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Ever thought, what change `a bicycle’ can bring into someone’s life? Meet Rinku, 37 ,one of many pre-school teachers working with the Baikuntapur Tarun Sangha (BTS) in the Sunderbans, Bengal. Three times a week, Rinku visits the ICDS (aanganwadis) in and around other villages of Ambikanagar. After completing her household duties, which start at 4 AM in the morning , Rinku leaves home after sending her 2 daughters to school, only to take a hard walk of 4 - 6 KM to reach ICDS . The roads are unpaved, dusty and in the monsoon full of slush and muddy water, thus exhausting her 4 - 5 hours each day to travel 10 -12 KM. While talking to Vibha, Rinku’s eyes sparkle with excitement, as she talks about the children studying in aanganwadis and their parents, who all thank her for her efforts and how she would like to spend more time at these centres. When I ask her, “How will you manage more work?”. Her quick reply is “If only I had a bicycle, I would save so much time and then I can make more visits to the centres. Now it’s very hot and by the time we reach there, our energy levels are quite low. But withstanding all this, life is beautiful, she says, with her ever ready beautiful smile. Like Rinku, Chandana, Tapoti and Sujata are the other teacher trainers in BTS who work closely with government aaganwadis to help improve teaching methods, bring about qualitative learning and improve the standards of the aanganwadis themselves. In addition, two teachers come from 5 KM away, six days a week to run the pre-school centres operated by BTS. BTS is one of the pioneer organization in the Sunderbans who not only work towards providing opportunity and access to education to children in these areas but also providing essential services such as a fully charitable hospital, health camps, livelihood and sustainable agriculture approaches to the communities in these areas. Vibha Delhi is raising 30,000 Rs. to buy Rinku and her fellow teachers a bicycle each, thus supporting them in their selfless service to our nation. Support Rinku, Donate now!

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