CIRCUTOR, in partnership with Vicente Ferrer Foundation, handed over 57 bikes to pupils at Thallakera school (India).
The aim of this initiative is to make it easier for children at the school to travel day-to-day to and from the villages K.P. Kunta, Konapuram, Krishnapuram, Ranga Samudram, and T.K. Gollaladoddi.
Mrs María Cabeza and Mr Ramón Comellas (Chair and Founder of CIRCUTOR) were entrusted with handing over the bikes, which took place in a laid-back, festive environment.
Bikes to beat school drop-out
One of the most common causes of school drop-out in Indian villages is the distance between homes and schools, along with other problems that make it difficult to prioritise education for village children.
Cycling is the only means of transport available to thousands of families in India, and, even so, is a luxury not everyone can afford. According to the latest Indian census, half of Indian households own a bike, while only 14% have a motorcycle and 2% a car.
This initiative have been particularly beneficial among girls, who have seen drop-out rates fall from 40% to 4% since Vicente Ferrer Foundation started giving out the bikes.
Vincente Ferrer Foundation is a development NGO which is committed to transforming and improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged communities in Andhra Pradesh, one of the most poverty-stricken and destitute parts of India, as well as one of the poorest and most underprivileged communities on the planet. Education is one of the areas which is given special attention, since access to schooling is key to community development.