A film by Our Better World.

In a coastal village in western India, many children struggle to attend school because they cannot afford basic transportation. Faced with walking as far as 10km a day, often barefoot, to attend class, students often drop out before completing their education. Dr. Suwas Darvekar, a dentist in Mumbai can relate. Brought up in a slum, he missed a lot of classes because he could not afford the bus fee to reach school. “The biggest issue was going from the house to the school,” he says. “A lot of people in the slum helped me with the bus fee to reach school. And that is how I could complete my studies.” Wanting to repay the kindness he received as a young boy, Dr. Suwas is empowering hundreds of tribal children in Palghar district with their own low-cost, environmentally friendly bicycles. Press play to learn more about the difference Dr. Suwas is making, one two-wheeler at a time.

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