Vidyodaya’s mission is to improve the quality of education received by underprivileged children in adivasi communities and to establish a culturally appropriate learning system with active participation of the community.
We want to ensure that
every adivasi child completes schooling;
every child gets a good education;
every child can pursue learning (not only schooling) upto whatever level they desire and
the supportive and cultural environment for this is facilitated.
My first bicycle was a BSA SLR brought by dad in Hyderabad. I now ride a refurbished road bike that my son found abandoned near our place on Lantau island in HK SAR. I am privelaged to have spent the last 25 years between Mumbai and Hong Kong with decent public transport and never having to own a car (one day I would like to buy a pickup truck though).
This is my first attempt at TFN. I aim to stay ahead of the sweep vehicle and finish on my own steam. Very much looking forward to riding without worrying about traffic (in the hills), ferry timetables, etc.
I choose to raise money for Vidyodaya (vidyodaya.org) as they fill a gap in the curriculum provided by Government schools which teach mostly in Tamil and not the native languages of Adivasis.
I try and cycle four times a week. There is a 3 km hill road climbing up to 220 metres near our place so it makes for good training for TFN.
I am on a no alcohol and meat diet for all of 2017. So I pretty much eat anything else. Shyam is making some some home-made chikki with various nuts for me to carry on the tour.