Education

Education

It is absolutely important for an individual to be educated as it gives him/her more than just a livelihood. Education gives him/her self-confidence and an identity of one's own.

However, it is a very common feature in a developing nation to see a boy or a girl dropping out of his/her school as his/her parents are unable to extend financial support. Therefore, the child too like his/her parents get crushed under the wheels of never ending poverty and misery.

For this reason, the thrust area of education is very close to our heart and receives a lot of attention, which is clearly visible from the fact that a major chunk of our budget is dedicated towards support to education.

We have three components to this thrust area

 

Financial Support

Financial Support

The main idea of this programme is to bring down the school dropout rate as a result of poor economic conditions. Here, we sponsor the meritorious students from KG to PG through scholarships, which are availed by many of them. The sponsorship procedure starts in June and ends in August every year on the basis of merit and financial status assessment. Under this programme, an amount of Rs.88.77 lakhs has been disbursed to 470 students till date.

Material Support

Material Support

We have been identifying vulnerable sections among the student's population in various government schools and have been donating uniforms, notebooks, study materials, plates and tumblers for Mid-day meals, etc.

Moral Support

Moral Support

Ramky Foundation conducts the Quarterly Quiz and other competitions in the schools and colleges, in its operational areas, for the intellectual development of children. Also, we take up career counseling for intermediate and degree students. In some of the communities we have even established libraries and reading clubs for the benefit of the students. We at the Ramky Foundation wish to enrich and add everlasting value to the lives of the students we support and nothing would bring us more joy than to see these students achieving measurable success in their lives and reaping the benefits of their education.

Our major projects at present are:

 

Kanakamma Avva Asara (Hostel for orphan and Semi orphan girl students)

Kanakamma-Avva-Asara

Most of the girl students in rural areas are denied the opportunity to continue their further studies after the completion of secondary school education, due to various reasons ...

 
 

Scholarships to poor and meritorious students

Scholarships to poor and meritorious students

Ramky Foundation is supporting the poor and meritorious students by providing scholarships to access quality education. Every year, at the beginning of academic year Ramky Foundation identifies the needy students...

 
 

Material and Infrastructure support to govt. schools

c.	Material and Infrastructure support to govt. schools

Ramky Foundation is helping the students of government schools in accessing the quality education by providing necessary inputs required for their education development. The activities under this program are distribution of note books, study..

 
 

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Kanakamma Avva Asara (Hostel for orphan and Semi orphan girl students)

Kanakamma Avva Asara (Hostel for orphan and Semi orphan girl students)

Most of the girl students in rural areas are denied the opportunity to continue their further studies after the completion of secondary school education, due to various reasons such as unavailability of colleges in nearby areas, parents’ financial affordability and other connected societal factors. These factors are forcing the girls to drop their education. Many of the girls in rural areas are not enjoying the fruitfulness of achieving their goals and dreams though having talent.

As per the vision of our beloved Chairman – addressing the needs of such poor and talented students by providing all the required support in the form of a hostel, “Kanakamma Avva Asara” has been initiated in 2009 at Narasaraopet in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The hostel provides boarding facility, food, health care, coaching related to studies, counseling support and other support required for their education development of the girls.

In this financial year, 40 girls were accommodated in the hostel. Total of around 550 girl students were benefited from the hostel since its inception and some of them got employment opportunities in various companies /organizations through campus placements.

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Scholarships to poor and meritorious students

Scholarships to poor and meritorious students

Ramky Foundation is supporting the poor and meritorious students by providing scholarships to access quality education. Every year, at the beginning of academic year Ramky Foundation identifies the needy students in order to support apart from continuing the help to previous years’ beneficiaries. Total of Rs. 2, 74,500/- is contributed towards education development of 40 students in the form of scholarships in the financial year (2015-16)

Total of more than 3500 students were provided around Rs. 1.55 crore in the form of scholarships to poor and meritorious students.

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Material and Infrastructure support to govt. schools

Material and Infrastructure support to govt. schools

Ramky Foundation is helping the students of government schools in accessing the quality education by providing necessary inputs required for their education development. The activities under this program are distribution of note books, study material, school bags, etc. Foundation is also encouraging the extra-curricular activities by organizing various competitions related to studies, sports, etc, which helps the students in show casing their multi talents.

Ramky Foundation is committed not only for providing required inputs to the students, but also contributing to create better environment for the students in school by providing necessary facilities /infrastructure such as libraries, fans, lights, water purifiers, etc. RF is also creating awareness on various societal issues such as importance of education, safeguarding environment, etc, by organizing plantation programs, exposure visits, etc.

Following are the outcomes of this program;

  • Establishment of two libraries in Thadi and Pharma city Rehabilitation colony of Vizag area, which are serving as knowledge resource centers not only for the students, but also to the villagers
  • Note books distribution to 4822 students in various project areas all over the country
  • Study material distribution to 300 students
  • Competitions on quiz, essay writing, debating, sports, etc, in order to encourage extracurricular activities.
  • Exposure visits to 40 students
  • Celebration of national festivals, important days such as children’s day, environment day, etc
  • Material support to Anganwadi centre in Golakpur village or Orissa.

