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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.”

Empowered Alumnus

Each month, the RDF VAPV Junior College invites guests to motivate students in different spheres such as sports, creative fields and academics. Last month the JC team invited an alumnus who is well settled in life and is a teacher.

Afreen was an MPC (Maths, Physics, Chemistry) student of the 2010 batch. She passed her Intermediate exams in 1st division. She was a sincere and intelligent student, always thinking innovatively about her studies and life. Inspired by her college lecturers’ methods of teaching, she joined a Teacher Training course and was successful in getting a job as a Government School teacher at the young age of 20!

She spoke about her journey saying, “My father supported me a lot of achieve my goals. He always told me the values and education play a main role in life. I was also inspired by my teachers. I believe that hard work never fails and everything is possible to the common man if you have the will.” Inspiring words, indeed!

She spoke of how universities have evolved to have a variety of useful courses. She urged the students to select a course based on their interest and passion and that success would automatically follow. As a girl, who was provided the opportunity to pursue education and her dream, she has also committed to sponsor the education of one girl every year.

We are so proud of wise Afreen and are happy that she will continue RDF’s vision to educate and empower girl child education in her own way!

Leading her Future

Harshita, helming a class project and helping her classmates

Very often in schools, there is tendency to see children through the lens of their academic performance only; labelling them as intelligent or slow learners. However, children, like all people have many merits that extend beyond their academic capabilities. RDF teachers receive regular training in order to identify the many talents or behaviours in students that can be honed.

A natural leader and speaker

Receiving the top prize for her performance in a play

Harshita is a Class 9 student in the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership Zilla Parishad High School, Bahadurapally. Her father is an auto driver while her mother is a housewife. Her parents dream big for her, wanting for her, what all parents from underprivileged backgrounds desire – a better life for their kids through education. But Harshita doesn’t always perform well academically. However, her teachers see many great qualities in her which will serve her well in life – she’s good at sports, is honest and courageous and goes out of her way to be helpful to her classmates, other students and her teachers too. She has earned renown for her leadership qualities, taking initiative and responsibilities willingly with a smile in several activities. She is known for tackling problems head-on, be they personal or others’.

Aren’t responsibility, ownership of self and work, problem solving skills, the ability to make decisions and help others, all hallmarks of good leaders and managers? Harshita’s future promises to be bright and whatever she chooses to do, we’re positive, her employers and colleagues will be lucky to have her!

Championing Sports and Girl Power!

Anitha, at work, in the fields

Gugulothu Anitha studying in Intermediate 1st Year in the RDF VAPV Junior College is an inspiration to everyone. She belongs to a poor Scheduled Tribes family, the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was hoping for a boy when she was born and decided to bring her up like a boy. So while traditiona; families such as hers, girls look after household chores and boys help in the field, Anitha has been helping her father in farm work since she was young.

Anitha (5th from L), after winning a tug-of-war championship

However, Anitha is working hard at changing her father’s mindset to show him that girls and boys can do the same work. In Class 10, she started to show an active interest in Tug-of-War and sports such as netball, cricket, mini gold and Wushu. She diligently practiced before and after school, winning 3 medals in National level competitions. The Physical Education Teacher encouraged her interest, which further inspired her.

At a track & field sports meet

She wants to become a National coach and prove that girls are not inferior to boys in any field. It is heartwarming to see her speaking to her father  and showing him, through her accomplishments, to banish his belief that he would have been better off with a son rather than a daughter! We are proud of this empowered and self expressed 16 year old, who has become a role model for many rural girls.

Football Goals!

It brings us a lot of happiness when we see rural parents supporting the education of their children and especially if the child is a girl!

Ravali, an alumnus of Matendla School, comes from a family of humble farmers, who strongly supported her education goals. She was always passionate about Sports and started playing football in Class 6. With the help of the Physical Education Teacher, she did well in her chosen sport in school. Now in 2nd Year Intermediate (equivalent of Class 12), she has participated in several State and National level Football competitions, winning  1 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the National level.

 Ravali continues to show remarkable progress and is now the captain of a football team.  At a recent State level tournament, she was also selected as the ‘Best Player’.  Her role model is the international football star, Neymar, and it is her dream to represent Indian Women’s football. We pray that her perseverance and hard work help her to make this dream come true for her.

Bridging Communities

RDF’s work extends well beyond the classrooms and the walls of the school. Community engagement is a core part of our mission. Over the years, each school team has worked with utmost commitment to motivate the rural communities about the power of education, educating girl children, mitigating social issues, increasing awareness about environment issues etc. With a core tenet of transparency, many bridges have been built between each school and the rural communities in which they operate.

Our holistic education philosophy and academic and extracurricular accomplishments have led many organisations and individuals to visit our school, with a view to understand our work and find meaningful ways to contribute.

Rollakal School was visited by some students from a Hyderabad based corporate school and their parents, with a view to meet students and clarify subject specific doubts. There was a lively discussion regarding various subjects and the visitors were impressed with the students’ understanding and knowledge about various subjects and concepts.

The Class 10 students met separately to talk about the Class 10 exams, get advice on preparation, sitting for competitive exams and career development. They also conducted a fun quiz competition, which met with an enthusiastic response. Together, they played volleyball, badminton and cricket, ending the day on a high.

While leaving, they said, “The village and the school environment is filled with greenery. It’s a beautiful environment. We are very happy that our children enjoyed themselves with the children in the school, like their brothers and sisters.”

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!