Archive for May, 2020

Kids Just Want to have Fun!

It is so important for students to have fun, rather than being consumed by academic pursuits. The 5 RDF institutions and the 2 Government partnership schools follow a philosophy of holistic education, with emphasis on sports, pursuit of vocational skills, nurturing students’ innate talent and extracurricular activities, alongside academics. Students genuinely enjoy coming to school and thrive in the nurturing environment.

Students of the Tech Mahindra Foundation – RDF partnership Government Primary School in Bahadurapally village, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, put up a wonderful ‘Balothsav’ (Children’s Festival) just before lockdown started. At the time, unaware of the impending lockdown, the kids were also very busy preparing for their final examinations; yet their enthusiasm for this event made them put in the work required to prepare well. They balanced their academic responsibilities and preparation for this festival in a wonderful manner!

Students from all classes participated in skits, songs, drill, folk dances, speeches and other cultural activities. The Chief Guest was impressed with their performance and encouraged them continue focusing on such extracurricular activities. H also appreciated the support given by the teachers. The day ended on a high note, with everyone basking in the glow of executing a well planned and delivered event that brought joy to the students, teachers, parents, the village community and other attendees. The children were gifted examination writing boards, which they were delighted to receive!

For the Love of Theatre!

Theatre is a beautiful medium for self expression, personal and personality development, as well as learning!

Two Rollakal School students, studying in Class 5 & 6 respectively, are not only good in academics, but have fantastic artistic skills too! Both of them are fond of role playing and love playing the role of ‘Pothuraju’ during the local ‘Bonalu’ festival celebrated during harvest season in Telangana. Pothuraju is an avatar of Lord Vishnu, who protects people from evil.

Both become completely immersed in their role, while on stage, mesmerizing and impressing the audience with their acting skills! We hope both continue to follow their passion and continue to delight audiences with their talent and prowess!

 

Unmasking Care during Lockdown!

Vivek, a Class 3 student of Matendla School was inspired to make homemade cloth masks. He shared this idea with his mother, a tailor and sister, a class 10 student in the same school. Together, this family made 5000 masks with their own humble income! They collected cotton cloths from the villagers, handwashed them thoroughly with the antiseptic disinfectant Dettol, then Vivek’s mother machine stitched them.

The masks were then distributed in surrounding villages to the residents, including to local police, medical, revenue and electricity department personnel and sanitation workers.

We are very touched with Vivek’s level of social responsibility at such a young age and one family’s sincere desire to help their community!

RDF’s Covid-19 Warriors

Bharath, only 10 years old & a student of Redlawada School, is winning hearts with the help he’s providing rural folks in and around his village. To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, he met a few tailors and asked them to stitch masks by collecting cotton cloth himself!

Bharath (L), distributing masks to locals

Inspired by the socially responsible activities he saw and participated in school, Bharath also ensures the cleanliness of his village and spreading awareness about hygiene. His parents are very happy to see their son step up to undertake such responsibilities. The villagers are also lauding his efforts, saying they understand how to stop the spread of the coronavirus because of Bharath.

We are so proud that he’s utilizing these unexpected holidays by being a good citizen and setting an example for everyone.

An alert RDF teacher realized that his neighbor had arrived by flight from a Covid-19 affected area and had not gone for a medical check up on arrival. Our teacher informed medical officers, who visited him at home for a test and then sent him for quarantine. They appreciated our teacher’s effort and said every citizen must be alert, help authorities and stop the spread of the virus

Gratitude for Pandemic Warriors

The enormity of the Covid-19 issue became real for everyone when the Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi, urged every citizen of India to follow ‘Janata Curfew’ (Citizen Curfew), on 22nd March.

People in rural areas were unable to understand what was happening. In order to stem rumours and false news from spreading, the Kalleda School teachers called and informed many villagers and parents about Janata Curfew.  Since then, they have also been spreading awareness about preventing the spread of Coronavirus through social distancing, wearing masks and hand washing.

The RDF team and the rural communities we serve applaud the services being extended by medical teams, cleanliness staff, food delivery people, the Police, government officials and the media. We are indebted to these frontline personnel. Our rural families stood at their gates and applauded their efforts for five minutes to express our sincere gratitude.

 

A Satisfied Life with Service to Humanity

Mahender, while in medical college

Mahender, now a practicing doctor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bukya Mahender is an alumnus of the RDF VAPV Junior College, who worked hard to realize his and his father’s, a farm worker’s dreams of becoming a doctor. Though he passed in 2nd division in the BPC (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) in Junior College, he was determined to realize his goal and lead his family out of poverty into a secure life. We are very proud to report that he is working in a corporate hospital now as a General Physician.

Here is Mahender’s story in his own words –

“I had a Telugu medium background. Joining Intermediate education in English transformed my life. I thought BiPC was hard but my lecturers taught me well, making me understand the concepts in a very easy manner. I really worked hard, keeping in mind a plan of action. I secured a second division. With my father’s encouragement I joined the BAMS course. I was overcome with fear in the beginning because the topics were difficult and the difficult vocabulary made it even more difficult. It took 6 months to settle in college. I overcame all my fears when I remembered the confident teachings of RDF teachers. Finally I worked hard and passed. RDF has changed my life. I thank RDF with all my heart. My wish is to provide medical facilities to all hostel students next year onwards free of cost. I have undertaken a pledge to visit the college and explain to all the children about life and about how ‘health is always wealth.’”

Balu, Mahender’s father

Here’s what Mahender’s father, Balu, has to say – (translated from Telugu)

“I felt elated when I came to know that my son has become a doctor. He is the first doctor in my village colony. The credit goes to RDF. College changed his life. He learnt many things here like discipline, obedience and hard work nature. I understood that RDF was, quite clearly, the driving force behind my son’s success. This goes to show that RDF makes dreams come true, if we have the right attitude.”