Bicycles play integral role in school ministry

By June 11, 2007

(MNN) — In the new global economy, an education in India can mean the difference
between getting out of poverty or being trapped in it. It can mean a world of freedom to a young
person, but living in a country where roughly half the population is illiterate
may be a daunting obstacle.

For many school-aged children, they can't attend school or
even begin thinking about reaching self-sufficiency for lack of
transportation. India Partners believes
that by investing in the education of poor children today, they can see a
generation of able adults as harvest.

As a result, in Andhra Pradesh, a Christian school partner (Karunamaya,
or Mercy School, built by India Partners) has
classes filled with children who can attend with the help of India Partners'

However, in mid-May a fire raged through a village, and
seven bikes were destroyed. India
Partners wants not only to replace those seven but also provide one to every
6th grader at their school. They're hoping to provide about 20 new bikes
to the students, with the understanding that if they stay in school and
graduate, they'll be able to keep the bicycle.
It costs just $55 to provide a student with the first step toward a

In all they do, India Partners works through the compassion
and wisdom of Jesus Christ. They are working under the banner of a U.S. Christian development and relief organization committed to supporting self-help
ministry projects in India. If you can help, click here.

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