Overcoming to Learn in India


Bicycles allow girls in India to get an education.

Each day, millions of girls around the world can’t step into a classroom. Instead, neglect, abuse, and poverty create seemingly insurmountable barriers to their education, resulting in about 496 million women who can’t read and write today. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries to help girls overcome these barriers so they can attend school, improve their lives, and help advance their communities.

Pushpa’s parents are day laborers in the northern Indian village of Luthapur, and they struggle to provide for their five children. As the eldest, Pushpa, 15, often had to work the fields with her parents to supplement the family income. Soon, attending school became difficult. “Walking the six kilometers (3.7 miles) took me almost an hour, and I was late most of the time,” she says. Pushpa agreed to drop out of school, as she was missing too many classes. A World Vision staff member saw the problem, talked to Pushpa’s parents, and provided her and 16 other girls with bicycles so they could get to school quickly and safely. “Now, with my bicycle, my friends and I reach school in about 20 minutes. I also have time to help my mother with domestic work after I come back from school,” Pushpa says. She helps her mother in the fields during her school breaks.

Written by Kristy J. O'Hara

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