Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

by Deepa Garimella

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 a bit.

The Drive

It was a hot afternoon (then again, it is always a hot afternoon here, in Guntur). We were driving through the villages in Chilakaluripetamandal.

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How it all began

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, Mr. Rao hails from Suravarapupalle,a village in Yaddanapudi mandal in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh. He is a graduate in Journalism and Communication, and holds an M.A. in Sociology (from Nagarjuna University).

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Volunteering Opportunities

While donations are welcome, CERDS is in need of volunteers who can help out with project proposals. The work would involve preparing proposals of upcoming projects, to be presented to prospective donors.


Mr. N.Srinivasa Rao, Executive Secretary, Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society has received The ‘Bharat Vikas Ratan Award’, The ‘Mother Teresa Excellence Award’ and The ‘Glory of India Award’ for his outstanding contribution in the fields of  social and humanitarian services to the underprivileged communities.

The Young FICCI Ladies Organisation awarded him Rs. 50,000 for his services to underprivileged girls.

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