I live in Bellevue, Washington with my two kids and husband. We are blessed with abundant lush greenery and scenic bike trails all around us. Riding 205 miles from Seattle to Portland has always been one of my many dreams. In July 2018, I have an inviting opportunity to participate in the STP bike ride in support of and to raise funds for Asha, Seattle.
How am I preparing for this?
I have been training with the Asha Biking group since May 2018. I have dedicated almost every weekend until July 2018 to train for the ride. I recently completed a 69 mile Flying Wheels bike ride (with 3000ft of elevation gain) organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Last year, I was able to summit Mt. Rainier after training with Asha Climbing Group. I have enjoyed working with them and knowing that the funds we generate via them is going into good use.
Asha is a secular, non-profit, and an all-volunteer driven organization working towards socio-economic change in India. Their main focus is to empower the marginalized communities through education primarily for women and children. India is a country with more than one billion people, and just one-third of them can read. Rapidly growing size of the population, shortages of teachers, books, and basic facilities, and insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the nation’s toughest challenges. India is fourth among the top 10 nations with the highest numbers of out-of-children in primary level. Furthermore, the rate of school drop-outs amongst students is very high. One of the main reasons behind this is poverty. When earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance. For the underprivileged people in India, education is perceived as a high-priced luxury, and this negative outlook continues on with every new generation. This is where children in India are facing the basic challenges.
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Thank you for reading. Hoping we all can make a difference!