Securing our girls and their future! The journey from a school to a Junior College often entails girls living away from their parents for the first time. Wanting the best of the girls means that they need to stay in a hostel. The RDF VAPV Junior College has become renowned for its quality of education and facilities being provided to its students, including hostel facilities. Till recently, the junior college had 6 rooms in the girls hostel and had to turn down requests for hostel accommodation due to lack of space. Parents from surrounding villages entreated the college team to expand the hostel facilities for girls. Since RDF is also a charitable institution that relies on donations to run, we also needed the requisite funds for construction, we have acquired funds and are now constructing 10 more rooms. Along with that special seminars and motivational classes for girls is also on the anvil, such as Leadership Skills, Self Help Programmes and Women’s Empowerment workshops – all with the aim of educating, engaging and empowering girls.
Planning and data collection in action. (Clockwise) Long winters give us plenty of time to develop a garden layout, based on how we want to eat during the year. Come Summer, we track the rotation and number of days hogs are on each paddock, as well as rainfall and our cover crop schedule. Year round, we make ourselves available to tutor young folks in math. #knowyourfarmer#knowyourfood#whatyoumeasurematters#ruraleducation
Conducting model elections in school is an interesting way to learn about the Indian election system. It can take text heavy theory right out of the textbook and classroom, into an engaging activity for the entire school!
RDF Kalleda School conducts the elections of their Head Boy and Head Girl in this manner. The process followed is exactly that of the General Elections – announcement of the election notice, receiving nominations, campaigning by the candidates, casting of vote and the announcement! Children from classes 5 – 10 participated enthusiastically!
G. Lesrith and D. Sreya were elected Head Boy and Head Girl respectively by the voters – our children! Congratulations to Lesrith and Priya and to the entire school community for conducting a fair election, again!
It was such a pleasure to meet this family who put a huge smile on our Program Manager's Daisy's face! 💖 A girl being able to continue her education is an opportunity not just for her, but for her whole family #educateagirl
Go entrepreneur by using the art of #PaperCraft .
Create & sell something to make a living or just for fun.
From basic shapes to intricate paper cuttings, learning #PaperArt enables one do a lot. #Parivartan brings a free, 4-day Paper Artwork Workshop for school students & women.
ये कार्यशाला परिवर्तन घरौंदा के द्वारा दिनांक 17-20 अगस्त 2018 तक परिवर्तन परिसर में आयोजित किया जाएगा जिसमे कुल 4 प्राथमिक विद्यालय 7 मध्य विद्यालय और 2 उच्च विद्यालय के बच्चों की सहभागिता होगी । इस कार्यशाला को संचालित करने हेतु पेपर क्राफ्ट विशेषज्ञ श्री संजय सिंह, पटना का आगमन होगा । इस कार्यशाला में बच्चों को पेपर के द्वारा विभिन्न प्रकार के आकर्षक मॉडल बनाने का प्रशिक्षण दिया जाएगा ।
This week our Program Manager Daisy was in Gansu choosing the next batch of students to receive sponsorship from EGRC. It is always a privilege to offer sponsorship to young women, and to hear the inspiring stories of the girls and their families #educateagirl
Lack of awareness on menstrual hygiene results into a continuous challenge in the life of adolescent girls. Social taboo prevents people from discussing and passing on knowledge on this issue resulting in grave health issues.
VAIGAI TRUST focuses on welfare initiatives for women and children and on efficient management of natural resources for sustainable future of the community. They train young girls in various aspects of menstrual management like proper usage and disposal of pads and importance of cleanliness. These girls then pass on their knowledge to their peer groups.
Children from 10 schools (600 adolescents girls students) are adept in their menstrual hygiene knowledge and practice safe sanitary practices. They also screen short films and arrange for interaction with experts. 50 teachers in 10 schools have been made completely aware on the psycho-social aspects behind periods and support the girls during menstruation, playing the role of mentor.
Help VAIGAI Trust by donating online at https://letzchange.org/projects/project-proposal-on-sensitizing-menstrual-hygiene-issues-among-adolescent-girls-in-schools
The future of young adults, like Ever, a beekeeper in his community, should not fall into the cycle of poverty. Thanks to a project funded by the The Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN) and the Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction (JPO) and carried out by Fabretto, over 1,800 youth in rural Nicaragua benefit from quality technical and vocational education to help increase employability and support the local economy. On International Youth Day, Fabretto renews its commitment to ensuring that youth from underserved communities are able to improve their income and break the cycle of poverty.
