Three times we had to increase our fundraising target after being overwhelmed by the support we've received. Through the generous donations of our supporters we will be able to complete the second floor of our school in Machilipatnam, allowing the remaining children of the area to receive a free education. In addition, we have been able to complete the laboratories at our school in Machilipatnam, which will now give access to the best University places throughout India. Finally the balance of the money we have received will allow us to establish a Health Centre at our school in Gannavaram which will benefit the children in our care, and also the local community who currently have to travel many miles and where costs often make health care prohibitive. A massive thanks to all who supported us.

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THE ROUTE

Life Associations Cross India Challenge was a 1000km+ ride from the west coast to the east of India. The riders started in Mumbai where Life Association’s Dalit Candles are produced. Then after 10 days and over 1000km of gruelling cycling the finished to a hero’s welcome at Life Association’s largest children home, built and run through the sale of Dalit products in Gannavaram on the east of India.

The team of cyclists were the first people to ever attempt this route and navigated India’s legendary roads and mountain passes riding through and staying in many remote Dalit communities along the way.