interior villages, Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) will provide these girls bicycles for travelling purpose, so that they can reach school and come back home safely. Those villages which are very interior and less or no transport facilities, GVT contact to the local bodies which may help us in finding the needy girls. Mostly the school Head Teachers help us in this process. The other village level stakeholders also help us in the process, so that GVT can reach out to the needy ones.

This year GVT has identified 34 girls from different villages. Those girls who are bright in studies, wanted to study further, their parents cannot afford the cost of their studying materials, one parent child or orphan children. GVT will provide them some educational materials and bicycles so that they can continue their studies.

All the 34 identified girls are from standard 9th to 12th, and all of them are interested in studying further. They may not be able to study further if GVT did not helped them with the bicycles. As the problem is transportation, in the remote villages they will not get any transportation facilities and parents are not capable to send them in private vehicles.

There are many more girls who won’t be able to join their higher studies, GVT always try to full fill the gaps of the society. GVT also request the local government officials as the government bicycle scheme may also help them.

GVT request you people to get back to us and help us in this noble cause, also share this with your friends and relatives so that many people can know the issue and help these little girls to achieve their goals and to create a better India a better society.

Girls infront of her homes
Girls infront of her homes
School Chalen Hum...
School Chalen Hum...

Dear donors, friends and supporters, thanks a ton for your valuable support to help this rural poor tribal families, GVT really appreciate your generosity.

Believe in yourself is the first secret to success!

As mentioned earlier GVT works in the rural tribal areas of Bharuch district in the state of Gujarat since 2001. We have seen many issues which force the families and especially the girls who don’t get or complete the higher education, higher education here means 5th or 8th standards. As in the villages there is schools up to 5th or 8th standards due to total numbers of the students and other Government rules and regulations. After completing 5th or 8th the students have to travel to the nearby villages and this is the most affecting reason for families not to study further of their children specially the girl child. Most of them take admission but do not go regularly to the schools become irregular or get dropped out.

GVT has seen many girls who have continued their studies after providing the bicycles, irregularity in the school and dropping out has reduced. Which has been remarkable change GVT has made till date. Though GVT has not able to achieve the target, there are many girls still not getting the education and remains home after the village level schooling.

I would like to share one of the best examples of a girl child. Reshma studying in 8th standard. She lives in a village called Gumanpura. In this village there is a school up to 5th standard, after that the students have to travel to the nearby village at least 5km. Most of the students get dropped out after completing 5th standard. The school teachers contacted GVT as many students are not getting the education after 5th standard.

Reshma got the bicycle in 6th standard, she is now in 8th standard, while interacting with her, she shared that she is very lucky that GVT has provided bicycle to her. She told that my career might end up if I did not receive the bicycle, bicycle will change my future.

Thanks again for your valuable support.

Preparation for examination.
Preparation for examination.

Hello Donors.

Best wishes for christmas and new year.

Arpita is a student who had got benefit of bicycle and books for the study under the education support programme by Gram Vikas Trust.

She is coming from Tribal community and having very low income at her family as her father is working as farmer and mother is a housewife. The village called “Padal” almost 25 km from Jhagadia block and around 47 km away from Bharuch district. The village is having primary school up to 8th class and after completing primary school she got admission in Diwan Dhanji Shah High School Jhagadia as there is no nearby highschool. She faced the problem of going to school hence she has to walk almost 5 km every day to catch the bus, sometime she missed the bus and have to stay at home by walking back 5 km to home. She was not able concentrate on study because of long distance walking as she got tired of walking and not able to do homework other hand she has to help mother for house work. She was almost neglecting going to school but there was happy news came to her that she got bicycle when she was studying in 9th class. She was too much happy with this gift other hand her friends also got bicycle which is motivated to her for going school with friends. Parents also feel safe to send the girls in school as they go and come with their friends.

The gift has made her successful as she used to go to school every day with friends even she had no bunk single class. She used to reach on time and easily get the bus form Vakhatpara, started concentrate on study and regular doing homework and even she always helps her mother at home as she come on time to home. She is so happy with Gram Vikas Trust for such support providing useful help for such family.

She is in 11th standard now, in few months her examination will come, she is working hard for the best result she can get.

"Success is a journey, not a destination"

- Ben Sweetland

Bicycles, Girls and their Parents.
Bicycles, Girls and their Parents.
Preparation for examination.
Preparation for examination.

Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.

- Unknown

Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) working for the betterment of the communities in Bharuch district (Gujarat, India) since 2001. Education was the main focus of GVT from it’s inception. While working with different stakeholders we realized that education is the vast field and there are many areas we need to cover while talking about education and willing to work in this field.

GVT is working on the different aspects of education, to improve its quality. Giving Para Teacher to the Government schools where there are less teachers, different motivational activities, providing scholarship to the needy students, giving educational materials and uniforms and so on. Giving bicycles to very interior village girls is also our major step in supporting the field of education.

The villages we work in are really very interior and poor, majority of people are Schedule Tribes. Mostly in the small villages, they have schools up to 5th standards, and for further studies they have to visit the nearby schools. There is less transportation facilities, and also the roads are not maintain well. So they have to walk miles from fields and other kachcha roads to reach schools.

There are many girls, who gets drop out from the school or become very irregular as they have to walk long to reach school and come back home. They get tired and do not get time for other things like playing, studying etc. Parents also don’t allow the girls to walk and attend school as for safety reasons. There are numbers of reasons like these, and the students get drop out from the schools, become irregular or cannot give proper attention in studies.

We have given hundreds of bicycles to girls of different interior villages, the continuous observation and follow up of these girls, have shown the best result.  We have observed that the irregularity and the drop-out rates are decreasing. There are many girls from interior villages who faces the same problem. We have identified these girls, and have started giving bicycles and other needful things to these girls as we received donations from you all. Still there are many girls who are really in need of the educational things required.

We really appreciate the donors who have supported these poor girls, you still can support for their bright future.



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Gram Vikas Trust

Location: Bharuch, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ramesh Kasondra
Bharuch, Gujarat India
2016 Year End Campaign
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