Manjula’s Mysore is the same and different, we’re in India after all.
We’ve set up a new business with Satish and Tanuja as the founding Directors. Our priority is to remember and celebrate Manjula by reflecting her kindness.
There is now a third string to our bow.
We’ve always supported others since the first cycles we gave to Kanchana for her kindergarten and by providing work. When Manjula and I got engaged she insisted we give rather than receive gifts: cycles to an NGO working with trafficked young people, clearing a loan for one of our auto rickshaw drivers. But this wasn’t a afterthought. it was how Manjula lived. She created an open house, a home for our guests to share with other Aya’s (houseworkers) calling in for a tea, to talk through things and get support.
Since losing Manjula we’ve given many more cycles, handed out our very own branded masks, sponsored a young boy’s education, provided meals for older people at an Ashram, placed benches and created a memorial garden in the park opposite our house and taken our team on holiday as a big thank you.
We’ve just held a great event for visually impaired young women and introduced them to cycling.
Here’s our press release and we were featured in a few local papers.
Next we’re hoping to sponsor the education of a young girl from a similar background to Manjula. Here’s our likely candidate.
We’re open to new ideas or if you wish to stay or cycle, contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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