Archive for June, 2018

Training Ground for Achievements

Masters of martial arts!

The popular saying ‘Practice makes Perfect’ may sound like a cliché but it holds absolutely true! Coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, with few resources to aid them, RDF children are very aware that if they want to reach their goals in life, they need to put in hard work and practice.

Kabaddi practice!

We have seen that these children are so passionate about what they take up – be it academics, sports or extracurricular work – that putting in the hours of practice is like breathing – they do it without a need to be told. They are extremely aware that the circumstances that they live in are very hard and that a life out of poverty is attainable through education and developing the necessary skills to accomplish their goals of a good career and financial security.

Yoga perfection!

The teachers also work hard right alongside the children, mentoring them every step of the way. The children happily come to school before hours and stay back after hours too, if needed, in order to practice and perfect whatever they are working at. It is this level of attention to detail and commitment that makes RDF children perform well at Mandal, District, State and National level competitions. In the story today, we have shared photos from Redlawada School – children engrossed in practicing different activities.

Building computer skills

We are very proud of this environment of care, compassion, skill building and achievement that is present across RDF institutions. It is a testament to the dedication of the local school teams, the children and their communities who believe in us, just as we believe in them!

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Securing our Girls & their Future

It is a reality of life in India that in many families, educating a girl and more importantly, continuing their education after school is a leap of faith and bucking the ill serving traditions that define gender based roles for boys and girls. RDF institutions play a strong emphasis on girl child education and the school teams champion this cause passionately. Over the years, with our efforts, we have seen many families reconsidering their views about educating girl and being very interested in providing good education to their daughters. However, they still worry about their safety and security. In that regard, RDF institutions are beacons of trust in the local community, so parents are assured that their daughters are in good hands!

JC girls greening their beloved campus!

The journey from a school to a Junior College often entails girls living away from their parents for the first time. Wanting the best of the girls means that they need to stay in a hostel. The RDF VAPV Junior College has become renowned for its quality of education and facilities being provided to its students, including hostel facilities. Till recently, the junior college had 6 rooms in the girls hostel and had to turn down requests for hostel accommodation due to lack of space. Parents from surrounding villages entreated the college team to expand the hostel facilities for girls. Since RDF is also a charitable institution that relies on donations to run, we also needed the requisite funds for construction.

With new donations, we are now constructing a new girls hostel block with 10 rooms. Like all RDF amenities, top level care will go into the ambience of this hostel too – good ventilation, spacious rooms, bed and study tables, which helps students feel comfortable and study in a homely atmosphere.

Special seminars and motivational classes for girls is also on the anvil, such as Leadership Skills, Self Help Programmes and Women’s Empowerment workshops – all with the aim of educating, engaging and empowering girls.

The local communities are very happy with these developments, as are we, as we aim to widen the scope of girl child education and our social impact on empowering rural communities and of course, the strong daughters of these communities! 

A Juicy Discussion!

It’s a great pleasure for us to see children take charge of their own learning and development. It shows that they feel confident and empowered to do so, which in turn, makes us feel that we must be doing something right!

Raju, a Class 8 student from Matendla School brought a large lemon into school one day and handed it to his Science teacher. This local variety, called ‘Sudi Nimmakaya’ has many medicinal properties and he wanted to explain this to his classmates, plus learn more about it from the teacher. The teacher, being familiar with the uses of the fruit was pleasantly surprised by Raju’s initiative. He went on to explain that this variety of lemon is a natural and ayurvedic medicine for the natural removal of kidney stones, without the use of harsh allopathic medicines.

That led to a vigorous discussion on other fruits and how they are being used to help with various ailments. It was a talkative and engaged class, buzzing with ideas and information! Isn’t this how we want our classrooms and children to be? Curious, eager and engaged? There’s so much more to learning, beyond textbooks!

The children went home and told their parents and elders about this fruit. So a humble lemon brought in by a curious student, has now impacted so many villages. Kidney stones afflict many people and we really hope that the knowledge shared by our students with their local communities will really help them when the need arises!

‘In For’ Lots of Care!

Infor Care India has been a long time supporter of RDF’s cause and is committed to the development of our schools and helping rural, underprivileged children reach their best potential through good amenities. Rollakal School stands today due to funding from them and several members of their senior team and other employees regularly visit the school to volunteer or interact with the staff and students.

