Preparing three months in advance before her installation as the president of Rotary Club of Hyderabad Gachibowli, D 3150, T S Sashikala knew exactly how she wanted to start her Rotary year. The icing on the cake was the presence of RIDE Bharat Pandya, who wants to encourage women’s leadership in India, and hence decided to participate in her installation. “We are grateful to PDGs Sam Patibandla and TVR Murthy who invited him on our behalf,” she adds.
Girl students “with good attendance and academic records,” were identified and shortlisted by members of the club to receive bicycles. “Despite the fact that these girls had to walk 7–8 km to reach school they attended classes every day. Such dedication deserve appreciation and more,” says the President. The total cost of this project was ₹45,000. Not only this, “we also identified women from weaker economic backgrounds who worked part time at sewing factories,” and in order to help them double their income the club distributed six sewing machines at a cost
The club has been involved in projects that support girls’ education and women’s empowerment projects since its inception in 2008. “Forward thinking and service minded,” are the qualities of the “members in our club and we work together without any discrimination,” she adds.