Vincent Ferrer (1920-2009) and Anne Ferrer founded Rural Development Trust popularly called RDT in 1969 with Ananthapuram in Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh as its Central Headquarters. It is a non-governmental organization registered under Indian Registrations Act 1908.
RDT has been carrying out various need-based welfare and integrated programs of development to improve quality of life of rural poor especially marginalized and underprivileged sections namely Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Backward Castes (BC) and persons with disability (PWDs).
It has been implementing its program activities cut across various sectors in 3268 villages spread across 102 Revenue Mandals in 4 districts of Andhra Pradesh and 2 districts of Telangana, South India. It includes 63 Mandals of Ananthapuramu District followed by 22 in Kurnool, 7 in Prakasam and 1 in Guntur Districts of Andhra Pradesh State and 7 in Mahaboobnagar and 2 in Nalgonda Districts of Telangana State. Among them there are 257 villages of Chenchu Tribes of Nallamala forest areas spread across 29 Mandals in 4 districts of Srisailam Region. The Project area of RDT is administratively divided into 7-Regions namely Bukkarayasamudram (BKS), Bhathalapalli, Kadiri and Srisailam, Kalyandurg, Uravakonda, Madakasira.
The programme interventions of the organisation cover major sectors such as Education, Women, Community Health including HIV/AIDS, Hospitals, Community Habitat, CBR (Community-based Rehabilitation) and Ecology. RDT believes that Sports and Cultural events are very much necessary for the growth, self esteem and confidence of rural children and has been undertaking suitable program activities to bring out hidden talents of rural children in Sports/Games and cultural aspects.
Some of the trustees of RDT are also the members of Rayalaseema Development Trust (RYDT) and Women Development Trust (WDT). The former runs a family planning centre and professional school at Ananthapuram and programs related to cultural and sports while the latter runs a referral hospital at Kanekal and community health program.
It has 2221 full time staff comprised of senior and middle level managerial staff, professional/ technical cadre, grass root and support level who are experienced and trained in their respective fields of work. There are also 3037 volunteers such as community health workers (CHWs) and Community Based Teachers (CBTs) who are trained by the organization at the village level.
Vincent Ferrer had established Foundation Vincent Ferrer (FVF) based in Spain in 1996 with a view to carrying out its work and sustaining the impact of the interventions of RDT. Both FVF-RDT work together and share the same Mission and Vision of bettering the lives of the most deprived sections in society.
In continuation of its efforts for resource mobilization for the cause of poor and needy, RDT has set up its first ‘Resource Mobilization Centre’ in Mumbai in September 2012 with a view to sensitizing like-minded persons in India to participate in the struggle of the poor and needy to come out of poverty and to have a dignified life on par with others.
Program Director spread the message of Father Ferrer of extending a helping hand to those in acute poverty and suffering. Upon his initiation 85542-HUNDIES were maintained in 2129 villages and saved an amount of Rs.1,98,02,718 in them which were broke open on the eve of the birth anniversary of Father Ferrer on April 9, 2015. Staff of RDT had also contributed an amount of Rs.3,92,452. Contributions from both people and staff are remitted into “India for India” Savings Account during the reference period. As per the wish of people it was decided to make use of these contributions for the education of orphan children.
Anne Ferrer is the present Executive Director while Moncho Ferrer, son of Mr. & Mrs. Ferrer, is the Program Director of RDT. A management team called Core Team sets the direction and strategy for the organization. It also guides the various program interventions of RDT apart from sustaining the motivation of various cadre staff to work in accordance with its guiding principles.