PUNE: Two Wheels of Hope, a social empowerment project by the Mentors Foundation, in association with the Tata Trusts and Pawar Public Charitable Trust distributed 5,700 bicycles to girls from Std VI to XII in government-aided schools across Pune District (Daund-Indapur) on Friday.
In July, over 10,000 cycles will be donated in the district of Pune, said the organisers. One of the key reasons to initiate the project was due to inadequate options for safe and timely transportation for girls in rural Maharashtra.
The programme has identified 10 lakh girl students in the State, in need of a cycle, to successfully complete their education, and have a better opportunity of pursuing their life’s dreams. The organisation is aiming at distributing 10 lakh cycles over the next three years
Sharad Pawar, Member of Rajya Sabha and Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament from the Baramati constituency were present and distributed the bicycles to the children and R Venkataramanan, Managing Trustee of Tata Trusts, were present at the occasion.
Sule appreciated the organisation’s work for girl child education and women’s empowerment in rural Maharashtra.
Venkataramanan said, “Girl children are often hindered from going to school for lack of personal transport. We are grateful to Sharad Pawar for his vision in conceiving this initiative and are privileged to partner with his foundation.”