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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.

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!

Sports Achievements

The deservedly proud Matendla team

Matendla School team is very proud to share that 50 students from the school participated in a Mandal level sports competition organised by School Games Federation of India. Senior girls won Gold medals in Kabaddi, Kho-Kho and volleyball. The Junior Girls team and Junior Boys team won Silver medals in the same categories.

Trophies won by the students, proudly taking centre stage!

It’s a pleasure for us to see an increasing number of students choose sports, put in the hard work and focus required for competitions and do well in them. Their ability to balance their academic work with serious sports pursuit is admirable and shows their levels of determination to achieve their goals.

We wholeheartedly encourage students to take up sports, in addition to it being a part of our holistic curriculum, because it truly builds mental acuity and physical endurance and stamina. Working in regions where children face malnourishment and are susceptible to seasonal diseases, we care very much for our student’s wellbeing through making them stronger in body and mind with sports coaching and nutritious meals. This focus and their performance also provides opportunities for sports scholarships and Government jobs – a boon for families to find respite from living in poverty.

Big thanks to the Matendla team for supporting their students every step of the way. We look forward to their performance at the District level competitions and beyond.

Sporting a Bright Future

The rural communities that RDF works with have been struggling in poverty for generations. Hence, we leave no stone unturned to run the best schools we can with good infrastructure, education and training, with help from our committed supporters. Rural children deserve the best, so our schools are like a second home to them!

The Kalleda school team, after the girls’ win

Our students’ sports accomplishments reflect the effort we put into our education model. Harshitha and Spoorthi are Class 10 students from Kalleda School who started learning Archery in Class 8. With consistent daily practice, they won accolades at several National level championships in 2018 in the under-14 and under-17 categories. These achievements have resulted in their selection to the prestigious Calcutta Sports Authority of India (SAI) sports college, a central government initiative.

The Rollakal school team after their win

Similarly, we are also thrilled that 2 of our younger students from Rollakal School, Chinnu and Manoj of Class 4, Rollakal School have got admission into the state run sports school, a tough competition in which students from 33 districts competed for a mere 40 seats!

With complete financial support covering tuition, boarding and lodging, these children can now look forward to full education, a good career in sports and financial stability for their families.

Volleying for our Teachers!

Teaching is an invigorating and challenging profession. RDF teachers are very dedicated and always going above and beyond their duties, to ensure a vibrant learning environment for their students. Hence, looking after them – their rest and recreation; honouring their contribution, is very important to us.

To this end, a sports day is conducted for teachers once a month in Matendla School with the help of the senior school children. The children take this responsibility to organize a fun day for their teachers very seriously! In September, Volleyball was the chosen sport. The teachers were divided into team, with the students acting as umpires.  Some teachers didn’t know how to play the game, but the other teachers and students patiently explained the game and they did their best.

The teachers reported feeling energized and mentally refreshed. Like their students, the lesson of team spirit and collaboration went deeper. All in all, it was a great day for the teachers and the students too!

Sport-on!

Manoj & Chinni’s win in a local newspaper

Rollakal School began as a small school with the shade of trees being makeshift classrooms. It has come a long way, with the cheery white school building and the spacious grounds taking pride of place in the local community. The grounds have been put to excellent use to develop sports abilities in our students, with school students achieving many wins in various sports.

Class 4 students are given special training every year in order to gain admission in State run sports schools. Admission means the children’s tuition, boarding, lodging and sports coaching is 100% covered by the State Government. Ambala Chinnu and Solithi Manoj are 2 proud students who have made it to the Hakimpet Sports School, after a State Level selection that had students from 33 districts participate and compete for admission! Chinnu’s and Manoj’s fathers are toddy tappers which only provide them with a meager income. Chinnu’s father also had an accident when he fell from a palm tree which doesn’t allow him to do much work. Thus the burden of providing for the entire family has fallen on his mother.

Chinni, at home, with his proud parents

With their education and sports training taken care of, both families feel relieved and look forward to their career in sports and a better life, free from financial burdens.