Rural Development Trust

Project Brief: RDT runs a school for the children of migrant Andhra workers in Tamil Nadu.
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: children of migrant workers (description)

Secondary Focus: children from slums

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Madan Appiah
Project Partner(s): T. K. Elumalai
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Periya paalayathu amman Kovil street,Old mamallapuram road, Thandalam village,Thirupporur,
TAMIL NADU  603110
Tel: 011-91-9442531003
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Feb 2024SeattleUSD 1293
Jun 2023SeattleUSD 35210
Sep 2022SeattleUSD 36533
Oct 2021SeattleUSD 42189
Jun 2021SeattleUSD 5144
May 2020SeattleUSD 34579
Apr 2020SeattleUSD 2623
Nov 2019SeattleUSD 3918
Nov 2019SeattleUSD 15203
Jun 2019SeattleUSD 22080
Nov 2018SeattleUSD 15422
Nov 2017SeattleUSD 42795
Sep 2017SeattleUSD 40054
Nov 2016SeattleUSD 11374
Apr 2016SeattleUSD 23021
Mar 2015SeattleUSD 24389
Mar 2014SeattleUSD 24024
Aug 2013SeattleUSD 21804
Dec 2012SeattleUSD 25275
Jul 2012SeattleUSD 25150
Nov 2011SeattleUSD 25600
Aug 2011SeattleUSD 30800
Feb 2011SeattleUSD 27850
Feb 2011SeattleUSD 0
Oct 2010SeattleUSD 28200
Mar 2010SeattleUSD 27400
Oct 2009SeattleUSD 27185
Dec 2008SeattleUSD 25001
Jul 2008SeattleUSD 29085
Apr 2008SeattleUSD 16300
Feb 2008SeattleUSD 15000
Sep 2007SeattleUSD 30600
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 7400

Total = $742501

This migrant children school project started with Asha Seattle's support in June 2005. Thousands of migrant Andhra workers from rural areas are currently living in the IT corridor area in Chennai,Tamil Nadu. Many of these workers were engaged in traditional vocations in their native villages. The non-viability of traditional vocations such and farming and fishing has drove them to work in the booming construction industry of the IT corridor.The government schools of Tamil Nadu will not accept these children into their schools as they cannot speak Tamil.

Asha Seattle currently supports salaries of 23 staff which incldues 13 telugu teachers, 3 tamil teachers , 1 oriya teacher, 2 program coordinator and 3 cooks. They provide afternoon meals , learning materials and uniforms for very needy children. They ensure that the children are getting the proper health care facilities from the government primary health care centers. Health camps are organized on a regular basis as well.

Overall they take care of the needs of the migrant community in the area. They have helped bonded laborer and taken care of children who have undergone sexual abuse.

Over the last 2 years RDT has been lobbying with local education officers and government schools to get support to run the school. In 2007 they were able to get local support which included land and building space to run all the schools. In 2008 they received support from the government through the Integrated Child Development Scheme for running the Anganawadis. The government has also promised them a grant to run the migrant schools in 2009.

SSA government official visit the schools regularly to evaluate the schools.
*The school aims to wean children away from construction labor jobs and juvenile delinquency by providing them with formal education opportunities. To this end, it serves as a bridge school, enabling children to study through classes 1-8. Schools are currently being run in eight villages where there is a large migrant population.

*RDT aims to continuously educate the migrant community on their rights

*Promote child rights and prevent sexual abuse of the migrant population

*Work with primary health care centres to provide proper health care facilities to the migrant population.
Rural development Trust ( RDT) was constituted on 10.01.1992 as a public charitable Trust with office at No 38, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Thiruporur, Kanchipuram Dist., Tamilnadu 603110. The Trust deed named three trustees to manage the affairs of the trust. The Trust was registered on 10.02.1992 in the office of the Joint Sub Registrar, Adyar, with registration number 130/ 1992.

