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The Power of Community and Technology

It’s May and educational institutions are closed for summer vacations. However this is also preparation time for EAMCET and NEET students. The RDF VAPV Junior College students come from many villages surrounding Kalleda, so coming to college everyday is not an option for those who don’t live in surrounding areas. Here’s where the beauty of community and shared goals have melded with the power of technology in order to provide support to every 2nd Year Intermediate student who’s preparing for the EAMCET and NEET exams.

The Junior College has put in a lot of effort to set up a fully functioning Computer Lab. Despite power issues, backup power supply and internet connectivity was established to make online study seamless and accessible for our rural students. This lab has been kept open all summer. Students from nearby villages make use of this fully equipped lab morning and evening. Their lecturers are providing full support by coming to college to provide coaching. Students who cannot travel are being supported via email and phone by the teachers, plus use of their smartphones for access web material.

We are immensely grateful to our in-person teachers and online teaching resources that are helping all our students during this busy study period.

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Village Heroes, Modern Leaders

RDF alumni always champion RDF’s work. Even when they create good careers, they always come back to support us. While many aim for corporate jobs or aspire to become engineers, teachers or join the police; some really want to work at the grassroot level. Bukya Naresh and Kaku Sagar are 2 such alumni who contested in the local elections, with the former being elected as Vice Sarpanch (elected village head) in Mothya Thanda (tribal village) in Parvathagiri Mandal and the other elected as a Ward Member in Mechrajpally village.

Naresh

Naresh’s parents are farm labourers who dearly wanted their son to be educated. After completing Class 10 from a Government school, he completed his Intermediate from RDF VAPV Junior College, going on to complete his B.Com too. He was always interested in developing his village and rural communities. He has been active in helping farmers’ education about good farming practices, helping develop school to create a good education environment and in quick time has enabled Mothya to become the best ‘thanda’ in the mandal. It has good roads, good drainage system, street lights and drinking water. He has also put into place bi-monthly health camps and putting in a lot of effort to improve the quality of life for the villagers. He very humbly says, “I can do all these things only with the help of the villagers.”

Kaku Sagar

In Mechurajpally, Sagar says, “I belong to a poor family. My father is a farmer and my brother is a seasonal businessman. I dropped out of a government school because I wasn’t satisfied with my studies. Then I met Sridhar Sir, the Headmaster of Kalleda School, who inspired me to join the RDF school. Once there, I was encouraged by everyone and went on to do my intermediate from the RDF VAPV Junior College and also did B.Com and Master of Social Works from Kakatiya University. I discovered my interests and abilities in RDF and became a class leader in school as well as college. It was during my Post graduation that I was given an opportunity to coordinate a student meeting which developed my confidence & that’s when I decided to become a leader in my village, then go to the District and State level to serve the people with honesty and discipline.”

We feel confident of the future of the rural communities we work with, with being in the hands of such passionate and capable leaders like Sagar and Naresh. We are very proud that they were part of RDF and feel humbled by their gratitude towards us!

Adieu and Welcoming the New!

This time of the year is filled with a festive atmosphere in the RDF VAPV Junior College campus. The reason is the hours and days of practice being put into the much loved farewell ceremony for the 2nd Year Intermediate students.

In a heartwarming ceremony, the outgoing students were given a befitting farewell by the juniors. The 1st Year students put in a lot of thought into their performance and presented a wonderful dance performance, skits, farewell songs and games. The chief guest of the function was Mr. G. Veerender, Sub Inspector of Police, Parvathagiri. He motivated the students by advising them to work hard and learn from entrepreneurs and leaders in society. t everyone should work hard and take inspiration from great leader and scientist. Understanding the long journey these young students have undertaken and their life circumstances, he encouraged them by saying, “Everything is possible. Nothing is impossible.”He spoke about the need for role models in society and suggested that they use their time and money wisely and make good decisions. “This will create a good future for you”, was the wisdom he shared.

The seniors too shared their experiences with the juniors and gave plentiful suggestions for their academics and career. The talents and contributions of the outgoing students were recognized and awarded during this event. The day ended on a heartfelt note with the best wishes and goodbyes for the new phase and journey of life that lies ahead of them.

A Budding Artist

‘Beyond Textbook Education’ is an abiding philosophy in RDF. This philosophy is demonstrated time and again when we see how our schools encourage children to hone their innate talent and provide them whatever support they need to develop them.

