The Pragathi Rural Development Center (PRDC) has been developed in Burgula as a hub to facilitate development in more than 500 neighboring villages, about 100 km away from the city of Hyderabad. This beautiful lush-green facility houses meeting rooms and a large Conference-cum-Training Hall. The guest-house will accommodate the summer internship trainees from the US and India, and also the trainers.
At the outset, this modern, environment-friendly center has sent a strong message to neighboring rural communities about rainwater harvesting systems, use of LED lights, and mud bricks. The bricks are cheaper, stronger, and avoid the need for air-conditioning. Future plans include installation of solar panels and the development of a Computer-Training-cum-Telecounselling center. The telecounselling center will be a game-changer, impacting education, access to healthcare, and livelihoods.
A very well structured 90-day training program in stitching has attracted women in large numbers from nearby villages so far in this center. Plans are on to add training programs in other crafts and skills gradually. This should gradually transform the employment landscape in the area.
Experts from all over the globe regularly address the villagers to increase awareness, from PRDC. Villagers are imparted practical tools for rural development in the areas of education, preventive health care, livelihoods generation, financial literacy, women empowerment, etc. Medical camps are being conducted often. We encourage our other nonprofit organization partners to use the center as a base for penetrating the difficult-to-access areas.
A huge impact has been made by developing PRDC to create a level playing field in rural areas. More than 250 neighboring villages and 55,000 women have been directly impacted thus far. Awards are given out annually to improve education in neighboring 100 villages. More than 10,00,000 sanitary pads have been distributed out of the center and knowledge of menstrual hygiene provided. With careful planning, availability of funds and resources, from Pragathi Rural Development Center, we intend to reach out to millions to provide support and education about best practices to alleviate poverty in the region.