Founded in 1969 as the Rural Development Trust in Andhra Pradesh’s Ananthapuram (formerly Anantapur) district – which is the second-driest district in India and thus drought prone. RDT keeps alive the life and struggle of a man who dedicated his life to redressing poverty and social injustice. Father Vicente Ferrer, as he is known, used to say that good action for the poor and needy were always likely to yield good results; this has been amply validated by the results of the decades of work done by RDT not only in and around Ananthapuram, but also in other districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The ambit of the RDT’s activities requires close cooperation with governments as well as corporations, which necessitates greater scrutiny and transparency in our working. This has been managed successfully, even as we seek to expand and reach the poor and needy all over the country. We have also kept ourselves dynamic in our work, moulding our approach as per the changing needs and aspirations of the poor and needy in order to actively support them in obtaining the essentials for living. All this while, we have continuously enabled individuals and communities to be the major stakeholders in their own development.