The Mittur Foundation Charitable Trust
Ride2Light is an initiative that combines 2C’s that all of us involved are passionate about, cycling and causes. All of us in this cause have been cycling for a long time, from distances ranging from 10 km to over 600kms. Ride2Light will cycle 2400 kms from Bangalore to Delhi for the many causes the riders identify with.
Santosh is cycling for the Mittur Foundation Charitable Trust who work to fund and motivate students of 10th and 12th std by incentivizing education at the Govt school in the Mittur village of Vellore district.
Mittur is a small village around 90 miles from Bangalore, covering an area of 2 sq.km; the village is nestled in the foothills of Yelagiri Forest and has a population of less than 10,000. The Govt high school situated in Mittur caters to nearby villages also and has total student strength of 700 children.
In spite of having Asia's second largest telescope situated in the Observatory of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics just 10 miles away, the school struggles in providing even the basic facilities such as clean toilets and benches or attracting qualified teachers to impart quality education to children. Being a small village with many below the poverty line, the main challenge lies in encouraging parents to send their kids to school and the young minds in applying and absorbing the curriculum.
The Mittur Foundation Charitable Trust has been working for the last 5 years to encourage more kids to enroll to education by providing cash prizes to all class toppers and incentivize studying and competing at school. Every year the core group travel to Mittur to award the cash prizes, books and stationery to create awareness in the village.
One of the sons of Mittur, Santosh Baradwaj will “Ride2light” to create awareness and raise funds for the “Mitturians”. He traces his roots to this cause through his Great Grandfather, the village Munsif who initiated the school in the year 1960. With your help, Mittur could progress from being a small village to producing the next generation of bright young kids contributing to the growth of a great nation.