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Awareness Programmes on Municipal Solid Waste Management

Awareness Programmes

Ramky Foundation has been conducting awareness programmes on effective municipal solid waste management in collaboration with Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited and the Municipalities/Municipal Corporations in some of the towns and cities in India. This programme began in May 2010 at New Delhi and has now spread to Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Mumbai in Maharashtra, Bhagalpur and Gaya in Bihar and Guwahati in Assam.

The programmes under these projects consist of:

  • Meeting with stakeholders
  • Training programmes for service providers
  • Street plays
  • Rallies
  • Pamphlet distribution
  • Door-to-Door meetings
  • Competitions and awareness in schools
  • Competitions at housing societies, etc.

The ultimate aim here is to facilitate clean and green towns and cities.

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Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project

Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project

Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development, Government of West Bengal awarded Support Organizations to Ramky Foundation, to work in 4 districts in the implementation of Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project funded by World Bank. Ramky Foundation has been assigned the task as Support Organisation to facilitate enhancing agricultural productivity of small and marginal farmers, organize the beneficiary farmers into Water User Associations (WUA) to resume responsibilities of Management, operation and maintenance of scheme, facilitation & preparation of Scheme Development and management plans, facilitation & implementation of Agriculture Support Services and e-project is Rs. 3 Crores. Ramky Foundation has been facilitating the following activities under capacity building, promoting effective functioning and fostering of Water User Associations.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • Facilitate community mobilization for formation of WUA
  • Facilitate participation and strengthening of community based institutions for successful implementation and sustainability of the project
  • Foster capacity building for project staff and other relevant functionaries to help increase capability to provide long-term support and monitor the activities of WUAs
  • Assist in expanding farm based livelihood options to increase productivity of existing farm based livelihood practices by building capacity of farmers and fishermen, by bringing convergence in activities of line departments
  • Ramky Foundation has appointed a 5 member team who work closely with the DPU/PMU teams, in terms of the activities to be undertaken and the scope of achieving project tasks.

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Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project

Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project

Ramky Foundation provides consulting services as the Nodal Support Organization for WUA Sustainability Monitoring in the prestigious Andhra Pradesh Community based Tank Management project. As a Nodal Support Organization, it works in Krishna District to enable institutional sustainability of all WUAs through increased collection of water tax, corpus fund and WUA monitoring & management. Ramky Foundation is committed to enhance WUAs capacity towards maintaining sustainable tank management system and fosters participatory approach towards O&M of tanks and water management. It understands the training needs of WUAs, thereby facilitating efficient learning outcomes.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • To increase availability and efficient usage of water for enhancing crop productivity
  • To facilitate improved tank based livelihood support through integration and adoption of agriculture and allied activities
  • To increase cooperation among various stakeholders in the Tank management value chain thereby building a partnership approach
  • We adopt an institution building approach to enhance the existing capacity of the WUAs through a value-laden professional approach. Ramky Foundation conducts objective assessment of WUAs through field visits thereby proposing appropriate interventions based on desired objectives of the project. SWOT analysis of each WUA and focused interventions are conducted to strategize and capitalize on the strengths of WUAs for their sustainability. We facilitate WUAs in conducting crop water budgeting workshops and promote efficient water use methods. Ramky Foundation acts as knowledge partner with specific focus on agribusiness planning and implementation.

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Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agriculture Development Programme

Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agriculture
Development Programme

Water Conservation Department, Government of Maharashtra is implementing a Pilot project “Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agricultural Development Programme (RGPIADP)” funded through RKVY. This programme is proposed to implement on existing Minor irrigation schemes constructed by Minor irrigation (Local Sector). 19 schemes of 25 have been given to Ramky Foundation in 3 circles of Maharashtra namely Nagpur, Amravati and Aurangabad.

Ramky Foundation has partnered with a local NGO Apeksha Homeo Society in implementing this project. The project implementation started in October 2012. The duration of the project is for 18 months i.e., from September 2012 to Feb 2014.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • To increase the irrigated area
  • To completely utilize available water
  • To increase the cropping intensity
  • Repair of Headwork and Distribution system
  • Formation and registration of Water Users Association
  • Handing over schemes for operations and maintenance (for an initial period of five years)
  • Capacity Building of WUA as well as beneficiaries

Impact of the Project:

  • Increase in Irrigated area
  • Increased area under indirect irrigation
  • Increase in Agricultural produce, thereby increase in income
  • Improved Living standard of beneficiaries

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Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)

Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)

Ramky Foundation acts as an Implementation Agency for the Project. The project is funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The project envisages enabling rural poor to overcome poverty by developing sustainable means, so as to increase their socio economic status. In order to achieve the goal, the target group from the same socio-economic status form groups like JLGs, SHGs, VDCs.These groups are encouraged to undertake micro enterprises activities (on and off farm), SSI, SMEs that are linked to the market. The overall goal of the Programme is to contribute to the development of resilient production, sustainable and diversified households, on-farm and off-farm livelihoods, allowing households to face production and market risks without falling back into poverty and distress.

Project Goals & Objectives:

  • Improve household incomes from diversified farming and off-farm activities
  • Render farming systems resilient with the introduction of organic and low-input contract farming
  • Facilitate the involvement of farmer groups in primary processing, quality enhancement and marketing
  • Empower women through micro-finance and micro-enterprises and
  • Achieve convergence of government programmes and resources

Project Components:

  • Institutional Capacity Building & Partnerships
  • Market linkages & Sustainable Agriculture and
  • Programme Management