Archive for the ‘Community Engagement’ Category

Fruitful partnerships and efforts..

Our vibrant community of education and financial partners strive hard to support the skilling and development of our schools and providing tons of inspiration to the children in the process! Infor has been supporting RDF for over 10 years. Rollakal School stands today due to the fundraising efforts by the Infor management and employees who donated sufficient funds that enabled us to construct a permanent school building in Rollakal village. Over the years, their employees have also conducted workshops and talks on skills such as English language development, technology and career guidance.

Last month, Infor employees visited Redlawada School for a green initiative. They planted 140 saplings that consisted of 100 coconut trees, 20 flowering trees and 20 fruit bearing plants! The plantation drive showed the students the value of social service and conserving the environment. Though rural areas are still green compared to urban areas, planting more sapling will go towards making the area even more lush!

Another special initiative that was taken was to ‘name’ all the plants on the names of the Infor employees and RDF team. Together, they decided that birthdays would be commemorated through remembering the person who planted the specific tree! It was a sweet thought that everyone was delighted with! Several parents also visited the school on the occasion and it reiterated the importance of developing social responsibilities in their children, in addition to their academic development. The parent community that strongly supports RDF schools was also happy to meet the visitors and blessed the green efforts.

The day was literally fruitful and everyone went home with a sense of satisfaction and pride in their school and our partners.

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Being the Change…

Our rural children live in the midst of greenery, at nature’s doorstep, so one might ask why they need to be taken on a field trip to appreciate nature and natural farming methods? This is because even rural areas are facing the brunt of climate change, so the teachers of the RDF VAPV Junior College thought it would be a good idea to meet some farmers who are practicing organic and natural farming and understand the repercussions of present farming systems with them.

The farmers in a small village near Kalleda were very happy to meet these students. They believe that the more people are made aware of harmful farming practices and environmental degradations, the more solutions can arise from those who want to make a change. The students, their teacher and the farmers discussed reasons for shortfall of rains, rising temperatures, usage of plastic and using chemical fertilizers and pesticides and the negative impact of this on the environments and us. The students clearly understood the reasons why change is imperative and to pave a path for future generations. They proudly explained that they never use any chemicals on the crops, using natural compost, ‘eruvulu’ instead. Food grown this way is gentler on the environment and those who consume them. Bhavani of BPC, 2nd year said, “I am glad that I learnt practical ways to switch to organic farming. It is necessary to explain this to other farmers. These farmers are getting benefits from not buying chemicals.” Her classmate, Meghna, said “I am very attracted to rice production. We can easily grow rice without using chemicals. On the dairy farm, I was happy to see healthy food being given to the animals. This healthy lifestyle is possible.”

Yes, it is, with the support of farmers and young people like Meghna and Bhavani and our other students. The students are now making plans on how to speak to farmers within their communities to make them aware of healthier ways to farm and assist with their transition!

 

A Flood of Kindness

We were so very touched to see the kindness demonstrated by the children and staff of RDF Kalleda School to help flood victims in Kerala. Though these families have immense struggles with money which impact their daily life; seeing others’ suffering brought their humanitarian nature to the fore.

The children took ownership of the donation activity at school. Before deciding on their course of action, the students and teachers gathered and discussed the importance of social responsibility and kindness, regardless of social and economic standards. It was beautiful to see everyone come forward and donate. The school was able to collect Rs. 4379, a modest amount with a huge heart and spirit driving the collection! The money was submitted to the District Collector’s Office who were very appreciative of the school’s efforts.

The children were earnest in their endeavour to motivate everyone to donate, event a small amount. They understood the importance of helping social causes and have empathy for everyone. We are super proud of their efforts!

Celebrating Independence Day and Independent Minds!

Independence Day was celebrated throughout the country. While it was the 72nd year of independence, many parts of India, especially rural areas continue to be underdeveloped and underserved. This is felt acutely by the rural communities that RDF works with. However, we feel very proud that in the midst of continuing challenges, we are raising independent minded children, who bravely engage with these issues in their own communities.

