Date: February 2, 2019
Total Cycles Donated: 54
In 2009, an Initiative named Young Champions Program (YCP) was started in the village Chharba by SIIRD to bring sustainability to all the activities of SIIRD in the village which were to be taken over by the Young Champions, boys and girls, identified from within the village schools on the basis of merit to replace the IIT Roorkee students working for SIIRD. These selected students were called Young Champions. Cycle Donation Initiative was started to donate bicycles to these Young Champions to motivate every student of these schools to come to school and study regularly. The donation also helped the recipients of bicycles to reach school easily on time and to improve their attendance. Unclaimed bicycles of graduating students of IIT Roorkee were donated to these champions.
As Chharba occupies quite a large area, children walking to school from distant areas of the village became a matter of discussion among team members. From the observation of recent visits, the team has identified many students who belong to the distant areas of the village and walk through a long distance to reach GIC Chharba leading to perspiration and physical exhaustion. Also as observed by team members, there are instances where children are unwilling to go to school because of the long-distance and their incapability to afford a bicycle.
Various Bhawans in IIT Roorkee were targeted in order to procure unclaimed cycles for the donation purpose. They had to be repaired in order to make them suitable for donation to the students. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance, the financial status of family and distance of their home from school.
A total of 54 bicycles were donated to meritorious and needy students of Chharba in four phases. In phase one on May 18, 2013, 10 bicycles were donated to students of GIC, Chharba and in the second phase on October 4, 2013, 25 bicycles were donated to Senior Secondary school students and Inter College students. In the third phase on October 31, 2015, 10 bicycles were donated to students of GIC, Chharba. In the fourth phase on February 02, 2019, 09 bicycles were donated.
After getting cycles, the students were supposed to regain their losing interest in studies and attending school due to the distance from home to school and to work harder to get even better results.