The Chenchus are a designated Scheduled Tribe in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Odisha. They are classified as one of the Primitive Tribal Groups that are still dependent on forests and do not cultivate land but hunt for a living. Many live in the dense Nallamala forest region in Srisailam district of Andhra Pradesh.

RDT has made inroads into the community since 2010 through family visits and the formation of Community Based Organisations (CBOs). Owing to their dire poverty and backwardness in all social indicators of progress, RDT has initiated the following programmes in all these areas with the community.

2,688 acres of government land acquired by 914 Chenchu tribes in 40 tribal settlements

4,704 acres of land belonging to 1,355 Chenchu tribes in 77 villages brought under irrigation

98 youth trained in masonry in 27 tribal settlements

1,271 persons from 843 families in 235 villages accessed nutritional assistance