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Raju's Biogas project wins the INSPIRE Science award

Raju lives with his family in Redlawada. His parents are both daily wage workers. They have an extremely unstable income.

Till Class 1 Raju studied in a local school. However, due to their financial status his parents were considering stopping their education.

It was then that a well wisher advised them to enroll Raju in the RDF Redlawada School. His parents agreed to send him to school as they were assured that they would not have any financial burden.

He joined the RDF Redlawada School in class 2. Once he started getting proper attention he began to concentrate better in class. His teachers slowly realized that he was a very bright student.

Year on Year, he grew stronger and smarter. He began to show a lot of interest in science. He began conducting experiments to learn the practical applications of science.

All his hard work bore fruit when he created a project that could generate bio-gas out of cow dung. This could be used for cooking in the place of firewood.

His experiment won the best project award in the state level INSPIRE AWARD Scheme. INSPIRE stands for"Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)" is an innovative programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to Science.

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About The Program

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Holistic Development
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Program Description

Rural Development Foundation runs schools for underprivileged children with the belief that education is the vehicle to help poor families out of poverty. They aim to equip children with literacy and skills that can enable them to gain employment and bring financial relief to their families.

One unit of Donation to this program covers the cost of a uniforms, sports and craft activities for a child.

RDF's first school was set up in 1996 by the Errabelli family, in order to bring literacy and education to poor rural families in their native village of Kalleda.

Beginning with an enrollment of 80 students in Classes Nursery - 3 in a portion of the ancestral family home, the Kalleda School grew and now is a full fledged school with close to 600 students between pre-primary to Class 10. Over the years, RDF grew from one school to four schools and a junior college with over 1700 children. RDF Matendla School in Siddipet District has grown from 80 students in its 1st batch to close to 400 students.

Over the past 2 decades, RDF has refined its education methodology. It understands the limitations of rote memorization. The schools embrace a holistic learning philosophy, with an education model that goes beyond rote, classroom teaching methods. They work intensively in the areas of teacher training and life skills development in children.

Academic activities for primary school include a specialized curriculum developed by Silver Oaks School, Hyderabad which includes field visits by the Silver Oaks team, training, monitoring, assessment and feedback. The high School follows the SSC curriculum, and have value add programs such as ,Butterfly Fields', 'English Helper' and subject matter training by volunteers, making the curriculum more intensive and robust. In addition, a Sports Development Program and Social Awareness Program aim to build life skills, along with academics. This provides students with the necessary tools to do well in higher studies, become financially independent and break the bonds of poverty.

There are close to 31 teaching and non teaching staff in the RDF Matendla School. Schools operate from 9am to 4pm. RDF believes in hiring and nurturing local talent. Teachers are hired locally and provided with ongoing capacity building programs to upgrade their skills based on the need of the school.

A key part of retaining teachers has been to pay them good salaries as well as providing a supportive environment, good infrastructure and teaching aids. This is the highest cost in RDF's annual budget. In addition, the non teaching staff is also mentored and most have been in service since their respective schools started. Most teachers in RDF have been with their schools since inception. Through training, mentoring and assigning them additional responsibilities, teachers have gained confidence, upgraded their skills and several teachers have taken on the mantle of running their schools very efficiently.

When you donate to this program, you help in providing underprivileged children with holistic education to help them build confidence for their future.

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About The NGO

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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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

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

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

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Program Updates

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RDF realizes that the quality of education lies in the hands of capable, well-trained teachers. It also realizes that student learn well and teachers can teach well when the environment is enabling for both. therefore RDF invests a significant amount of time in providing ongoing training to its teachers in various areas such enhancing subject matter expertise, classroom management skills English language proficiency to enable them to teach in English enhancing teaching techniques through creating and using good teaching-learning materials, etc. These training are developed by senior DSE personnel as well as educational partners like Silver Oaks school, Andhra Mahila Sabha and volunteers. Such ongoing development exposes teachers to a variety of teaching methods which skill set them in order to teach better, which in turn, helps in beneficiaries-the rural underprivileged children, by providing them with high-quality teaching and learning environment.

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

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