Project #8506

Give A Girl A Bicycle - Help Her To Go School

by Gram Vikas Trust
Women's Day Celebration

Dear GVT Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of the Give A Girl A Bicycle Project.

25 Interior & Tribal Rural School Girls are getting BICYCLES on the occasion of Women’s Day. Your support will help them to continue their higher education.

“I want to become a Teacher”. This was an aspiration of Ms. Sangeeta Rathod. GVT started 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 GVT has provided bicycle to thousands of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also enter college education. GVT also organizes Jivan Utkarsh residential sibir for career development for these girls. In one of the workshop Ms. Kanchan Gohil 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 a Teacher”

On the occasion of Women’s Day, 8th March, 2013 Gram Vikas Trust has distributed  25 bicycles to tribal 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.

Most Thank full,

Ramesh Kasondra

Bicycle Distribution Programme
Bicycle Distribution Programme

Janiyadra village have upto 8th std school within the village. More than 90 percent Girls after 8th std drop out and only 10 % Girls enrolled in higher education in their relative home where facilities of high school and facilities of hostel in nearby city.

During this year 23 Girls have passed 8th std from the village school and out of that only 5 girls took admission in higher education who’s parents are economically sound and rest of 18 underprivileged Girls dropped out due to poor financial condition as well as lack of transport facilities from the village.

After dropped out these girls have made a mind that they will now not go for higher education. During individual interaction most of them said his parent not want to send them out side the village for education feeling insecurity as a girl child. There is also tradition that after 8th std passed they learn domestic work in the house for the period of one to two year and after that they are married.

Gram Vikas Trust organized residential “Jivan Utkarsh Sibir” for there girls along with their parent for a period of three days. These Sibir include various topic including life skill, role play. All the resource person for the sibir is women who have made success in his life.

On last day we are able to motivate these 18 girls and their parent for higher education and give commitment for the enrollment in 9th std in Kadodara village which is only 3.5 KM away from the Janiyadra village.  Gram Vikas Trust has invited Kadodara high school principal on same day and he is agree to enroll all girls in 9th std.  

Gram Vikas Trust helped them by donating bicycles, so that at least they can continue their higher education.  We cannot do everything, but can do something with the help of our partners.

Jyotasana is an 11 years old girl. She is one of the children who acquired a bicycle from GVT. She, and the 10 members of her family, is living all together in a house in Janiyadra  village. Jyotasana has 3 sisters. Unfortunately, her mother died a few years ago so her and her 3 sisters are living with their father who has to take care of them alone. Her father is a goat and sheep breeder; he also works in the field.

Jyotasana is in the 5 standard and she passed her last year with a second grade. Her house is at 4 km distance from school and before having a bicycle she had to walk the all way every day as there is no bus facility in her village. Now that she has a bicycle, she is saving a lot of time every day and she is using this free time to go to study for school and to do some housework. Jyotasana’s father wants her to pursue a higher education even
though, they are very poor and he doesn’t know if he will be able to afford a higher education. All the money he earns is used to buy the necessary food for the family.

Jyotasana has 1 younger sisters who also go to school by bicycle with her. The bicycle is in fact useful for the two girls. Before hearing about the bicycle program, her family had no relation with the Gram Vikas Trust and today when her friends are telling her that they also want a bicycle, she just answer: “yes, you will also go to Gram Vikas Trust

Vinita riding bicycle
Vinita riding bicycle

8 KM from Kadodara village are proud recipient of free bicycles from Gram Vikas Trust  Vanita & Rajshree used to walk 5 Km distance from their home to school and back home each day.Their School days were long and lots of missed and late arrivals at school and home.

Vanita with three other siblings and Rajashree with two were also in real danger of dropping out of school sans reliable transportation. They were identified by Gram Vikas Trust in the beginning of year 2010 when reliable efficient
transportation to school became truth for both Vanita and Rajshree

Vanita dream of becoming a Teacher and Rajashree dream of a carrier in nursing field.

Gram Vikas Trust has helped these girls of Industrial labour's family to ride bicycle to success.

Gram Vikas Trust appreciates our donors support.

Group of Girls With Bicycle
Group of Girls With Bicycle

Dear  Gram Vikas Trust Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of the “Give A Bicycle To A Girl – Help Her To Go School” Project.

Gram Vikas Trust started this initiative program in support of girls for who wish to continue higher education. Under this program young girls get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust have provided bicycle to hundreds of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust  also organizes five days residential “Jivan Utkarsh Sibir” (career development) for these girls.

What the Bicycle Project has produced……

The Aladar village of Vagra block have up to 6th standard Government run primary schools.  Since 2009 none of the girl children enrolled in 7th standard. No girl children educated up to 8th standard from the village. The Female Literacy rate of the village is also lowest in the block.  100 % drop out rate among the girl children after 6th standard. In the year 2009 onward Gram Vikas Trust decide to provide Bicycle to each girl who passed 6th standard from the village school and enroll them in nearby village Goladra in 7th standard.  Since 2009 onward 100 % girls from Aladar village enrolled in 7th standard and after 7th standard they enrolled in 8th standard in Kadodara village for studying upto 10th . This is the history in the village that bicycle motivate girl children and parent to reduce drop out rate from 100 % to 0 %.

All the village girls are really happy that they got  their own bicycle  thanks to the help of the donators and so they wants so say “Thank you” to all people who show interest on the needs from rural girls like them.

This year in 2011 we have donated 250 more bicycles to the school girls in drought prone villages of Vagra block of Bharuch District..

I am thankful to the donors who have supported theses young girls to dream whatever they wish to. We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in for our future projects.

Again thanks!!

Ramesh J.Kasondra


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Gram Vikas Trust

Location: Bharuch, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ramesh Kasondra
Bharuch, Gujarat India

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