From 1st to 6th August a group of thirteen donors and friends visited the Rural Development Trust (RDT) from Spain to witness the impact of the organization’s projects in Anantapur. After having an opportunity to meet the communities that they supported, the group was en route to enjoy some of South India’s unique historical and cultural highlights.
At four o’clock on Saturday, August 5th, the group left RDT’s facilities in a hired minibus to explore Pondicherry. At ten o’clock in the morning the minibus collided with a container truck in Madanapalle village in Chitoor district. Dr. Shoba, a resident of the nearby community and a long time friend of RDT, was among the first responders to the scene. She provided immediate assistance to the injured and contacted RDT staff. Upon news of the crash, a team of four doctors from RDT’s healthcare facilities were dispatched to provide assistance at the Colombia Asia Hospital in Bangalore. In addition to the medical team, RDT dispatched ambulances to transfer the deceased.
The Indian authorities responded quickly and the local police have begun an investigation. The Spanish Consul General in Mumbai travelled to Bangalore and continues to offer an outpouring of support.
Ángel Domínguez, Concepción Márquez, Immaculada Santiago, Rocío Chacón, María Dolores Bernal and Mari Paz González all suffered minor injuries and are now reunited with their families in Spain. Three individuals remain in India receiving care. One is in critical condition in the intensive care unit, another is now in observation, and the third is now preparing to return home.
Anne Ferrer, the Executive Director of RDT stated, “Our collaborators are part of the RDT family. We are doing everything in our hands to support and accompany the group in this difficult time. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones”.
All of us at RDT mourn the loss of Josefa Morán, Nieves López, Vicente Pérez, Francisco Pedrosa, and Sadiq Ali. RDT will continue to accompany the families of the victims and the survivors in this difficult time. Their commitment with Anantapur’s rural communities lives on in our hearts and in our projects.
The following happenings took place recently for RDT Hospital, Bathalapalli:
On 1st of June 2015 our Executive Director Sister Anne Ferrer has inaugurated the most needed and awaited Pain and Palliative Care Unit in RDT Hospital Bathalapalli, Ananthapuramu District, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is an initiative with 4 beds and a simple, comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care for those chronic patients where cure is not possible. There is an end for Cure but there is no end for care.
There are many patients who have reached the end stage of cancer treatment but who must be helped for the rest of the days to live without pain and suffering. There are also many patients with chronic pain for whom it is not possible to find a cure but who must be treated empathetically to live their life as freely as possible from pain and suffering.
Aims and Objectives:
Our aims is to relieve and prevent suffering holistically by treating pain and other distressing symptoms and by providing honest information as well as emotional, psycho social and spiritual support.
There is no intent to either hasten patients death or artificially lengthen the dying process.
Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It offers a support system to help the patient bond with the family during illness, to have a better quality of life and includes bereavement counselling, if indicated.
RDT Hospital Bathalapalli now has this small 4 bedded pain and palliative Care unit headed by Dr.S.M.Kannan and 4 nurses with one house keeping staff as a team.
Anne Ferrer, co-founder and executive director of RDT has been honoured with prestigious JAMNALAL National Award in recognition of her contribution towards the development of women and children in chronic drought prone Ananthapuram district of Andhra Pradesh. A Citation, a Trophy and a sum of Rs.10,00,000 was presented to Anne Ferrer by Mr.Rajmohan, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation and a renowned biographer and journalist at the 38th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards ceremony held at JAMSHED BHABHA Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai on 1 December 2015.
Citation, a Trophy and a sum of INR 10,00,000
Anne Award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children
The award is given to the individuals who contribute towards the development of women and children on the grounds of education, employment and rehabilitation, medical care and legal aid, etc. – See more at: http://www.samhita.org/jamnalal-bajaj-awards-2015/#sthash.Nyu2Jc79.dpuf
Two of the stalls put up by Rural Development Trust (RDT) amongst the over 200 stalls at the “11th Rural Technology Mela” held in Hyderabad, won the stallholders top award on the closing day. The awards were given out by the National Institute of Rural Development, under whose aegis the Rural Technology Melas have been held for the past 11 years. The proud recipients were Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, and Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma who received the award for having the Best Stalls under Handicrafts criteria. They displayed a theme of unique Eco Friendly Handicraft products and their being differently abled persons receiving this award strengthened their position further in society.
The pair of Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, are Paper Mache Artisans of Sri Durga Mahila Vikalangula Sangham, while the other pair of Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma are Embroidery Artisans of Sri Jyothi Mahila Vikalangula Sangham belonging to Rural Development Trust at Ananthapuramu. The products displayed at the stalls put up by RDT had displayed a whole variety of products made of eco friendly products out of jute, paper, arecanut sheath fiber etc. Products with natural dying were highlighted and products were made with areca nut sheath were really appreciated.
According to Ms.Safia, Assistant Director, RDT, “To have won these awards is testimony to what can be done when one puts one’s mind and soul into the effort. All four of these people did just that and proved what they are capable of. Of course, this puts a major obstacle in our path – we must do better than even these fantastic stalls next year!”.
There were over 200 stalls displaying rural technologies and products from all over the country. A large number of technology developers, technology users, technology institutions, Universities, scientific and research organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Departments, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Artisans / Craftmen from across the country took part in the Mela. The states represented at the Mela were Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The rural technologies/products displayed this time included handicrafts, handlooms, khadi and village industries products, herbal, medicinal and aromatic products, wood carvings, and other handicrafts, etc.
The unique features of the Mela included the display of innovative technologies, products of successful entrepreneurs of RTP, live demonstration of different rural technologies and the promotion of various rural products. A series of variety and colorful cultural programmes included traditional folk arts, musical night, short plays and dramas by tribal communities, school children and famous artists.