Renita Zaparde

Plainsboro, NJ

My Story

During winter break in 2012, while visiting my grandparents at Akola, India, I met Kusum, a 13-year-old orphaned girl, who walked three miles each way to school everyday. She wanted to study to become a nurse, but was on the brink of relinquishing her education and her dream, since it took too much time and energy away from her housework. That’s when I realized that I had to help her and other girls like her, so I founded Pedal2Prosperity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping orphaned girls in rural villages in India receive a proper education by providing them with bicycles. To date, we have given bicycles to 237 orphaned girls in India, and every one of these girls is still in school. We also aim to inspire fellow students across the U.S. to recognize the many hardships orphans face in developing countries, and we have involved 52 schools (over 700 students) in our cause. Also, this year, I have been selected as a 2016 Global Teen Leader for Three Dot Dash, a We Are Family Foundation global initiative. 

Pedal2Prosperity

By: Renita Zaparde

Without access to publicly funded school-buses, rural orphaned girls often give-up the most precious tool of empowerment -- their education. Join me in helping change this paradigm by providing bicycles and enabling them to pedal2prosper!