Each year these projects provide 150 bicycles to girls in rural coastal Gujarat so they can continue their education. Otherwise they are unable to visit the school because there is no school after 7th std in the village and they have to go nearby villages where higher standard is available which is too far away.
In our project area which is rural as well as drought prone areas of Bharuch district in Gujarat more than 85% of girls drop out of school after Class 5 & 7. Although school is free, there are no state transport facilities. Transport costs deter rural families from sending girls to school. These families seek a mobile solution to make education a reality for their daughters.
In order to offer girls a chance at higher education, we provide bicycles on loan basis i.e. at a 0% interest loan.
The girls deserve the chance to go to school; only through education can they become independent and successful, and be released from poverty and repression. As ongoing projects, we try to give 300 bicycles to girls each year, allowing them to continue.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).