ANDHRA PRADESH

Recognition of humanitarian service comes belatedly

Staff Reporter

Rural Development Trust working for the cause of the poor for three decades



RDT has 3 fully-equipped rural referral hospitals

Fr. Ferrer is recipient of ‘Prince of Spain’ award



ANANTAPUR: As the adage goes ‘better late than never’, recognition of the yeoman service of Rural Development Trust, a well-known non-governmental organisation working for the poor in the district for the last three decades, and its founder Father Vincent Ferrer by the institutions in the district has, indeed, a very late response.

Acknowledging the service of Fr. Ferrer by Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) on Tuesday at its 14th convocation with an honorary doctorate is a small gesture compared to the towering accomplishments by his organisation. It is a late but appropriate decision on part of the university to express gratitude to the benevolence of the octogenarian.

Activities

RDT and Fr. Ferrer have been addressing the basic needs of the rural poor in the perennially drought-prone district of Anantapur. Its activities spread over 1,650 villages in the district helping the deprived classes in different ways. The compassionate and empathetic concern for the disabled and the marginalised by Fr. Ferrer with the help of innovative models of rural development involving the beneficiaries are worth emulation.

The RDT has established three fully-equipped rural referral hospitals, one exclusive family planning and welfare centre, several rural health clinics, a terminal care centre and an exclusive care and support centre for the HIV and AIDS patients, taking due note of the magnitude of the problem.

Recognising the primacy of education in rural development and reconstruction Fr. Ferrer had launched a literacy mission with skill promotion model of education focusing rural employability and regeneration.

Other initiatives

The community-oriented initiatives such as permanent drought fund, women development fund, disabled development fund and socio economic development fund have been enabling the poor and the deprived classes to combat drought, distress and poverty.

Concern for the environment and the holistic approach in watershed development, micro irrigation and horticulture has been winning universal appreciation for the RDT.

In recognition to Fr. Ferrer’s distinguished service to humanity the State Government had appointed him an expert member of the Commission for the Eradication of Poverty.

Fr. Ferrer is also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Prince of Spain’ award for his humanitarian service. “Honour to Fr. Ferrer by SKU is very late but a responsible response to his service.

Anne Ferrer, Fr. Ferrer’s wife, who has been pursuing welfare of women among deprived sections also deserves accolades along with Fr. Ferrer”, says Y.V. Malla Reddy, Director of ‘Accion Fraterna’, Ecology Wing of RDT.

Popularity for the RDT’s programmes is such that about 40,000 poor, who have been sanctioned houses under Indiramma scheme, have preferred the NGO’s houses and refused to ground the Indiramma houses.

RDT and Fr. Ferrer have been addressing the basic needs of the rural poor in the perennially drought-prone district



RDT has 3 fully-equipped rural referral hospitals

Fr. Ferrer is recipient of ‘Prince of Spain’ award





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