Remote village kids need school bus
Focus: Education , Children and Youth
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Until Swarachna was set up, children in villages in the Sitapur area either had no access to education or went to government schools with poor infrastructure and uninspiring learning environments. Till now the Swarachna students, who live in an 18km radius, have been commuting by foot, bicycles or in an old school van. With a growing number of enrolments, providing transport to the neediest students, eager to learn, will ensure their attendance.WHY SITAPUR
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj says that Sitapur is one of the most backward districts in India. Its literacy rate is 61%, compared to the national average of 74.04%, with female literacy at just 50%, while the sex ratio is 888 females to 1,000 males. Sitapur's average annual incomes of ₹7,297 (US$ 100) is among the lowest in the country. These reasons make it pertinent that barriers to education, such as the expense of transport, are removed.
Most of our students have truly no way of getting to Swarachna School without a bus. If we aren't able to provide transportation, our students would lose access to an excellent education.
I often miss out on school due to the long distance I have to cover on my own, especially in bad weather. A school bus would help me reach to school daily and regularly - it truly would be my ride to freedom!
Swarachna provides transport but their van is inadequate and limits more underprivileged and underserved children coming to school, especially girls of the community. Transport is one of the constraints they have but a bus would solve this problem.
In total, iPartner India will be raising ₹15lakh from various sources to purchase a 40-seater bus, and the target amount of ₹5lakh from this Fundraiser will contribute to to a third of the cost. The bus will be used to make two trips in the mornings and afternoons to pick-up and drop-off 100 children. Milaan will cover the costs of maintaining the vehicle, paying the fuel expenses and the driver's and conductor's salaries.