Last month, Infor employees visited the school in order to spruce it up and give it a fresh coat of paint. 4 Directors and 70 volunteers spent an entire day painting the entire building and making it look fresh and beautiful, standing proud in its pristine, green surrounding! They also planted 100 saplings which we hope will take root and grow strong, just like our partnership with Infor!

We are immensely grateful to Mr. Kiran Addala, RDF Director and a Senior Manager at Infor for spearheading this wonderful association and the entire Infor team for providing our school and children with the kind of amenities and resources that create a joyful learning environment for these deserving children. Thank you!

 

The Care of a School Community

Ramu is an active and curious 13 year old, studying in Class 8 in the Zilla Parishad High School, Bahadurapally. However, there was a period in his life, a mere 6 months ago, when his health was failing him and his parents, misguided in their belief about his ailment, sought help from a ‘witch doctor’ rather than proper medical advice. It was the efforts of his teachers at his school that eventually made his parents seek a qualified doctor’s help and made Ramu regain his health.

Born into a poor family, Ramu’s parents work as daily wage labourers. While Ramu was an engaged student, he began to suffer from asthma attacks and fits. On a couple of occasions, his teachers rushed him to hospital for treatment, but his parents, averse to western medicine, pulled him out of school and approached a witch doctor. As his condition deteriorated, Ramu couldn’t attend school for almost 6 months, which worried his friends and teachers.

Wanting to do the best for him and find a way to bring him back to school, his teachers met his parents to counsel them about taking proper treatment for his medical conditions, stop consulting the self-professed folk doctor and go to Malla Reddy Hospital. The school team urged his parents to do this for the sake of their son’s life and future and explaining that since Ramu’s condition wasn’t improving, it was urgent that they go to a hospital and meet the right doctor. We are very thankful that they succeeded in convincing Ramu’s parents, who then went to hospital, where under a good doctor’s guidance for 6 months, Ramu’s condition steadily improved!

Now, he’s back at school, much to everyone’s delight! Despite missing school for most of the academic year, Ramu is progressing, with patient help from his classmates and teachers. Now that he’s feeling well, he’s determined to stay in school to complete his education and further studies. He, his younger sister and his parents are immensely grateful for the timely help and advice that they received from the school team. We love the sense of responsibility and care that the schools show towards each and every student and teacher. It is precisely what a community is about and here, the ZPHS community rallied to wholeheartedly support Ramu and his family, improving his life in such positive ways. It’s also a beautiful example for the children, to see this environment of care and compassion for everyone.

A Very Special Birthday!

Bunny is a sweet 10 year old studying in Class 5 in Kalleda School. Unfortunately, his parents passed away when he was young, so he is being looked after by his aunt & uncle. To make the situation more dire, his relatives are financially very poor and hence unable to meet his minimum needs, though they try as much as they could. Bunny feels lonely, but enjoys his time in school with his friends and classmates.

Friends collecting funds for Bunny’s birthday surprise

Ta Da! Friends & teachers celebrating

On Bunny’s birthday, his friends wanted him to feel special & do something nice for him. RDF children themselves come from an economically deprived background & lead hard lives, yet with their values of compassion & care for fellow humans, they spoke to their parents and decided to collect money to gift him a set of new clothes. The staff was really moved by the children’s magnanimous gesture to help their friend and of course, Bunny was all smiles! In addition to this, the children also promised to help him with educational material whenever he needed it!

RDF looks after the needs of children who are either orphaned or from severely economically disadvantaged families, by sponsoring their education & all materials, in addition to providing them with free textbooks, notebooks, uniforms and midday meals. So though Bunny’s educational needs are being sponsored by the school, it was still a really thoughtful and lovely gesture on the part of the students to help him in as many ways as they can. We are so proud that these young children, who themselves don’t lead easy lives are filled with the spirit of generosity and kindness for those they perceive are less advantaged than them. Our hearts couldn’t be fuller!

Bunny is very interested in computers and works hard at learning new computer skills. He wants to become an Engineer. Our computer teacher mentors him, so that he can develop the range of skills that are required to make him feel empowered to learn, procure a good job and help himself financially.