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Sept 4, 2013Falling Economic Tide in India is Exposing its Chronic Troubles by Keith Bradsher '. Click here to read story at New York Times.

Oct 8, 2012An Age-Old fixes for India's Water - revisiting the past by Cheryl Colopy author of "Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis." Click here to read story at New York Times.

 

Aug 23, 2010As its population threatens to turn into a burden, India is looking for ways to encourage delayed childbirth by using cash bonuses! Click here for more on this - read story at New York Times.

 

July 12, 2010Some Indian states have more poor than 26 poorest African nations - UNDP report! Acute poverty prevails in eight Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, together accounting for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African nations combined, a new 'multidimensional' measure of global poverty has said. Click here for more on this - read story at Economic Times.

Also read related story on NY Times: As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists, Malnutrition is worse in India than in many sub-Saharan African countries and they stand out as a paradox in a proud democracy! A World Food Program report last month noted that India remained home to more than a fourth of the world’s hungry, 230 million people in all. It also found anemia to be on the rise among rural women of childbearing age in eight states across India. Click here for New York Times column by Somini Sengupta.

Jan 20, 2010Will India Run out of Water (unfortunately the answer us YES!)? A presentation by Upmanu Lall (Director of the Columbia Water Center) and assiciate research scientist Tobias Siegfried a presention cosponsored by Columbia Water Center and scientists and engineers for a better society student group at Columbia University. Click here for Part 3 of the Video link to Columbia University - The Earth Institute

June 12, 2009In Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. The movei features interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin. Click here for Food, Inc. site

March 20, 2009; While urban India is showing signs of being effected by the global slowdown, rural India may provide some hope with 72% of India living in rural areas. Rural India is a critical audience for marketers with 60% of new cellphone connections and sales growing faster in rural areas for products such as cars, motorcycles, clothing highlighting an opportunity for business. Click here for Washington Post column by Rama Lakshmi.

Jan 19, 2009Dirt! The Movie screening at Sundance. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow employ a colorful combination of animation, vignettes, and personal accounts from farmers, physicists, children, wine critics, anthropologists, and activists to learn about dirt—where it comes from, how we regard (or disregard) it, how it sustains us, the way it has become endangered, and what we can do about it.

Dec 11, 2008;  The most pressing need for India - fix its rotten infrastructure and the dreadful quality of its education. Read rest of the story at Economist

Oct 30, 2008;  "Amid the turmoil, do not forget the poor" by Kofi Annan, Michel Camdessus and Robert Rubin published. The least responsible are usually the worst affected and the least able to cope. Read rest of the story at Financial Times

Aug 30, 2008;  Somini Sengupta (New York Times) writes about Chandra Bhan Prasad a dalit and former Moaists revolutionary who sees wealth as a cure for caste bias in rural India. Prasad's advice to his fellow untouchables is to abandon the traditional child labor intensive trades with focus on education for their children as a way out of the perpetual cycle of poverty. Read rest of the story at New York Times

August 11, 2008 23rd Bonfare Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament presented a check for $35,000 to India Rural Development Foundation. The grant was used towards mid-day meals at the Matendla rural School, Medak District, India. The mid-day meal program is a vital part of the learning equation for the poor rural children. Click here to view pictures of the mid-day meal program.

Aug 11, 2008 One of our students Miss Pranitta Vardhineni from Kalleda village was selected to represent India in womens Archery for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pranitta previously won a Silver medal for India at the 2006 world Junior Archery Championship at Merida, Mexico. Click here for story in Outlook Magazine.

May 17, 2008  John Wood (founder & CEO of Room To Read) inspirational speach at The Power within. Watch video: John Wood


Jan 24, 2008;  Jo Johnson (Financial Times) writes about the dilemma facing international donors with the contradictions they face in India today. India has 400 million people living on less than $1 a day, India is home to one in three of the world's very poorest and about 40% of all the undernourished children! However total aid flow to India has dropped over the years, India receives $1.50 a head, compared with an average of $17 per head for low-income countries. Read complete story at: Financial Times


Jan 17, 2008;  Somini Sengupta (New York Times) writes about Indian Education and the disparities in the school system which effect folks at the bottom of the pyramid. Among the poorest 20 percent of Indian men, half are illiterate and barely 2 percent graduate from high school. India has increased its outlay on education in the past couple of years but a lot more needs to be done to help the rural poor. New York Times


Apr 24, 2007;  Nicholas D. Kristof (New York Times) writes about India's economic boom bypassing the rural masses. Until Indian schools manage to teach students, India will continue to waste its precious brainpower and won't achieve a fraction of what it should. Watch video by Nicholas Kristof or Read this story from New York Times

Feb 7, 2007;  Kids with cameras get world attention! Read BBC story on RDF kids photoblog about daily life in their village in rural India. Was most popular story on BBC site for Asia and Africa!


Jan 1, 2007;  IRDF launches "Village India" study abroad program in partnership with Washington University, St Louis, MO ;  Click here to find out more.


Dec 30, 2006  India's share of malnourished children remains among the worst in the world - paradoxically India also confronts alarming levels of childhood obesity - report by Somini Sengupta, New York Times:  New York Times


Oct 22, 2006 Two of our students Miss Pranitta Vardhineni and Adonda Raju from RDF School, Kalleda village, Warangal win a Silver and Bronze respectively for India at the world Archery Championship, Merida, Mexico. Click here for related links: Press Release; News report on HinduEenadu (Telugu);  2006 Archery World Cup


Oct 13, 2006  Microcredit Pioneers Win Nobel Peace Prize -  Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering use of microcredit -- tiny loans -- to spur development among the poor.  National Public Radio


Sept 30, 2006  India’s growing water crisis -  a three part report by Somini Sengupta, New York Times:  New York Times


Aug 19, 2006  Forty (40) percent of the children in the age group of 6-14 are not attending school in India - Controller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. - Deccan Chroncile


May 31, 2005;  Matendla Rural School (MRS), Medak District moves to brand new campus. view recent pictures


March 17, 2005;  How to end Poverty - Jeffrey D. Sachs. A provocative plan on how we can save those in poverty. . You can also order his book on Amazon.com

January 8, 2005;  IRDF (India Rural Development Fund) partners with SANG (South Asian Network @ Genentech) for long-term reconstruction in the tsunami affected areas. more info


December 9, 2004   Press coverage in Hindu (English) and Eenadu (Telugu) newspaper on the sporting activity at Kalleda Rural School - one of the schools funded by IRDF from inception. Hindu Newspaper or with photos

November 10, 2004  Students make a mark in sports at Kalleda Rural School, Warangal, India.  Ms. Pranitta Vardhineni and Ms. G. Neela both from tenth grade were selected for National Archery Team.  Kumari R. Sunitha was selected for the National Athletics Team.

February 12, 2004   Dr. Anji Reddy, Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Labs makes a generous contribution towards the construction of a permanent school building for the Matendla Rural School, Medak, AP.

December 22, 2003  Community Hall in Redlawada village, Warangal, AP constructed with directed funds from IRDF and the Rotary Club is inaugurated by Dr. A.V. Subba Rao, IAS (sec. Education, AP Govt). Photo

August 15, 2000 IRDF Funds two schools in Madhya Pradesh under the www.fundaschool.org program.