The chenchu children of Lingala and Achampeta mandals recollect how India for India movement helped them to go to school
21 chenchu orphan children were one day pleasantly surprised to find themselves in Oxford Model School at Achampeta. These children had no parents and they never dreamt that they will ever be educated. But India for India movement had other ideas. The household hundi program initiated by RDT in 2012 has steadily but surely increased into a big movement. After 5 years, the latest annual collection on Father Ferrer Jayanthi on April 9, 2017 is more than 5 crores of rupees. RDT has already been educating orphan children for the last 5 years. But for the first time it has embraced chenchu children of Srisailam region this year. Totally 6 girls and 15 boys are studying at Achampeta. They are getting books, cloths, fees and accommodation freely. What is more, the school management appointed Madhavi, a special teacher to teach them daily living and relationship skills. She also helps them in their study before and after school. When children were asked what they would become when they grow up, Siva said that he wants to become a policeman and Nirmala would become a doctor and Suramma a teacher and Pooja a doctor. “Until now, we had no one of our own. But the people who collected money through hundis and RDT who admitted us in this school are our true parents. We will be grateful to them all our life. When we grow up, we will also help others in the same way,” say the children.