On this Independence Day, the children and staff of Redlawada School took out a rally with a difference. Though it was raining, the flag was hoisted and there was an atmosphere of celebration. The children decided that the community needs to be better involved in developing the infrastructure in the villages such as roads and water resources. The lack of such basic amenities means that the kids are well versed with what is needed to developed in rural areas and that action as citizens is also needed. We are happy to see that they feel empowered to take such action! Therefore the rally was conducted with the view to urge and encourage the villagers to come together and figure out solutions to these basic problems that they still face.

Isn’t this real education? These are the skills that are needed to be developed through education – to be in service to society – understand social problems that affect them and come up with solutions. We couldn’t be prouder of these clear thinking young kids! Independent, clear and creative thinking was the motto for the school this Independence Day!

Celebrating Pure Partnerships!

Mr. Sai Reddy (L) & Mr. Kiran Addala (Far R) with school team & parents

15th August 2018 turned out to be an unforgettable day for the RDF family, especially the Rollakal School community! Mr. Sai Reddy, a Director at Infor donated a water purifying system to the school! Keeping in mind the long term health and hygiene of the school team and the locals, it was a lovely gift to receive.

Enjoying pure & refreshing water!

Infor has been a long standing partner and has supported RDF’s vision of rural education and empowerment for nearly a decade. The school stands today due to funding support received from Infor  management and employees. Over the years, they have made several visits to the school to interact with everyone and also provide skill based training to aid students’ development.

The parents are also very appreciative about this donation. On this Independence Day, the community rejoiced its independence from water borne diseases which they have been prey to, in the past. We deeply thank Mr. Sai Reddy and Team Infor for helping us in invaluable ways and cherish this partnership for many, many years to come

A Green Award!

The MPP and ZPH schools have been thriving under the care and guidance of the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF partnership since 2015. This is the 4th year in which the schools have been supported in all aspects of its operations – infrastructure, education, midday meals, teaching learning materials, setting up of a library, bridging the parent and village communities with the schools etc. These efforts and facilities have firmly established both schools as quality education providers and pillars in the community.

Greening the environment has also been a key aspect of developing the school, with both RDF and TMF, as well as the Telangana government providing saplings and plants to the schools. The garden has been maintained by Mrs. and Mr. Beeraiah – the schools’ security team and we are indebted to the deep care they have provided to the blossoming of this garden. When you walk into the schools, you are greeted with the extent of the greenery in both schools!

The kitchen garden, sponsored by TMF and RDF occupies pride of place in the schools. This organic garden has provided many seasonal vegetables, herbs like coriander, mint and sorrel for the midday meals. In addition, it is also abundant with flowering trees, mango, papaya and coconut trees! It’s a paradise for the community, who have watched the efforts of the school teams to grow and nurture these gardens, adding to the green cover in the neighbourhood.

School principal receiving the award

In appreciation of this effort, the school received the ‘Haritha Mitra’ award on 15th August 2018. This awarded was given at the District level by the State Home Minister, Sri. Nayini Narsimha Reddy, for greening the environment and maintaining the school surroundings in a neat manner!

We are all so proud of this honour and the effort that has been put in by the entire school team to create this oasis and providing a wonderful example for the children and the community on the importance of caring for the environment!

A Special Birthday

Blow candles, cut a birthday cake, play some games with friends and feast on good food either cooked or ordered in – sound familiar? It’s a routine birthday celebration! But RDF schools encourage its students and staff to think beyond themselves to celebrate their special day.

Smt. and Sree Sudarshan whose son, Harsha, studies in Matendla School, decided to do something special for his birthday. RDF actively promotes social awareness and youth initiatives across its schools, so his parents planned to show their respect for this planet and the environment on Harsha’s birthday. With the entire school watching and helping them, they planted 3 guava trees – to shower its blessings and fruits as it grows each year.

After all, the human species lives because of the resources of Mother Earth, so it was fitting that Harsha’s parents reciprocated this blessing by planting trees in the school. It also shows the regard that the parent community has for the school, so it was very touching for everyone present.

By witnessing such events, students understand not to take our planet for granted and have the social responsibility to do their bit to conserve it. It also made them understand the true importance of birthdays and to celebrate it in a much more special way, rather than the self indulgent way that its normally celebrated. The Headmaster of the school offered his heartfelt thanks to the parents on behalf of the entire school.