Archive for December, 2019

Sincerity is Thy Name, Rahul

Rahul (centre) helping his classmates with class work

Sincerity is an abiding quality that we see in our rural students. It guides them to put in their best in everything they engage in. Rahul is a Class 4 student in the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF partnership government Mandal Parishad Primary School. At a tender age, he lost both parents and is looked after by his grandparents. Kindness and an honest dispostion is a hallmark in Rahul’s character.He loves to take care of younger students and enjoys doing various chores in school. He looks upto his grandparents and teachers and believes in the Telugu saying, “Peddala Maata Saddi Moota” (The words of the elders are silent).

One day he found Rs. 500 in his classroom. Without a thought, he turned in the money to the school in charge who appreciated Rahul and made a special announcement about his honest act during morning assembly. He has set his sights high and wants to be a doctor. Though an average student academically, he is pushing himself to do better, so that he can achieve his goals. Watching Rahul always brings a smile to everyone’s face! Though his past has been tragic, we pray that his beautiful energy and kind spirit guide him to the best future for him.

Changing Lives with Care

It’s humbling for us to see that the care and effort of our dedicated school teams brings about tremendous turnarounds in the lives of the rural children we work with.

Banoth Santhosh, a Class 7 student in Redlawada School, belongs to a tribal community. When he joined the school 5 years ago, he couldn’t even speak his tribal language due to developmental issues. His teachers took him under their wing, working patiently with him over the years. Now Santhosh can speak, read and write English too, in addition to his native language!

We really appreciate our teachers for pouring their care into the wellbeing and development of all our students, inspiring them to believe in themselves and succeed! 🙂

Individual Effort Matters

We are indebted to every single RDF donor, be it an individual or a corporate – every drop makes the ocean after all. Sometimes people wonder how the effort of one person can make a difference and we would like to share that every effort helps us in many ways.

Mr. Hari has been supporting Matendla School for many years and in many ways. He runs a modest grocery shop in the village and has been providing grocery items to the school at a very reasonable cost.  He also sponsors ‘Annadanam’ (Donate a Meal), sponsoring the midday meal on a special occasion each year. He has placed an RDF Donation Box in his shop and explains RDF’s work to his customers, motivating them to donate some money. The donations are collected on a quarterly basis.

Thanks to the kindness of people like Mr. Hari and many individual well wishers who are partnering with us on our journey to help educate rural children, we are able to continue serving rural communities.

Alumnus Volunteer Service

Kamlesh & PET (R&L), doing morning drills

Kinnear Kamlesh completed Intermediate (Class 12 equivalent) from the RDF VAPV Junior College this year, with a first division! His parents have moved to Maharashtra as labourers in a project. Inspired and motivated with the encouragement he received in the Junior College, he decided to give back to society by volunteering as an Assistant Physical Trainer. Since he’s pursuing his Bachelor’s degree through distance education and only needs to attend college on Sundays, he felt helping in the Junior College would be a productive use of his time.

Basketball practice with students

He says, “I feel so happy to give service where I studied. I have learnt discipline, honesty and punctuality from my lecturers here and I want to help other students like me by being a role model for them. Every day, I am learning new things from PET sir (Physical Education Trainer) and assisting him to teach the students. I am good at Kabaddi and would like to train and send students to participate in Nationals and get medals.”

We feel proud that Kamlesh feels empowered to make selfless choices such as this. With his great attitude and dedication to service, we are sure he will continue to be an asset to the Junior College team!

Alumni Teachers

(L-R) Raju, Ramesh, Sangeeta, Sravya & Swathi

RDF alumni have always shown themselves to be brand ambassadors of our work. It is a matter of pride for us when our alumni choose to come back and work with us, instead of opting for higher paid positions in bigger towns or cities. It is an honour for us that they have a high sense of social responsibility and are willing to contribute to RDF’s work and vision.

Ramesh, S. Raju, P. Sangeeta, P. Sravya and Y. Swathi are Kalleda School alumni. Inspired by their teachers, the teaching methodology and the quality of teaching in school, all of them opted to pursue a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). They were offered higher salaries in private schools, but they wanted to help rural children and the cause of rural education. They chose not to work with corporate schools and felt joining RDF schools was the best opportunity to be in service to their alma mater and helping develop rural communities.

They have been appointed as subject teachers based on their specialisation and are enjoying their new teaching roles. Being first generation learners themselves, they fully understand the challenges of studying in a rural area and what kind of support their students need. Just as they were inspired by their teachers, they are being good role models for their students!

An Inspirational Student

Rajender, a Class 5 student of Rollakal School is proving to be a model student for the school. His parents are daily wage workers, who like most RDF parents, work long hours to make ends meet.  Working 12-14 hour workdays leaves his parents with little time for house work. A compassionate boy, Rajender had been observing this and decided to help. His mother was unable to cook for the family due to tiredness, so slowly Rajender started taking over.

Now Rajender does a lion’s share of the work at home! After getting home from school, he sweeps, cleans the utensils, washes the clothes and makes dinner too; all this before his parents return at 8 pm! Alongside this, he also finds the time to complete his homework! His parents feel grateful and proud of their son’s helpful nature and showing tremendous responsibility at such a young age!

At this young age, Rajender has shown everyone that with a ‘can do’ attitude, everything is possible!