Help a poor child with books and supplies by Rural Development Foundation

Help a poor child with books and supplies

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Nagavalli’s parents find a way to educate her despite all odds.

Nagavelli Srilekha is from a poor family. Her parents were daily wage workers and they never had enough money to get by. Nagavalli often did agricultural work to earn for her family as well.

Nagavalli’s parents did not want their life for her. They wanted her to have an education and build a better future. But they could not afford her fees and did not know what to do.

RDF learnt about Nagavalli and decided to support her. They put her on the Fee Exempt list in the school and paid for her education expenses, simultaneously seeking donors to support her education.

When her father passed away, Rural Development Foundation found donors who would contribute the money required for her to continue in school. They were able to get long term sponsorship for her, which greatly eased the financial worries of her mother.

Since 1996, over 3000 families have been impacted by the work of RDF. Parents and villagers also support donations in cash and kind to the schools when they can. They actively take part in school discussions on key decisions. Nagavalli is now confident about her future and cherishes the dream of becoming a teacher.

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About The Program

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School Supplies
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Program Description

RDF school was set up in 996, in order to bring literacy and education to poor rural families Kalleda, Telangana. RDF schools embrace a holistic learning philosophy and invest a lot in teacher training and skills development in children.

A specialized curriculum is developed by Silver Oaks School, Hyderabad. In addition, a Sports Development Program, and Social Awareness Program aimed to build life skills is provided to help them become financially independent and break the bonds of poverty Along with free education, the school also gives the students free uniform, books and all the supplies required for the children.

Beginning with 80 students in a portion of the ancestral family home, Kalleda, the School grew and now is a full-fledged school with close to 600 students from Nursery to Grade 10. When you donate to this program, a child will be able to afford books and supplies to complement his education

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Rural Development Foundation
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Rural Development Foundation

The Rural Development Foundation (RDF), is an Indian nonprofit organization with the mission of providing quality education for underprivileged rural children. They founded and continues to operate four schools and one junior college in Telangana State, taking a unique holistic approach to education through innovative programs and methodology.

Rather than using the conventional method of rote memorization, they focus on cultivating critical thinking skills and encouraging students to understand and apply concepts. They do this through special programs such as Social Awareness, Youth Empowerment, Student Leadership, and Sports. They strive to develop students who will become empowered leaders of their communities, thus working towards the vision of a transformed and prosperous rural India.

Their schools strive to create India's future leaders, people who not only respect their rich, cultural heritage but are also ready to lead their country into the future. Their constant endeavor includes their sincere attempts to inculcate into young minds a civic sense and social responsibility. Beginning with a humble enrollment of 80 students, the number of children attending RDF schools has increased to 1900, as more villagers enroll their sons and daughter in the schools.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Vandita Rao

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Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Supplies | education

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Location of Work
Location of Work

Andhra Pradesh

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy (NVA) Fellow

2017: Maharashtrakanya Gaurav Puraskar

2017: The Pride of India Award 2015

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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22 July, 2019

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Program Update

In the last 8 months, our students reached wonderful achievements. Two student elected Telangana state level sports schools. Our students participating all social awareness programs. Students have fared well, scoring good grades and maintaining an attendance of over 98%. We are delighted to inform you that schools run by RDF achieved 100% in the recent Board exams. Your generous donation has helped RDF pay the monthly salaries of our teachers who help our children excel in both academics as well as extra-curricular activities like sports. To learn more about our work please visit https://rdfindia.org. Special training in English by soft skills trainer who thought Rhymes and storytelling. Synchrony financials trained about 32 students from high school to speak and understand English. The school has a special activity on every Saturday called Balanandam, where children are encouraged to display their talent in drawing, painting." We are giving special coaching for games and sports like valley ball, running, Kabaddi , Khokho, chess and carom.

We are planning to develop all students’ communication skills. We are planning to introduce village and our traditional games which were our grandparents played. Students are forgetting our tradition and culture so we want to continue our tradition and culture which were followed by our ancestors. We will develop the students in all round development skills. Rural kids do not know about Science and technology. We have been giving training Students to learn computer 7 skills.

Story from the field

RDF schools provide plenty of opportunity for students to showcase their skills and talent. After all, academic development and achievement is not the only measure to gauge students’ progress in school. In RDF Schools, an entire wall has been dedicated to display students’ art work. Seeing their work up on the wall gives our students a lot of encouragement and support for their unique talents. In fact, RDF teachers are trained to identify children’s skills and talents and encouraging them to work in their own areas of interest, thus cultivating their inherent skills. The freedom to work on their art really allows their imagination to soar! The smiles and sense of pride to see their work on the wall is really special! Your donation very use full to students, they brush up their hands drawing.

