Archive for the ‘Alumni’ Category

The Care of a Community

Over the 23 years since RDF started its 1st institution, we had a vision of impacting the local community through starting a school. So it wasn’t just about educating rural, underprivileged children, in order to give them the tools to live a life out of poverty; but also to get the community involved in the school. Over 2 decades later, we are proud to say that all RDF institutions are seen as beacons of excellence, with active participation from local villagers, who help in any way they can.

Banoth Mothilal is an alumnus of Kalleda School and RDF VAPV Junior College. He belongs to a schedule tribe and his father is an illiterate farm, who has put in years of toil to ensure that Mothilal finishes his education. Mothilal never let his parents down and was a very sincere student, earning the admiration of his classmates and professors. He got 8.8 GPA in the SSC Exams, 916/1000 in the Intermediate exams and 17,000 rank in EAMCET. He was pursuing Civil Engineering in Warangal when life struck a blow and he fell sick for 3 months, being diagnosed with PNH (Paroxysmal Noctural Hemoglobinuria), in which the platelets count is severely affecting, thus affecting his ability to study, work or do any work for a length of time. He was treated at Global and Good Life Hospital in Hyderabad and discharged recently.

The illness has taken a toll on him and this once active boy is tired and unable to attend college. The medicines have made him gain weight and he is unable to walk or stand. But he nurses an intense desire to resume college and become an engineer. His friends and professors from the Junior College visited him and have offered to help in any way they can. This has revived some of Mothilal’s spirits. Their visit and kind words have given him hope that he can recover.

The bond shared in college has not been forgotten and we are grateful that the college community has stepped forward to help him when he needs help. We are praying for Mothilal’s recovery and achieving everything he desires.

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Village Heroes, Modern Leaders

RDF alumni always champion RDF’s work. Even when they create good careers, they always come back to support us. While many aim for corporate jobs or aspire to become engineers, teachers or join the police; some really want to work at the grassroot level. Bukya Naresh and Kaku Sagar are 2 such alumni who contested in the local elections, with the former being elected as Vice Sarpanch (elected village head) in Mothya Thanda (tribal village) in Parvathagiri Mandal and the other elected as a Ward Member in Mechrajpally village.

Naresh

Naresh’s parents are farm labourers who dearly wanted their son to be educated. After completing Class 10 from a Government school, he completed his Intermediate from RDF VAPV Junior College, going on to complete his B.Com too. He was always interested in developing his village and rural communities. He has been active in helping farmers’ education about good farming practices, helping develop school to create a good education environment and in quick time has enabled Mothya to become the best ‘thanda’ in the mandal. It has good roads, good drainage system, street lights and drinking water. He has also put into place bi-monthly health camps and putting in a lot of effort to improve the quality of life for the villagers. He very humbly says, “I can do all these things only with the help of the villagers.”

Kaku Sagar

In Mechurajpally, Sagar says, “I belong to a poor family. My father is a farmer and my brother is a seasonal businessman. I dropped out of a government school because I wasn’t satisfied with my studies. Then I met Sridhar Sir, the Headmaster of Kalleda School, who inspired me to join the RDF school. Once there, I was encouraged by everyone and went on to do my intermediate from the RDF VAPV Junior College and also did B.Com and Master of Social Works from Kakatiya University. I discovered my interests and abilities in RDF and became a class leader in school as well as college. It was during my Post graduation that I was given an opportunity to coordinate a student meeting which developed my confidence & that’s when I decided to become a leader in my village, then go to the District and State level to serve the people with honesty and discipline.”

We feel confident of the future of the rural communities we work with, with being in the hands of such passionate and capable leaders like Sagar and Naresh. We are very proud that they were part of RDF and feel humbled by their gratitude towards us!

Dancing towards your Dreams!

Harsh is an alumnus of Redlawada School. From the time he was in school, he was passionate about dancing.Whenever he got the opportunity, he would showcase his dance skills. He was encouraged by his teachers to keep building his skills which helped immensely with his confidence and motivated him to keep practising and improving.

Recently, he formed a ‘Kolatam’ group in Redlawada village. This is a traditional, rural dance form that he wants to propagate. He has inspired many local youngsters to join him and is providing dance coaching to them. His hard work is paying off when he won an Appreciation Certificate at a District level Kolatam competition.

His dream is to reach new heights of dancing and encourage local talent.

He acknowledges the role played by RDF in reaching for his dancing goals since RDF focuses on developing children’s innate talent, in addition to academics.

His family is very happy at how his life is shaping up and is proud of his achievements. Other students are inspired by his passion, his achievements and his helping boost new talent.

We are so proud of Harsh for not only his personal accomplishment, but that he’s also devoting time and energy to help others improve their skills and reach for their dreams

Alumni Give Back

RDF alumni come forward to help their former school/college and their communities in many amazing ways. It always touches our hearts to see that these students, coming from generations of economic hardship and poverty have so much to give and are so generous with their time, skills and even their hard earned money!

