Dwaraknath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge
11 year old Mahalakshmi impacts her community
Fifth Grade students of DRIK Patashala in Chittoor were taught a theme based on
"The Ants and The Bees."
The relevance of this chosen topic was to communicate through the behavior of this insect kingdom, the values and virtues of being united, disciplined, persevering and committed to the future of their own communities.
Little Mahalakshmi was in awe of what was taught to her. Looking at herself through
the eyes of the queen bee she took on the leadership to sort out squabbles of the women in her community who stood by the drinking water tanker with pots in their hands nudging and muscling each other to get their share before another in line.
She explained to them that if they followed the ants behavior there would be no squabbles amongst themselves and there would be enough water for all. The women appreciated and respected little Mahalakshmi, and interestingly obeyed her too!
If not now, then when?
If not us, then who?
"Four decades of work in the slums of Bangalore, and villages of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu in India has been an affirmation to me that when our children, youth and women from these communities are encouraged to participate, think, debate, discern and speak for change, their fetters of silence are unshackled against exploitation and poverty. Communities get liberated and society is transformed.
Each child can make a difference. And so can we. Join us in the DRIK-DWARAKA Movement."
- Anita Reddy, Managing Trustee
Action And Impact
DRIK programs are breaking the norms of formal classroom teaching with an inclusive, innovative and integrated rights based learning.
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
“Climb the mountain as high as you can.”
Initiatives and Networks
Voices and Faces of the Change Makers
“ A child can teach an adult three things:
To be happy for no reason,
To always be curious,
To fight tirelessly for something.”
DRIK FIGHTS RELENTLESSLY FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR CHILDREN .
SEE THEM HERE. HEAR THEM SPEAK. LISTEN TO LEARN.
THIS QUARTER IN ACTION
This year began with the lot of hope as our own students of the various DRIK initiatives took the responsibility to run the “SankranthI”- Harvest festival summer camps for children from different communities and Government schools in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kudos to the DRIK Patashala students who have been responsible and encouraging younger children.
This has been an extremely challenging month as the world grappled with the Corona Virus pandemic and India struggled under lockdown conditions where thousands and thousands of daily wage earners survived with fear and hunger. The youth of DRIK Foundation proved their exemplary leadership and rose to the occasion as we coordinated providing thousands of people provisions for a period of 12 to 14 days. Salutes to the DRIK youth.