Saraswatipur is a group of villages located in the north of the Indian state of West Bengal. The villages surround a tea garden and most of the adults work in the gardens, plucking tea or working in the factory processing the tea leaves. This is low paid work and has employed several generations. The gardens look idyllic but the life is very tough, electricity has just arrived, water is pulled from wells, and most families don't have a toilet at home. Jungle Crows
have worked in the villages for more than four years now – playing rugby in the community with our social development project, Khelo Rugby. But soon were organising tuition and scholarships for the children. This was very much what the community wanted to focus on, there are other issues the young people cope with, but they have always wanted to support their education.
Children attend a government-run school several kilometres from the village. Up until grade 7 (ages 12/13), the children are taken to school in the tea garden truck. After this age, they have to manage on their own. In July, Jungle Crows and Share the Ride
selected 30 children – 15 boys and 15 girls – to receive a bicycle. This will help them go to school, ride to their rugby practice and travel to meet friends.
Pinkbike and Share the Ride have launched a new chapter in these young folks lives – brilliant and thank you!
Words: Paul Walsh - Jungle Crows
Special mentions: BTWIN
Share The Ride will be back for the 2017/2018 holiday season, raising money to get kids on bikes again. Stay tuned to Share The Ride
for more information on how you can help!