“Planting Seeds for an Engaged Community”

Children in rural areas go to schools and aspire to get well paid jobs in cities. The economic hardship faced by their families whose mainstay is farming or daily wage work, makes this a natural aspiration. At the same time, families continue to engage in farming as they have for generations. Therefore, a key focus area for RDF is to instill respect towards agriculture and farming in our children.

Students with the school Headmaster, discussing the importance of organic plantations

Students with the school Headmaster, discussing the importance of organic plantations

All RDF schools have an organic kitchen garden which is tended by students and staff. Seasonal produce is then utilized in the kitchen for the Midday Meal Program. Matendla School has also been engaging with the local community to bring organic practices to the farms of some villagers. Together, students and locals have been working to repair soil health by moving away from chemical based fertilizers and pesticides to promote better farming methods and healthier produce.

Students & teachers at work in a farmer's field

Students & teachers at work in a farmer’s field

We hope such engagement will help some students take to farming and plant seeds for a vibrant community. Children and adults learn together to create healthier farms and communities!

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