Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category

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.

A Community of Support

RDF’s Midday Meal programme has been crucial to the physical and mental development of our rural children and the local community recognises and supports this initiative actively. The children receive a free midday meal each day of the school year which includes unlimited servings of rice, dal and a local and seasonal vegetable. 5 years back, RDF had to stop serving a daily egg with the meal due to funds shortage. However, many people have stepped forward to provide an egg during ‘Annadanam’, which allows an individual or organisation to recognise and honour an important life event.

The local, rural community, despite being farmers or small scale workers themselves, also actively helps the schools. In Rollakal School, some villagers have funded Annadanam with eggs! The Village Committee also provides a midday meal with chicken once a year. They also help by contributing to the school infrastructure and activities and doing their best to encourage students by providing smalls gifts to boost their education. This deep level of engagement is why we call ourselves the RDF Community, where stakeholders have the best interests of each other at heart and despite living humbly and coming from underprivileged backgrounds, the depth of their support and social responsibility for RDF’s progress is amazing!

Time Transcending Stories!

The handmade ‘Story Board’ story holder

RDF Redlawada School team came up with a wonderful idea to document old stories that have only been passed on orally between generations and create an library of such stories! The project is called ‘Story Board’. The children were asked to meet elders in their families, especially their grandparents’ generation and bring any stories that their grandparents remembered.

Tucking his precious story away securely!

The kids took this up very enthusiastically and came up with a rich treasury of tales encompassing moral, historical, comic and inspirational themes! The teachers then helped the children to write down the stories grammatically. With so many stories pouring forth, the idea is to share these stories in class as well as during leisure time. With families, even in rural areas, spending a lot of time on mobile phones and TVs, the loss of social interaction between generations became a matter of concern. This idea was to an attempt for grandchildren to spend more time with their grandparents and bond with them over story telling.

The grandparents and parents felt very happy with this community bonding project. The children actually felt there was so much to learn from their grandparents and they came back to excitedly share stories with one another! We hope that this e-library grows, for these old stories to find their way into the younger generations for many more years to come!