Project #1683

Provide Bicycles for Poor Students in India

by Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity, Inc
Eddy presiding at a bike distribution at St Joseph High School
Eddy presiding at a bike distribution at St Joseph High School

One imaginative way to make a difference in this project, is to help boys and girls go to school by providing them with bicycles.

Since project activities started, 200 bicycles made locally have been bought (@75 USD each = 3,375 Indian Rupees) and formally and publicly delivered to school beneficiaries. This represents a total of net donations received of 15,000 USD out of which 9,200 USD (61%) came directly from generous donors to Global Giving. This is a major achievement.

Boys and girls will become full owner of their bike when they graduate. This is a great incentive to improve grades at school!

Thank you so much for your continuing interest in this to fund 100 more bicyles and perhaps more as other schools are lining up to help their poor students. It is a great encouragement for us to spread the spirit of love and support.

Eddy and Claudine

Bike distribution to boys in 2009
Bike distribution to boys in 2009
Bike distribution to girls in 2009
Bike distribution to girls in 2009

Who are the most destitute children in India? The answer is: those poor children who cannot go to school. The result? Needless suffering.

As we are gearing up to provide 100 more bicycles this summer at $75 each to allow children --boys and girls-- to go to school in the poor coastal areas of Kerala, India, you can now give them the gift of hope.

Through your generous support, past and present, children like the ones on the pictures below can hope for a better life of dignity. They won't need to submit themselves to exploitation and depradation.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support or new gifts.

Second delivery of bikes at one of the schools in year 2008
Second delivery of bikes at one of the schools in year 2008

Dear GlobalGiving Friend, Thank to your generous support, the “Bicycles for Poor Students” project proposed for the coastal areas of Kerala near Azheekal has started successfully in 2007 and progressed well in 2008 (see previous updates). In 2009, we need at least 100 additional bikes to help more boys and girls go to school by providing each one of them with a bicycle. Budget: at least US$ 9,000 for 2009. Your gift will give help and hope to these poor children and their struggling families for a good cause: education. Thank you for your generosity in these difficult times.

Official bike delivery at St. Lawrence UP School
Official bike delivery at St. Lawrence UP School

Kochi, 29 October 2008. Brief report:

Thank in great part to Global Giving donations, 100 new bicycles were just distributed at 5 selected schools to poor students (boys and girls) who live in isolated areas or hamlets and do not have any conveyance facility to reach their schools and attend classes.

The distribution was made as follows: 1. St. Joseph’s High School, Chullickal, Kochi -->16 bikes (photo enclosed). 2. Santhacruz H.S. Fort Kochi -->18 bikes 3. St. Louis H.S. Mundenvely, Kochi --> 20 bikes 4. St. George UP school, Pazhangad, Kochi --> 26 bikes (photo of happy boys and girls enclosed) 5. St. Lawrence UP school, Edakochi --> 20 bikes (photo enclosed).

Bicycles were distributed in the presence of the local manager of the school, head of the institution, PTA President, Panchayath/Corporation ward member and students of the school during the School Assembly. The corporate Education Agency of Kochi/Cochin earnestly thanks, all GlobalGiving and other donors, as well as the members of Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity and the Managing trustee of their local partner in India Jeevana Samridhi (Life in abundance) of Jesus Youth non-profit Mr. Berly Earnest and the project coordinator Mr. Mathew Sebastian and Professor Edward Edezhath (a member of the Advisory Board of Mary Mother of Peace-MC) for the timely help rendered to the poor students of the Region and Diocese of Kochi/Cochin this 2008 school year.

Each poor family of a beneficiary student participated 10 dollars to ensure their boy or girl get a bike to go to school. You can see the attached photos where the students are expressing their happiness. We are all thanking God along with the poor students to all those who generously contributed so far to this great project. R. Thomas Parathara, General Manager.

Bike official delivery At St Joseph High School
Bike official delivery At St Joseph High School
Happy boys and girls at school with their new bikes
Happy boys and girls at school with their new bikes

Dear Contributor: I am so pleased to hear that this wonderful project, Bicycles for Poor Students in India will be able to participate in the competition for recognition by the prestigious Tech Museum Awards organization, as an example of applied technology benefiting humanity in the education category.

The innovative use of bicycles, an often overlooked technology that revolutionized individual and environmentally friendly mass transport in human history, is now significantly improving access to education for poor students in India who otherwise could not go to school.

Knowing first hand that the Bicycles Project, India, has demonstrated results and needs fresh funding to be replicated in other schools, I strongly and warmly support its funding as many have generously done so far. It can and will continue to make a great difference in the life of boys and girls and their families and local communities that are still in great need after the tragic tsunami just a few years ago.

Rebuilding takes time but is worth the efforts, especially when it helps enable young people to further their education and build for the future.

Thank you for your consideration of this important GlobalGiving funding request.

Sincerely yours, Mary Levering


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Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje Charity, Inc

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Claudine Dussert
President and Treasurer
Bethesda, Maryland United States

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