Empowering girl students through mobility

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.

RIDE Bharat Pandya and PDG Sam Patibandla handover a bicycle to a student in the presence of Club President T S Sashikala and other Rotarians.
RIDE Bharat Pandya and PDG Sam Patibandla handover a bicycle to a student in the presence of Club President T S Sashikala and other Rotarians.

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
of ₹30,000.

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.

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