Byrraju Foundation was set up in July 2001 in the memory of the Late Byrraju Satyanarayana Raju, the founder of the Satyam group of companies. He was a philanthropist who believed in the development of villages and worked towards upliftment of rural lives.
The seeks to build progressive self-reliant rural communities, with a holistic approach, by providing services in the areas of health care, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy and skills development.
The Foundation currently works in 180 villages in 6 districts of Andhra Pradesh- East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Ranga Reddy and Visakhapatnam- positively transforming the lives of nearly a million people
Ramalinga Raju, former Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
Suryanarayana Raju, B, Director of Maytas Constructions
Rama Raju, B, Managing Director, Satyam Computer Services Limited
Byrraju Foundation was set up in July 2001 in memory of Late Byrraju Satyanarayana Raju, the founder of the Satyam group of companies. He was a philanthropist who believed in development of villages and did all he could to see the quality of rural lives transformed.
The Foundation seeks to build progressive self-reliant rural communities – adopting a holistic approach – by providing services in healthcare, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy and skills development. The Foundation currently works in 200 villages in 6 districts of Andhra Pradesh – East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Ranga Reddy and Visakhapatnam – positively transforming the lives of nearly 3 million people.
The Transformation Cycle
The Foundation follows a scientific process while adopting a village to implement its services. Steps are taken to involve the community so that objectives and goals are synchronised with ground realities.
Identify needs – To identify the needs of the village, the Foundation conducts a preliminary profiling of the village covering the following aspects:
» Demographic, social & economic profile of households.
» Basic amenities already available in the village.
» Availability of and access to welfare institutions.
» Resource base and utilisation.
» Employment status of residents.
» Existence of village-based organisations.
» Village ‘Visioning’ exercises.
These assessments reveal urgent needs that the Foundation seeks to address.
Design solutions – With the needs of the community in mind, the Foundation creates a platform for delivery of services using available best practices identified as the most appropriate for the village in question.
Test & Validate – With the inputs obtained from the profiling exercise and designing of appropriate solutions, the processes are tested and validated in consultation with domain experts. Once validated, the solutions are cleared for implementation.
Vision for self-reliance – Stakeholders from every village are selected keeping in mind their ability to contribute to the visioning process. Key attributes expected of the stakeholders are: general awareness, broad perspective, effective communication skills, domain expertise and general acceptability among the villagers. The group should be heterogeneous, comprising youth, village elders and women; and, wherever possible, elected members of the local panchayat.
Capacity Building – The Foundation enhances the inherent capacity of the community by training people and providing opportunities for skill development and thereby nurturing community leadership.
Community Leadership – Community Leadership is encouraged by strengthening the skills of people who participate in the Foundation’s effort of shaping the community’s future through team building, facilitating change and building consensus on the village vision.
Franchising – The Foundation believes that franchising is a way to leverage expertise and effectively use the resources of the community. Franchisees are selected applying pre-determined criteria, which seek to determine the commitment, credibility and willingness of the franchisee to accept the Foundation’s approach.
Replication – The Foundation’s programmes are field-tested before deploying resources and people. Once tested, the programme will be replicated. As a result, communities do not have to wait for a development programme to mature.
Centre for Rural Transformation (CRT)
Preparing India’s rural communities for knowledge economy is the primary challenge before the Foundation. It takes on board a number of domain experts to address this challenge. The Centre for Rural Transformation (CRT) is the nerve centre from where these experts operate. It provides conducive environment for creative thinking, encouraging the experts to contribute their intellectual wealth and develop innovative solutions that positively influence rural life. The CRT provides:
Solution Design Centre – This is an info-structure where conceptual models and prototype solutions are designed by a team of experts for a wide range of issues concerning rural transformation.
Mission Control Centre (MCC) – The MCC is equipped with electronic infrastructure that enables our affiliates to communicate and track the performance of development processes on the ground as they occur, which in turn facilitates proactive and real-time leadership through identified and set measures.
Centre for Community Learning and Leadership – These centres emphasise capacity building for transformation through training and investing in the development of a set of process leaders within the villages as well as at the Foundation.
At our state-of-the-art learning centres at Hyderabad and Bhimavaram training courses are offered to educate the community on the significance of the Foundation’s five major initiatives:
» Healthcare – Ushering in a better quality of life.
» Education – A vital learning experience.
» Environment & Sanitation – Keeping villages Clean and Green.
» Livelihoods – Developing skills and abilities.
» Virtual Delivery of Services.
As a Byrraju Foundation “Change Agent”, as our Volunteers are called, you have a wide range of options to contribute to improving the quality of rural life. You will be able to choose opportunities that match your skill sets, the time you can spare and the place you would like to be. Our process for “Change Agent” services ensures your teaming with a very select group of people deeply committed to rural transformation.
The Foundation builds alliances with Governments, NGOs, Corporate houses, and other organisations to broaden the scope of its activities, add value to existing programs in terms of resources, time, and delivery of quality services to our beneficiaries-synergising efforts to the maximum extent.