Journey to Inspire Navsari to Vadodara /Day 7

A relatively late start, since we were visiting a #school for the #disabled before leaving #Navsari to #Vadodara . Bupesh and Dheeraj took us to try some typical Gujarati breakfast at a famous #foodstreet . Most of it were sweet and chaat based. On reaching Manav Kalyan Trust we were taken aback with the elaborate setup and the crowd. It was the last day, and the parents were there to pick the students for their summer break. We met with the management and shared with them the purpose of our ride. They were thrilled and asked if we would like to address the students, their parents and the staff! We we honoured to do so, and the gathering was close to 400 people! We learnt that the school takes in disabled and challenged children from the ages of 6 and sees them through till they become independent. They provide them with #opportunities at #education through #vocational training and # skill development. We addressed them as part of their end of school year programme, and we got a few questions about the hows’ and whys’ of our #journey . We spent some time visiting their setup, and interacted with a few students and parents, sharing stories of their victories and struggles, and Archana shared some option available after schooling. A very heart-warming experience overall, and volunteering there to help out would be great. The management wished us well for our journey onward, and while we were there to support their efforts, we received financial aid towards our cause! We left from there at about 1 pm, and we were not looking forward to riding in the heat to #udaipur#rajasthan ! Before we left, we did meet some riders from the #wrangler#truewanderer series . We tried their yummy meal set up, gave an interview, and ride off. The landscape did change as we road on, dry, vast barren, smaller roads, sugarcane fields?! The sun eventually set, but we still had quite a way to go. The ride in the evening was lovely, and we stopped for tea more than once. We finally reached Udaipur only at 21:30. #silentexpedition#journeytoinspire#ride#travel#biking#rideforacause#ktm#duke390#enfield#thunderbird # tuskerPAM 

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AN EXPEDITION WITH A HEART That thing we most value in our lives, we helplessly shove them aside for other priorities. Our hobbies, interests, passions, the little things...all seem invisible like speck of dust. We have forgotten to live life, leave alone appreciating it. But ask the ones who do: The sheer satisfaction they achieve by doing what they love, by overcoming the resistance of mundane life surrounded by mediocre thinkers, and the drive within themselves that propels them forward in the path of progress is what makes them a breed apart. Meet the adventurous, affectionate yet ambitious Archana. A woman of many hats – sculptor, wall artist, bespoke carpenter, interior decorator and an enthusiastic biker. With a Master of Visual Arts from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Archana teaches art to a keen bunch of students at Mallya Aditi international school in Bengaluru, besides juggling her creative career and her selfless desire to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The main purpose of this trip was to spread awareness about different forms of communication, non-verbal in particular. This led to Archana co-founding a company called Silent Expedition, laying emphasis on inspiring and building confidence to those with hearing disabilities to take up motorcycling or any other means to explore the world outside.But now, she rides for a reason: Bring a paradigm shift in the Indian education system for the hearing impaired. “My main aim is to drive home the point that deaf and hard-of-hearing children need to study exactly the way hearing children do – but in sign language”, asserts Archana. According to her, sign language is their best way to think and express themselves, which will enable them to learn and grow in equal competitiveness with the rest of the world.

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