Boom Boom Mattukarars and Narikuravars are ancient nomadic tribes who have been forced to make a living through begging and selling minor wares. Their children are often begging in the streets or in front of temples/churches.
Vanavil is an alternative residential school started in 2005 in the aftermath of the Tsunami by a handful of youngsters to work with the children of these marginalized communities in the Nagappattinam area.
Young children are provided education on site from LKG to Std. V. From Std. VI onwards, children are sent to the nearby Government schools. Older children are shepherded through school and college. The biggest impact this school has had is in giving these children a normal childhood and making them believe that their dreams are possible.
Help Vanavil School by donating to their cause at https://letzchange.org/projects/educate-children-of-marginalized-nomadic-tribes
Mentoring is a system that enables to fill the gap between what we have delivered in a training and the implementation in field. There many ways how mentoring can be made, especially in the real daily works.
Today, #EQuIC team in their visits to schools for mentoring in implementing gender equitable teaching practices in targeted schools, supported by #ALIGN .
Candidates from poor families in rural areas lack awareness on ongoing competitive exams for the recruitment of various jobs and services from the government sector. These youth are socially discriminated, educationally deprived and economically very backward. One-fourth of them work as migrant laborers, 60% work as daily wage labourers and 10% of remain unemployed.
Your Hope is Remaining (YHR) is an NGO established in 2010. It works for development, capacity building, enlightenment and total empowerment of the poor and women in Chennai and Trichy districts for their effective participation in total development.
YHR aims to improve the employment prospects of rural candidates by providing free coaching and training for TNPSC exams. You can help YHR in this effort by donating to their cause at https://letzchange.org/projects/free-coaching-and-training-on-tnpsc-group-ii-services-for-the-rural-poor-candidates-in-trichy-district-of-tamil-nadu
A ‘Bala Sabha’ – an ‘Assembly of Children’ was conducted for the very first time in RDF Rollakal School! Though RDF schools are student centric and children are empowered in their daily activities to think and speak freely through the creation of a nurturing and invigorating school environment, this event was special because it was planned and executed ENTIRELY by children! The school staff was amazed with the ease with which the event was conducted, which shows the level of responsibility, attention to detail and planning that was put into place by these young children.
Creativity flows when there is space in the mind and the heart – unburdened with unrealistic expectations, for ideas to germinate and flow! We feel really proud to say that we see this over and over again in our rural children. It is also a testament that the effort we put in to creating a nurturing environment in our schools make the children thrive!
Kamatam Haricharan, a Class 6 student in RDF Matendla School, got the idea to make a globe for his classroom during Social Awareness class. The social awareness came from his idea to create this entirely from waste material in his home! This level of thinking – to think for themselves, research and plan their project, is special to see in our children! His Social Studies teacher, Mr. Bapureddy and his classmates appreciated him for making this globe, which occupies pride of place in the classroom #inspiredstudents#ruraleducation#india#telangana#education#school#students
We are thrilled to announce that B. Srikanth from Redlawada School’s 1st alumni batch has procured a good job! He has got a job as a Data Entry Operator with a company in Hi-Tech City, Hyderabad. Srikanth’s family comprises of labourers who depend on daily wages to manage their lives. This job gives them hope that years of living in poverty and struggling to eke a living are at an end.
Though Srikanth led a hard life due to family circumstances, like all RDF children, he never lost hope and confidence and worked hard at his education. Even in school, he used to spend hours in the Computer lab and learn how to use them. Whenever he has time, he comes to school and motivates the students to work hard to reach their goals. He believes that RDF has changed his life and his family’s.
Well done Srikanth! So proud of you!
If you're a CSE/EEE/ECE graduate, come be part of this worthy initiative on the 2nd Saturday of every month 💻💡🔌
Anaadi Rural Youth Skills Education (ARYSE) is an initiative designed to serve the thirsting youth from rural demographics through high-quality training in technical skills and life skills. 👷
At this workshop, Computer Science and Electronic Engineers from rural colleges around Palani will be given high quality training in foundational and advanced Computer Science topics.
Let us all come together to help our fellow young students. As Swami Vivekananda says, ARYSE, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached!
Call to volunteer: 8667880732