Meghna is an RDF VAPV Junior College student who loves to draw. Her father who works for a small, private company is also an artist, so it’s easy to see where this talented girl gets her inspiration from. Right from her schools days in RDF Kalleda School, her teachers have encouraged her to draw! She loves to draw living portraits, pictures of Gods and sketches of human faces. Starting with drawing bird and animal pictures as a young girl, she was motivated to explore her skills more by her family and teachers. In this nurturing atmosphere, Meghna’s drawing skills sharpened and her artistry became more mature.

She has participated in many drawing competitions and loves gifting her work to friends, family and her teachers. “I would love to become a drawing teacher and inspire children to be creative and put these creative thoughts and ideas to draw”. We pray that Meghna realizes her dreams and inspires many budding artists, just as she has been!

 

Here’s to Healthy Living!

Mounisha (L), explaining the theory of natural and healthy living

Mounisha, a 2nd Year BPC student at the RDF VAPV Junior College, has been providing nutritional coaching to her friends, after learning about harmful chemical additives in fruit. A Chemistry lesson on how chemicals impact the nature of fruits and soil, in turn harming our health and Iives had a profound impact on her. She says, “My teacher explained about the number of chemical being used in growing vegetables and fruits – that the fruits, vegetables and chicken are contaminated. I was concered about this and explained to my friends how eating such produce impacts our health and our future negatively. I took my friends to the Chemistry lab and explained this to them in a practical way.”

“I came up with a list of ‘Do’s and Don’ts for my friends and the community, which are” –

 Don’t:

  • Don’t drink cold drinks. It pollutes our bodies and the environment
  • Don’t eat fruits and vegetables sprayed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides etc.
  • Don’t eat boiler chicken

Do’s:

  • Drink coconut water
  • Eat naturally grown fruits and vegetables, that have been grown without use of chemicals
  • Cook vegetables using natural ingredients
  • Eat free roaming, natural country chicken (Natu Kodi)

The practical lesson!

Mounisha’s friends took her message to heart and have agreed to spread this awareness in their communities about eating natural foods and avoiding the use and consumption of produce grown with chemicals. We are very proud to see Mounisha making an empowered decision not just for her health, but those of her friends, their families and the extended community too! We hope that her concern and practical solutions find its way into many homes, enabling them to make healthier choices and lead healthier lives.

An Inspirational Interaction

Students interacting with Mr. Ahmad on stage

Mr. Ajaz Ahmad is renowned in the Telangana region as a motivational speaker, newsreader, handwriting trainer and has received many awards in his illustrious career. The RDF VAPV Junior College was honoured to receive him as a guest, in order to interact with the students and faculty.

He spoke at length about the over-dependence on technology and how it is degrading human values due to loss of social interactions and values. He definitely had the students’ attention from the get go when he asked them if they wanted to know how he achieved what he did in his life. The answer, of course, was a resounding ‘yes’! He explained that yoga and dhyanam (meditation), for just half an hour a day gave him the equanimity and focus, which has helped him tremendously in life! He inspired the students and the faculty with his wit and wisdom, giving them many helpful ideas on a range of themes like how to manage time, personality development and how to build one’s career. He also delved into reading and writing techniques which will be very useful in their academic work.

He ended his inspiration talk with saying that, “Success depends on hard work”, urging them to put in effort to feel pride in their achievements and making their parents and the college proud. Everyone had a wonderful time meeting Mr. Ahmad and absorbing the wisdom and practical techniques which he shared so generously with everyone!

For the Love of Poetry

Telugu poets from the Telangana region have been working towards preserving the poetry writing tradition in the vernacular. Groups of poets have also been encouraging new poets in rural areas. To promote the art of Telugu poetry, they organized a programme called ‘Urura Kavisammelanam’ in the RDF VAPV Junior College campus.

Several regional poets read out their poems to much applause and appreciation by the attendees, including the young JC students! G. Susmitha of MPC 2nd Year has been exploring poetry as a medium to express her thoughts and feelings. She was nervous to read out her poems in front of the esteemed guests, but was encouraged by her lecturers and friends. She writes about the importance of parents, friends and the beauty of such relationships. After reading out her poems, she gave her views on the importance of maintaining familial relationships, expressing her sadness when she hears of parents being sent to old age homes, when to her, they are akin to Gods.

Her simple words and heartfelt expression won the hearts of the audience and the guests awarded her a cash prize of Rs. 300, a shawl and a memento. We hope young Susmitha explores poetry writing further and earns a name for herself!