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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.

 

A Satisfied Life with Service to Humanity

Mahender, while in medical college

Mahender, now a practicing doctor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bukya Mahender is an alumnus of the RDF VAPV Junior College, who worked hard to realize his and his father’s, a farm worker’s dreams of becoming a doctor. Though he passed in 2nd division in the BPC (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) in Junior College, he was determined to realize his goal and lead his family out of poverty into a secure life. We are very proud to report that he is working in a corporate hospital now as a General Physician.

Here is Mahender’s story in his own words –

“I had a Telugu medium background. Joining Intermediate education in English transformed my life. I thought BiPC was hard but my lecturers taught me well, making me understand the concepts in a very easy manner. I really worked hard, keeping in mind a plan of action. I secured a second division. With my father’s encouragement I joined the BAMS course. I was overcome with fear in the beginning because the topics were difficult and the difficult vocabulary made it even more difficult. It took 6 months to settle in college. I overcame all my fears when I remembered the confident teachings of RDF teachers. Finally I worked hard and passed. RDF has changed my life. I thank RDF with all my heart. My wish is to provide medical facilities to all hostel students next year onwards free of cost. I have undertaken a pledge to visit the college and explain to all the children about life and about how ‘health is always wealth.’”

Balu, Mahender’s father

Here’s what Mahender’s father, Balu, has to say – (translated from Telugu)

“I felt elated when I came to know that my son has become a doctor. He is the first doctor in my village colony. The credit goes to RDF. College changed his life. He learnt many things here like discipline, obedience and hard work nature. I understood that RDF was, quite clearly, the driving force behind my son’s success. This goes to show that RDF makes dreams come true, if we have the right attitude.”

Designing a Local Waste Water Management System

Non teaching staff constructing the soak pit

Student laying layers of rocks & stones for the soak pit

The Matendla School staff and students recently successfully completed the construction of a soak pit in order to increase the amount of groundwater for use in the school. This school community project shows us once again the power of collective intention and empowered action! The idea came forth after the high school students visited the model village of Hebrahimpur, where a soak pit project was undertaken as a village initiative and each family participated to ensure completion.

The primary treatment chamber linking to the soak pit

The water coming out of the septic tank is not pure. Therefore, the primary purpose of having a soak pit is to receive this effluent water, called ‘greywater’, from the primary treatment unit e.g., the school’s septic tank. The soakpit treats this greywater coming from the septic tank and discharges clear and non-harmful water into the ground. The greywater that passes through the soak pit gets filtered, which results in the smaller particles of effluents settling at the bottom of the soak pit, which get digested by microorganisms and is a sustainable degradation process. The filtered water then discharges through the porous walls of the soak pit, resulting in clean water being discharged into the environment.

The design to execution process managed by the students and non teaching staff also turned out to be a great way for students to understand waste management systems and the engineering that goes into it. The students enjoyed doing this hand-on project, adding a lot of knowledge to the topic of waste water management.

A Community of Kindness

RDF’s community relationships are very strong and have been built over a period of time, with effort from the school team, students, parents and the village residents too. Now we receive so much local support in the form of financial and kind donations, academic and extracurricular workshops, lifeskills sessions and motivational talks. We are really grateful for this local level community help, which helps us to remember how much love and kindness there still is in this world.

MPTC member, Mrs. Revathi Kumar (L) distributing stationery material for Class 10 exams to students

Class 10 students, with their new examination stationery

The local MPTC (Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency) and ward members visited Rollakal School in early March, in order to provide them with advice and motivation for the Class 10 Board Exams, which were slated to be held in late March. Though schools have been shut for over a month due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the counsel given by the local MPTC member, Mrs. Athhi Revathi Kumar, remains evergreen. She asked students to work hard, remember their dreams and goals and work towards them, with all the skills they have learnt in school, with the help of their teachers. They distributed stationery material such as writing pads, white sheets for practicing, pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners.

We thank the MPTC members for distributing new stationery material, which the students were happy to receive and also motivating them. Though the current situation remains uncertain, we are happy to report that our students continue to practice their lessons at home and helping out at home in their free time.

Crafting Fun

Wonderful cardboard creations!

We are all born with creative capabilities and these abilities are honed in RDF schools, based on the particular interest of a child. This approach has created wonders in many children, making them more confident in themselves, believing in their abilities, becoming more creative in a particular art or craft and helping others learn too!

As part of Art & Culture classes in Kalleda School, Class 10 students made various handmade designs. Through such sessions, we are also able to promote local art and craft practices, thus keeping cultural vibrancy intact. The pre-primary and primary children observed the making of these designs, which they did with rapt attention. After that, they were then encouraged to make their own. The kids, older and younger, loved making stuff with their friends and teachers. The community feeling of learning in joy and sharing was palpable!

Proudly displaying all their creations

The children are now using the extended time to make even more interesting and wonderful art and craft items. The children also learn no-fuss, no-mess and low cost ways of making their designs, which can help community handicrafts immensely.

Everyone has been having fun making their sharing their items. So think of a fun art or craft project with your family and we guarantee you will have a lot of fun!

Meditation Matters

Students, during a meditation training session

The pursuit of good academic grades and college admissions create a lot of stress in students’ lives. At RDF, we are determined to not allow stress to impact the mental and physical well-being of our students. Hence, yoga and meditation are an intrinsic part of our holistic education philosophy.

Sridevi ma’am, presenting meditation books to the children

We are grateful to have yoga and meditation teachers who volunteer to help our students and teachers in developing a daily practice and be stress free!

Sridevi ma’am, with the Redlawada School HM

We were introduced to Mrs. Vedantham Sridevi, a retired Headmaster of Government High School by the Hindi teacher in Redlawada School. She conducted a training session on the importance of meditation and how to do meditation. She also donated a few meditation books to the school.  Now, students are doing meditation three times a day, including at home, and have reported feeling more at peace, with better focus and concentration levels.

It’s important to us for our students to achieve their goals through a balanced approach, rather than stressing about marks and grades. We are happy to see the power of meditation take effect in their daily lives.