Archive for October, 2011

Stitching savings

Narsimpalli students help sew their school uniforms

Narsimpalli has found a unique way to save money as well as teach practical skills to students.

A tailor comes to campus to stitch the school uniforms. Students watch the tailor’s techniques for cutting and stitching the cloth. Then, he teaches some students how to hem the uniforms and sew buttons.

The school estimates the joint effort saves Narsimpalli Rs 5000.

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Small boy, big talent

4-year-old Ramcharan taught himself the dappu

R.Ramcharan may only be 4-years-old, but he already is showing talent. Ramcharan plays the dappu, the traditional percussion instrument of Andhra Pradesh.

The Wadlakonda nursery student taught himself to play. He can also do the traditional dance that accompanies dappu music. Recently he gave dappu performance before guests and at Vinayaka Nimajjanam (the annual Ganesha festival.)

The child has performed before guests and at festivals

Ramcharan has many talents. The child can also do yoga.

Helping each other

Matendla teachers have created a welfare fund for themselves

At RDF Matendla, teachers are taking care of each other.

The school has an innovative welfare and medical insurance fund that helps pay hospital bills when teachers or staff members are sick.

Each month, employees contribute Rs 30 into a communal fund. Since the program began in 2009, the fund has grown to Rs 17,000. If someone falls ill, the money will be used to pay 6 percent of the hospital bill.

Headmaster Vishnu came up with the idea because he worried that his employees might not have anyone to help them if they fell ill. Today, 22 people contribute to the fund.

Fun with the neighbors

Junior college students and staff help host village games during a Hindu festival

During Hindu festivals, the neighboring Kalleda Temple Trust hosts organizes for rural people of all ages. The events gather the villagers of the surrounding mandals to help boost camaraderie among the neighbors and safeguard the stability of Indian culture.

Among the games was building human pyramids

In September, festivals of Sri Krishna Janmastami and Vinayaka Chaturdhi were celebrated at the RDF VAPV Junior College. Staff and student volunteers helped the temple trust host games like Uttikottudu (human pyramid) and Thadu gunjudu (rope pulling).

Promoting RDF

RDF staff tell visitors about the foundation at Karmayog Seva Mela

RDF participated in the Karmayog Seva Mela at the Zoroastrian Club in early October. The event — during India’s “Joy of Giving Week” — brought together dozens of NGOs, which set up stalls to publicize their good works.

Alumni from Kalleda volunteered at the event, telling visitors about how RDF differed from other schools.  G. Rani, who did her intermediate schooling at Kalleda from 2002 to 2009, described events like “dancing, archery and photography.”

Kalleda alumni G. Rani and Ishrath Fathima volunteered at the event

Alumna Ishrath Fathima, who had attended Kalleda with the sponsorship of a donor and is now studying engineering, also told visitors about the values that RDF teaches, including the important role of women. “Mothers play a vital role in children’s education,” she said.