Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category

Our Alum, Illuminating the Path to Education

Our biggest barometer that we are truly empowering rural children comes from our alumni, our constant cheerleaders! While each alumni story is a reason for celebration, our alumni are also drawn to help RDF in myriad ways.

Rakesh, (Front,left) with his constable training group

Jilla Rakesh joined RDF Redlawada School in Class 4 and is currently in the final year of B.Sc. Mathematics. He hails from a poor tribal family, where children are sent to work in order to earn daily wages, instead of being sent to school. However, Rakesh’s family thought differently and were determined to have him complete his education and start a career. Last year, he applied for the State Civil Police Constable job, cleared the physical tests, but didn’t clear the written test due to English language problem. Undeterred by this result, he met the RDF staff for suggestions to improve his English skills and is now waiting to take the next round of written exams.

He meets his community members to motivate parents about the importance of education and send their children to school. He credits RDF for providing him with a solid foundation and giving equal importance to academics, extracurricular activities, games and sports; intrinsic to our value-based education model. Whenever he comes back to his villages, he meets the school students, encouraging them with his own life examples and urging them to go for their goals. A good singer, he also sings inspirational songs for everyone! His inspirational talks have turned some families in his ‘thanda’ (tribal village) around and they have started to send their children to school!

We are so proud of Rakesh’s sense of social responsibility and his sincerity to develop rural communities through education. He’s a great role model for our students and his community too and we hope many other young people like him motivate rural parents about the power of education!

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.

 

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.

A Musical Study!

Nature is a source of wonderful delights, music being one of them! Who knew that the leaves of the toddy palm tree can be fashioned into a musical instrument?

Mahesh, a Class 9 student of Redlawada School, helps his father in the field and learnt how to make this lovely instrument from him. He learnt how to fold and layer the toddy leaves in a specific way, using Arabic Gum thorns to create a wind instrument! It produces a good sound due to the meticulous way that the leaves are layered over each other.

We encourage students to learn traditional arts and crafts such as what Mahesh learnt from his father, as it enhances creativity, which then has a positive ripple effect in other areas of their lives. We believe that technical education helps with their holistic development, enabling them to learn skills beyond classroom education.

An Inspirational Student

Rajender, a Class 5 student of Rollakal School is proving to be a model student for the school. His parents are daily wage workers, who like most RDF parents, work long hours to make ends meet.  Working 12-14 hour workdays leaves his parents with little time for house work. A compassionate boy, Rajender had been observing this and decided to help. His mother was unable to cook for the family due to tiredness, so slowly Rajender started taking over.

Now Rajender does a lion’s share of the work at home! After getting home from school, he sweeps, cleans the utensils, washes the clothes and makes dinner too; all this before his parents return at 8 pm! Alongside this, he also finds the time to complete his homework! His parents feel grateful and proud of their son’s helpful nature and showing tremendous responsibility at such a young age!

At this young age, Rajender has shown everyone that with a ‘can do’ attitude, everything is possible!

The Magnanimity of our Local Community

Naveen, being facilitated on his birthday by the school management

As an NGO, we are able to sustain ourselves due to the generous and committed support of individual and corporate donors who believe in our vision and donate monetarily and in kind. Over the past 23 years, RDF schools have established themselves as leading, holistic institutions that provide a nurturing and stable environment to rural children in which to study and develop themselves in many areas, in addition to academics. Therefore, it is gratifying for us when the local community that has watched the growth of our schools and seen the impact on their children, also donate in many ways to our cause.

Enjoying a nurturing midday meal

Naveen Kumar, a Class 9 student of Kalleda School, and has been impacted positively by RDF’s values of Educate, Engage and Empower, wanted to give back to the school by doing something special on his birthday. He discussed this with his father who agreed with his idea and donated 20 kgs of rice to the school on the occasion! This was used for the Midday Meal on the day. We thank each and every one of our supporters, right from our rural communities to the world community who have come forward to help us. It makes us who we are today!

A Working Vacation

Working, with a smile on his face!

Ranjith Udutha is an Intermediate 1st Year (equivalent of Class 11) residential student at RDF VAPV Junior College. During Dusheraa vacation, Ranjith went home to his village and decided that he would utilize his time working alongside his parents who are cotton pickers. Cotton picking is hard work, but Ranjith was determined to financially assist his family. Due to his enthusiasm to work, he insisted that his parents rest for some days.

 

 

 

 

 

We really appreciate Ranjith’s spirit and  thoughtfulness in looking after his parents and help out at home too. In fact, we are super proud of all our students, who understand the sacrifices their parents are making, to ensure that they remain in school, complete their education and create a financially stable and better life for themselves. So we often see many students helping and working during vacations. Their sincerity and determination inspires us in many ways and makes our work all the more meaningful!

 

A Passion for Art

Talent is always noticed and encouraged in RDF schools. Supporting children’s innate talent gives them a lot of confidence, which transfers into other areas of their life too.

Tagore, a Class 6 student of Rollakal School is a gifted artist who has always been encouraged by his father, Vinay, to not just pursue studies, but his art too. A daily wage labourer, who lost his wife when Tagore and his younger sister were very young, Vinay is a loving father and is determined to provide for their education.

Tagore’s drawings are greatly commended by everyone in school too. He has a keen interest in drawing pictures of Gods and Goddesses, animals and birds, which he draws with finesse. He wants to become an engineer and pursue his passion for drawing simultaneously. Even though he’s young, he teaches drawing to other children, who show a lot of enthusiasm to learn from him!

We wish him the best in everything he dreams of pursuing in life!

Partnership with Parents!

Parental support in underprivileged and financially deprived rural families goes a long way in ensuring the children stay in school, finish education and do well.

Annaram Rajashekar is a Class 9 student in RDF Rollakal School. His family comes from a very poor background, with both parents eking a living as daily wage labourers. Despite the high stress from finding daily work and earning enough to keep the home fires burning, his family was determined to send him to a private school and that too, an RDF school! They had heard a lot about the facilities in our schools and the quality of teachers. With the added support of the school team, to help them financially if needed, Rajasekhar studies happily in school.