In the past, RDT has worked for the emancipation of women, dalits and Irular tribes. The group is currently running a school for the children of migrant Andhra workers in Tamil Nadu. For more information about RDT and its activities, please consult the documents on this webpage.
Dec 2023 OneTime Funding 2023 Proposal
May 2023 2022-2023 Project Report
May 2023 2023-2024 Project Proposal
May 2023 2023-2024 Project Budget
May 2023 Virtual Site Visit Video
May 2023 Project Metrics 2023
May 2023 2023 Site Visit Report
Aug 2022 2022 Project Review Presentation
Aug 2022 2022 Budget Document
Aug 2022 2021-2022 Project Report
Aug 2022 2022-2023 Project Proposal
Oct 2021 Annual Update 2021
Oct 2021 Annual Budget 2021
Oct 2021 Annual Plan 2021
Oct 2021 Site Visit Report 2021
Jun 2021 Covid Wave 2 Relief Budget - PDF
May 2021 Covid Wave 2 Relief Budget
May 2020 Annual Update 2020
May 2020 Annual Report 2020
Apr 2020 Budget for 2020
Apr 2020 RDT Covid19 Relief
Nov 2019 One Time Fund Request 2019
Sep 2019 Annual Update 2019
Sep 2019 Budget April 2019 to March 2020
Sep 2019 Audit Report 2019
Sep 2019 Tax Return 2019
Jul 2019 Site Report July 2019 - PDF
Nov 2018 Annual Update 2018
Nov 2018 Budget Nov 2018 to Oct 2019
Sep 2018 Audit Report 2018
Dec 2017 Site Visit Dec 2017
Nov 2017 Budget Nov 17 - Oct 18
Nov 2017 Annual Presentation and Progress Report
Jul 2017 One Time Funding Request for School Construction
Nov 2016 RDT Annual Update 2016
Nov 2016 RDT Budget Proposal 2016-2017
Nov 2016 RDT Site Visit 2016
Oct 2016 RDT Site Visit Oct 2013
Jan 2016 RDT Annual Update 2014
Oct 2014 Budget2014-2015
Aug 2014 RDT Activity report August 2014
Aug 2013 Puthupakkam School Inauguration
Jul 2013 RDT Summary for 2013
Jul 2013 Budget Document 2013- 2014
Jan 2013 Seminar for Child development
Dec 2012 RDT Report Sep - Dec 2012
May 2012 Proposal 2012-2013
Apr 2012 Computer donation
Mar 2012 Issues of Women Migrant Labourers
Feb 2012 June 2011-March 2012 Activities
Feb 2012 Action Plan 2012- 2013
Dec 2011 Fair Action Plan 2012-2013
Dec 2011 Site Visit 2012
Dec 2011 FCRA
Dec 2011 Fact Report -Human Rights Violation
Dec 2011 Medical Camp December 2011
Nov 2011 Educational Tour
Feb 2011 ICDS Scheme
Dec 2010 Migrant Labor in Greater Chennai
Oct 2010 Annual Project Update 2010
Sep 2010 Medical Camp
Sep 2009 Annual Update 2009
Aug 2009 Demonstarion Against Sexual Abuse
Jun 2009 RDT_Student_Enrollment_Details_ 09-10
Feb 2009 RDT_Progress_Report_Oct08toFeb09
Sep 2008 RDT_ProgressReport_June08toSept08
Dec 2007 RDT_ProgressReport_June08toSept08
Sep 2007 First Progress Report 07-08
Jul 2007 RDT in the tamil newspaper
Jun 2007 Project Proposal
Apr 2007 Site Vist on April 10th 2007
Apr 2007 Progress Report - Dec 2006 to Mar 2007
Mar 2007 Indian Express News about RDT Dental Camp
Mar 2007 Report of the free Dental Camp
Dec 2006 RDT First Quarterly Report 07-08
Dec 2006 Progress Report - Aug.2006 to Nov.2006
Dec 2006 Site Visit by Ravi Aluganti
Jul 2006 Report of the teacher training
Jul 2006 Report of teacher training
Jul 2006 Annual Progress Report 2005-2006
Jun 2006 Revised Approved Budget 2006-2007
May 2006 List of schools village-wise and upto which class detail
May 2006 Some Questions with the Answers from the Co-ordinator
Feb 2006 RDT project in the news
Jan 2006 Project Report - Aug.2006 to Nov.2006
Jan 2006 RDT survey Jan2006
Jan 2006 Break up of the students in school year 2005-2006
Jun 2005 Start of School
May 2005 Revised Budget May 05
Apr 2005 Project Proposal and Initial Budget
Mar 2005 RDT Background and Activity
Feb 2005 Background Info