MEO & Government school visitors admiring the Art Wall As part of an Educational tour, some Government school students and teachers visited the school. They were amazed to see the Art Wall and commented that children should be given opportunities to showcase their special abilities, be it art, craft, dance, music or sports. They were so taken by the idea that they spoke about it to their families and other community members too, which made our students even happier. We feel really happy to see RDF children blossoming in so many ways. We thank our teachers for working so hard to nurture individual talent and creating an atmosphere of care and encouragement RDF schools.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?620
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date264
Village/City/State where project is locatedREdlawad, Rollakal, Warangal Rutal, Telangana.
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191042282
Total Expenses for the project YTD1042282

23 May, 2019

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Every child is entitled to an education in India, but unfortunately, not every child is getting quality education. Indians, like many others, want better education for their children. One solution is quality education at a price families can afford. For this purpose RDF schools offer a workable student to teacher ratio so that students get more focused instruction and individual attention. Lessons are fine tuned to encourage children to think creatively, problem solve and not just memorize. Each day is an electrifying experience for these children with co-curricular activities like sports and cultural programs, not to forget, a daily sumptuous and nutritious meal.

Parents pay subsidized fees according to their affordability, starting at 6000 rupees ($100 USD) a year per child, rising to 13,000 rupees ($210 USD) a year per child. On an average, ten per cent of students across all schools enjoy fee concession, either fully or partially, according to their financial status. RDF ensures that no family is paying beyond their means. Beginning with a humble enrolment of 80 students, the number of children attending RDF schools has increased to 2400, as more villagers enroll their sons and daughter in our schools. Today, RDF’s 2728 alumni are either employed with companies or are self employed and few are perusing their higher studies. They have made the journey out of poverty to a position to financially support their families.

Our teaching staff, most of whom are first generation learners themselves, completed their education in Telugu medium. Thus, they are provided high quality training and mentoring support in order to empower them to do their best to teach in English medium schools – proof of RDF’s impact on the local, rural community.

Story from the field

The Success Story of The Pride of RDF It is a day of excitement for Master Raju, a student of RDF Redlawada School, when he received the good news of his project getting selected as the best project in the state level Science-Inspire Programme. Raju has been inspired by his teachers and parents to do his and the result is a prize-winning project! The process started with Raju collecting relevant information regarding the production Biogas. After a few days of experimentation, he came out with a plan. Accordingly, we should take two or three buckets of cow dung in a drum and seal it air tight for about 15 days. Then pour water-added liquid cowdung into the drum. Later, it changes into an organic substance, which is potentially suitable for generating biogas, made up of Methane and Carbon dioxide. A metallic pipe should be used to connect the drum to a stove and we should start using the gas for cooking. As long as we use gas, we should add every day liquid cow dung to the substance kept in the drum, for even if we miss adding liquid cow dung on a particular day the process will discontinue and we have start all over again. It is nice to learn that a prize-winning science project has come from a humble boy. Raju’s parents, farm workers, take a lot of interest in his education. The generous financial support of Give India and the concessions allowed by the school Management, enabled Raju get an education in a reputed school. Free supply of stationery, text books and MDM helped Raju. All his classmates and teachers love him for his good behavior. They all congratulate him on his wonderful performance in the Science-Inspire and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors. Raju who comes from a poor family. His parents were labors. He has two elder sisters. He joined in his 2nd class in our RDF school in 2010. From that onwards he successfully completed his studies with good performance.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date637
Village/City/State where project is locatedRDF Redlawada High School Redlawada Village Nekkonda Mandal Warangal Rural District Telangana 506 369 INDIA, RDF Rollakal High School Rollakal Village Parvathagiri Mandal Warangal Rural District Telangana 506 365 INDIA
Total Budget for the project for FY18-195320000
Total Expenses for the project YTD7360000

28 February, 2018

Sports and Social awareness events conducted at the Kalleda High School

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Kalleda High School organized fun games and contests for all the children on the occasion of National Mathematics Day in December. The life and achievements of Maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan were discussed during morning assembly, along with the importance of Maths in daily life.

Bala Mela

The cultural event called Bala Mela is the culmination of cultural, literary and sports-for-fun activities and almost all students participate very enthusiastically in these programs.

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Traditional Games

RDF schools also balance the advancement of web and mobile based gaming with traditional games. Games such as Karra Billa (Gilli-Danda), Ashta Chamma (ancient board game), Naela Banda (Oonch-Neech), Vaikuntapali (Snakes & Ladders), Donga Police (Robbers & Police), Goti (Marbles), Cycle tyre races and 4 stones are actively promoted and played in RDF schools.

Social Awareness

Children, along with some teachers conducted a ‘Social Awareness Program’ on the issue of Child Marriage, and Alcoholism. Through focused activities, they got the participants thinking about these issues and how they can be resolved within their communities.

Sports & Games

Besides education, the RDF students are excellent in sports. Many students participate in the district and state level competitions and a few of them at the national level. Six of our students played for the district Kabaddi tournament held at Warangal and Master Rajesh went to New Delhi to participate in the National of Taekwondo and won medals.

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