Gift cycles to keep girls in school
Focus: Education , Children and Youth , Women , Girl Child
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Every ₹4,000 will get one girl to class every day!
IHMP have decided to extend their fundraiser - more time, more cycles!
IHMP have raised enough for 25 cyles!
IHMP are in the process of selecting 25 school girls who will receive a cycle each. Check out the newsfeed for more info!
IHMP have purchased 25 cycles for 25 adolescent girls. They will be distributed to them by next month.
Where high schools are few and far between, going a long way by foot to attend classes is a major deterrent for girls to continue with their education - one of the primary indicators of development. High levels of illiteracy usually coincide with poverty and poor health. Providing bicycles will not only guarantee girls' mobility and safety as they travel to school but also reduce dropout rates in the region.WHY JALNA
A needs assessment carried out in Jalna by IHMP revealed that 15% of adolescent girls (aged 11 - 19 years) were dropouts, and almost 26% of them faced problems attending school. Even though most girls in Jalna aspire to continue with their studies, their ambitions are cut short when their parents force them to discontinue their education - primarily due to the long distances they have to travel to get to school.
By providing bicycles to children, especially girls, you can empower them with knowledge and, ultimately, change the course of their lives. Keeping girls in school has been shown to have a multiplier effect that can help break the cycle of poverty.
I have been able to negotiate and convince my parents to allow me to continue my education in a high school in a neighbouring village only because I have received a bicycle which I use to ride to school and back.
I am so thrilled that I now have my own cycle. It takes much less time for me to travel to school and back with my friends. Since we travel as a group from my village, it has been easier to convince my parents to allow me to continue my education.
The cycle bank established by IHMP has helped to keep adolescent girls longer in the school and delay their marriage to a later age. Thank you IHMP for starting such a wonderful initiative in our village.
Every ₹4,000 raised will cover the cost of one bicycle and they will be distributed as part of IHMP's Life Skills Education Programme. First a community health worker will identify 50 girls in Jalna who have dropped out of school because of the travel distance. Once shortlisted and their parents convinced of the safety of their daughters, each one will re-enroll in school and be given a bicycle for her daily commute.
We have finally distributed 25 cycles to 25 deserving girls in Jalna who had to walk long distances to get to school. After receiving cycles, many parents enrolled their daughters in better schools and colleges in neighbouring villages, and have promised to let them complete their education.
For example, Afreen, who comes from a very poor family, has struggled to keep herself in school by paying fees in instalments, working two jobs and travelling long distances. After receiving a cycle, she has one less thing preventing her from getting her BSc and becoming a successful engineer! :)
Thank you for helping us raise ₹1,00,653, enough for 25 cycles!
We are in the process of selecting 25 school girls from Jamkhed and Wadigodri in Jalna, Maharashtra, who will receive a cycle each.
The criteria for selecting the girls include: 1. They are in 8th or 9th Standard. 2. There is no public transport available for them to commute to school, and have to walk. 3. They are from families falling below the poverty line, who have a BPL card. 4. They have completed IHMP’s six-month Life Skills Education course. The cycles will be purchased in June, just in time for the new academic year.