Andhra Pradesh, ASSIST, Founding Story

How it began at ASSIST

A Belgian Jesuit started it all. But not in the way you think. Before ASSIST Mr. Jashti Ranga Rao, one of ASSIST’s founders (now Operational Director), hails from the town Vetapalem in Prakasam district. Long before ASSIST was born, he was hired as a typist in VRO, an NGO founded in 1971 by a Belgian…

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Andhra Pradesh, Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society, Disabled, Education, Widows, Women's Rights

Fighting rural poverty in Andhra Pradesh

If you’re reading this, I am assuming you are prosperous enough to have a toilet in your home. Millions of villagers in India, however, are not as blessed. Enter good Samaritans like Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society (CERDS), one of whose projects is to financially help people build toilets. But more on that in…

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Andhra Pradesh, Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society, Founding Story

How it began at Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

Mr. Narra Srinivasa Rao is a simple man from an agricultural background. When you see his work, his involvement with his projects, and the office he maintains, it is impressive how one individual can get so many things done. Clearly, all one needs is a strong desire to create social change. Married with two kids,…

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Andhra Pradesh, Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society, Recognition Received

Recognition received by Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

Mr. Srinivasa Rao’s efforts have been recognized on the national level. In 2012 and 2013, CERDS received 6 awards: – the “Bharat Vikas Ratan Award” by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth (a national level organization) in February 2012 – the “Glory of India Award” by the Economic and Social Development Foundation (a…

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Andhra Pradesh, Education, Rural Development Foundation

A school that does not believe in rote learning or the concepts of “pass” and “fail” in exams

What is common among Pranitha Vardhineni (coach, Sports Authority of India; also represented India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in archery), A Raju (gold-medallist at the 2010 World Archery Championship), V Sharada (3-time gold winner at the Junior National Archery Championship and now employed with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and dozens of other sports achievers…

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