Dilshani: Following Her Passion to Become a Midwife

Originally published: January 2015

With the roads in bad shape, returning to school proved difficult and expensive. Dilshani’s father walked the children to a nearby junction to catch the bus for 20 rupees. Without sustainable transportation, Dilshani was unable to attend extra classes essential for educational success in Sri Lanka.

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After her family received a bike, Dilshani had options. If she was short on bus fare, she would ride the bicycle, which was faster and safer than walking. Describing how boys would tease girls while walking to school, Dilshani said “if we are walking, we go together and shout at them. To avoid them when we are bicycling, we can speed up.”

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Embracing her belief that we should grow up and help people, Dilshani completed a one-year nursing school program innear Eravur in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. and is continuing her study to become a midwife.

Now 20 years old, Dilshani looks back at the moment her family received a bicycle from World Bicycle Relief with thanks. “The bicycle allows me to continue my education and follow my passion to help pregnant women.”

Dilshani, a 20 yr-old nursing student living near Eravur in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

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The very same bicycle, provided 10 years ago now helps her younger sister, Dilogini get to school.

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Photos: Leah Missbach Day, Mike Weyerhaeuser

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Written by Leah Missbach Day

Leah is Cofounder of World Bicycle Relief. Whenever she can, Leah spends extended time Africa documenting and sharing the voices of women and girls through her series of photos and stories on World Bicycle Relief’s blog, ‘Voices from the Field".

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