Vinod, at Army training camp

Vinod Kumar, an alumnus of the RDF VAPV Junior College, was a determined and bright student who was excellent at athletics. He won several medals at the District & State level, including winning ‘Best Athletic Player’ in Telangana. He is also a holder of ‘C’ certificate in NCC. He dreamt of a job where he could use his innate skills and be of service to others. His dream came true when Vinod got 2 offers while in the final year of completing his B.Sc Mathematics – one with the Army and another one with the Telangana State Police as a Police Constable. He chose the former and is now undergoing training in Maharashtra.

Rajasekhar

Vinod strongly believes that the education opportunities that he got at RDF are the reason for his success. He is so grateful for this good turn in his life that he wants others to have the same education opportunities that he did at RDF. In the spirit of giving back and paying it forward, he has promised to sponsor 50% of the education of any deserving student from an underprivileged background! This year, he will sponsor M. Rajasekhar’s education – a hard working boy from a family of labourers. To take such a vow while he’s still in training, is a testament to this young man’s strength of character!

We would like to thank our alumni and current students whose expression of thoughtfulness in a myriad ways help make their communities stronger and better!

Our Champions – our Alumni

RDF alumni are its biggest supporters. In the RDF VAPV Junior College, they have been instrumental in driving up enrolment in the college!

As the academic year ends in April, young hopefuls who have just graduated from school after the Class 10 SSC Exams are looking for advice, suggestions and referrals for good Intermediate colleges. We are very proud to let our readers know that all eyes fall on Kalleda because the Junior College has become renowned for its results and facilities.

This year, the college had a pass percentage of 87% in 1st year and 97% in 2nd year. The glowing reports given by our college alumni about the experienced staff, the teaching methods, well equipped labs and good hostel facilities for boys and girls are some of the major reasons why our alumni remember their college with fondness. The ambience in the college is refreshing and invigorating which produces an enriching atmosphere for the pursuit of academics, sports and extracurricular activities.

Many alumni recommend their siblings, relatives and friends to seek admission in the college. They meet the families, speak to them about their experiences in the college and true experience, that too a positive one, definitely creates a good impression! Everyone has said that they feel they have made the right choice with the right institution.

We are very happy and proud that our alumni are our biggest champions who play such a vital role in spreading the good word about RDF through word of mouth. By doing so, we believe they are empowered to make good choices and help bring communities together!

 

The Web of Learning

Learning exists all around us. It is a fallacy that learning only exists in classrooms from a teacher who holds the key to knowledge. But we have seen that we can learning something from everyone. This is something that we inculcate early on in RDF schools, where everyone is seen as a learner and a teacher!

Kalyani, helping in her parent’s fields

Class 4 student, Kalyani, who studies in Redlawada School, like many RDF children helps her parents on the farm. She is learning so much from the life of farming with her parents. She is learning about the value of traditional work and agriculture from them – the challenges, the hard work, the vagaries of nature, about soil, water, crop cycles – life in the real world. Kalyani’s parents are teachers too and in turn, Kalyani can teach so much to anyone who has never had exposure to this way of life.

From the same school, come lessons from one of its first alumnus, Swapna. With aspirations to become an Engineer, Swapna is now pursuing B-Tech. She is happy to be following her dreams, after getting a good start in RDF. She returned to her school to give a motivational talk about following one’s goals to Class 10 students. Swapna, the motivational teacher,  emphasized the importance of English and Communication skills. It’s great to see the spectrum of learning that exists – right from one’s parents to ex-students! We are grateful for this web of connection that supports each and every one of our students inch closer to their goals and dreams!

 

Gratitude for Alumni

RDF’s alumni are its biggest champions! There is no greater credit to RDF’s philosophy and vision to educate, engage and empower poor, underprivileged rural children than when school alumni are able to follow their dreams and goals to a financially sound future and come back to pass on their learning and experience to children in our schools.

Praveen, an alumnus of RDF Matendla School, visited the school for a project to fully understand the challenges of rural education and running a school in a remote area. Currently pursuing an MBA, he spent the day talking to his former teachers about his life as an MBA student, excited to continue his learning journey, the bedrock having been provided during his formative years in the school. He deeply appreciated all the resources that were made available by RDF in such a remote and rural village as he firmly believes that these amenities and quality of teaching gave him an advantage in his higher learning.

He sat in on lessons with students from various classes and spoke to them about his experiences. He motivated them to work hard with all the resources being provided by the school in order to achieve their goals. He patiently answered all their queries about colleges, career and job skills required in today’s world.

We deeply appreciate that former students take on a level of social responsibility at such a young age in order to encourage their local community children.Despite their own challenges, they selflessly give their time, effort, skills and even financial support. We are proud of our truly empowered alumni who do not forget their roots and the bonds created with all our students that make them come back in order to encourage and inspire these young and hopeful children who dream of a life free from poverty.