Program Director's Message
It gives me immense pleasure to see the overwhelming support from people for the India for India movement. It shows their deep love and affection for my father and his work, and their trust on the Rural Development Trust. It is heart touching to see children; women and old people contribute enthusiastically to the cause. Maintaining a SEVA HUNDI has now become a ritual of Ananthapuram and its adjoining districts which in my view, is the success of humanity – Moncho Ferrer
“The India for India initiative aims to mobilize citizens and institutions in India to fight poverty and marginalization and, in doing so, supplement and reinforce the efforts of the Rural Development Trust in the Ananthapuram district of Andhra Pradesh”
There are many today who draw inspiration from the messages of Father Ferrer, who talked about how good action for the poor and needy were always likely to yield good results, especially when undertaken by strong-willed yet caring persons. Father Ferrer also believed, and so do others today, that good actions are cumulative; many such actions snowball into a bigger one. It was this latter principle that is directly behind the initiative of a SEVA HUNDI which in essence is the multiplying of tiny acts of goodwill over time and population.
“Spandinchu Sayam Andinchu” – Let your hearts respond and hands help – the slogan of this effort, which began in a few project villages in 2012 but has today, in its third year, has spread to villages and towns well outside our project areas. And all along, it has been the rural poor who have pitched in the most, letting meagre savings collect annually into significant amounts which, on their suggestion, are used to educate orphaned children. This humble household SEVA HUNDI now underpins the entire India for India movement.
IMPORTANCE OF THE MOVEMENT:
The SEVA HUNDI initiative has been unique in that it is the poor who, despite their own difficult circumstances, suggested pooling together their meagre savings for a good cause. This cause, also chosen unanimously by them, was educating orphan children. Accordingly, the Rural Development Trust ensured that all their educational and personal needs were financed as required. Thus far, about 450 children are benefiting from this programme at various educational levels from Standard I to degree courses, at a total cost of INR 1,08,79,864 so far.
An additional initiative also funded by the India for India programme is the provision of nutritious food to pregnant and lactating mothers, and children under five, among the Chenchu tribes living in the Nallamala forest area in Srisailam region. As of March, 2015, around 5,035 people across 232 villages have received food through this programme.