The Rural Development Foundation (RDF) is a nonprofit organization that began as a family initiative. As far back as 1991, members of the Errabelli family discussed the idea of wanting to give something back to their village of Kalleda. They felt a need to repay their debt to the land that had provided their family with wealth over several generations.
Members of the Errabelli family recognized that their successes in life were largely due to their access to quality education. Thus in 1996, they inaugurated the first RDF school in the estate building that had once housed the family. At its inception, RDF was an organization involved in not only educating the children of the village, but also improving infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Gradually, RDF became more and more focused on changing society through education, although family members still remain very involved in other aspects of developing the area.
Since 1996, RDF has narrowed its focus to schools providing quality education and producing socially conscious leaders. It has also expanded to include other areas of Andhra Pradesh. There are now five RDF schools and one junior college spread over three different districts. RDF will not expand to any more schools until all six of its current institutions are operating sustainably at a high level of excellence. Another focus of RDF is to now move away from a family organization and instead focus on becoming a sustainable business-like non profit organization. This transition has included new branding, staff, and strategic vision.
Timeline of RDF’s major milestones: