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Rural Development Welfare Society (RDWS)

RDWS is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in the lives of people. Since its inception, RDWS has focused on the welfare and development of the weaker and deprived sections of society. What began as a small organization in a rural hamlet has now expanded to operate in three states across India, supported by a well-trained field force.

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RDWS empowers rural communities by providing comprehensive training programs and addressing their critical needs. Our dedicated team initially spent months building trust and familiarity, conducting motivation camps, and holding regular village-level meetings to address the challenges faced by our target groups.


A transformed Society in which the people have access and control over the resources and decision making process to ensure social justice, equal opportunity and equitable sharing of resources for lasting changes in their quality of life.

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Meet Ms. Ooha Mahanthi,
the Visionary Project Director of RDWS

Ms. Ooha Mahanthi, the remarkable Project Director of our organization, stands as a pillar of dedication and excellence in the voluntary sector. With a law degree and over eight years of transformative experience, she has left an indelible mark on countless lives.

Ms. Mahanthi's extensive training encompasses a wide range of critical areas:

  • Education

  • Health

  • Community Organization and Development (COD)

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)

  • Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA)

  • Micro Credit

  • Watershed Management

  • Computer Proficiency


Distinguished Achievements:
Ms. Ooha Mahanthi's unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of the underprivileged, especially tribal women and girls in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of South Odisha, has garnered her multiple prestigious accolades. Among these, she has been honored with the esteemed ‘International Wonder Book of Records Award’. This recognition, presented by His Excellency, Shri Dr. Kamabhampati Hari Babu, Governor of Mizoram, celebrates her outstanding contributions to social welfare and empowerment initiatives. Her dedication continues to inspire and uplift communities, making a profound difference in their lives.


Active Engagement: 

Ms. Mahanthi is a prominent figure in development issues, participating in numerous seminars and conferences on Human Resource Development and other critical topics. Her engagement goes beyond mere participation, as she actively contributes to discussions and initiatives that drive positive change.

Energetic Leadership:

Young, vibrant, and service-oriented, Ms. Mahanthi has worked with numerous organizations across the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. Her extensive collaborations have spanned both national and international boundaries, always aiming to bring about sustainable development and empowerment. 

Ms. Ooha Mahanthi’s visionary leadership and profound expertise are the driving forces behind RDWS, guiding our mission to uplift and empower rural and tribal communities towards a future filled with hope and opportunity.


Campaign to End Child Marriages
Targeting Tribal Villages:

Our campaign focuses on ending child marriages in tribal villages. Through education and community engagement, we strive to protect young girls from this harmful practice and ensure they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking: 

In tribal villages we conduct awareness programs on human trafficking in tribal villages to protect vulnerable populations. By educating communities, we aim to prevent trafficking and support victims in rebuilding their lives.

Empowerment Through Vocational Training - Supporting Unemployed Women and Girls: 

Our vocational training programs empower unemployed women and girls by providing them with the skills needed for self-reliance. Through these programs, participants gain practical knowledge and the confidence to pursue sustainable livelihoods.

Transforming Lives Through Quality Education- Providing School Bags and Materials: 

We are committed to ensuring quality education for children by supplying school bags filled with essential learning materials. This initiative helps children stay motivated and equipped for their educational journey, paving the way for a brighter future.

Awareness on Menstrual Health and Hygiene- Empowering Women and Girls:

Our project addresses the critical issue of menstrual health and hygiene among tribal women and adolescent girls. By distributing sanitary napkins and providing health education, we aim to break taboos, improve health, and enhance the dignity of women and girls in rural areas.

Defending the Rights of Every Child - Awareness and Advocacy Programs: 

We advocate for the rights of children through awareness and advocacy programs. By educating communities about children's rights, we aim to create a safer and more supportive environment for every child to thrive.

Housing Program for the Shelterless- Providing Safe Homes: 

Our housing program aims to provide safe and secure homes for the shelterless. By addressing the basic need for shelter, we help improve the quality of life and stability for vulnerable families.

COVID-19 Relief Efforts: 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we distributed food, grocery items, and face masks to adivasi families in India. Our relief efforts aimed to ensure that these communities had access to essential supplies during this challenging time.

Empowerment Through Vocational Training - Supporting Unemployed Women and Girls: 

Our vocational training programs empower unemployed women and girls by providing them with the skills needed for self-reliance. Through these programs, participants gain practical knowledge and the confidence to pursue sustainable livelihoods.

Project on HIV/AIDS Awareness-Educating the Youth: 

Our HIV/AIDS awareness project targets youth, providing them with crucial information about prevention and treatment. Through education and open dialogue, we aim to reduce stigma and promote healthier lifestyles.

Save the Child Foundation X RDWS on
Menstrual Hygiene Day,2024

We are proud to share the impactful collaboration between Save the Child Foundation India and the Rural Development Welfare Society (RDWS) on the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, 2024.

On this significant day, we distributed 600 Pari Pads to 600 girls and women in Visakhapatnam, India. This initiative was led by Ms. Ooha Mahanthi, Project Director of RDWS, whose dedication and leadership made this event a success.


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