This year has been challenging. We’ve almost made it, but not without a lot of scars. The arrival of the vaccine brought hope. Economists hoping to see a pre-covid level only after two quarters. Though the reality is still not very pleasant, life is getting closer to normal. In this extraordinary year, at REEDS, we have a lot to be thankful for.
Gramodaya Chamber of Commerce and Technology, a not-for-profit social enterprise presented us with ‘Gramodaya Bandhu Mitra Puraskar’ Award, instituted to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in recognition of the outstanding initiatives in rural development. Award corecipients includes Sivakumar Surampudi, Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses of ITC Ltd; Sonu Sood, Actor and humanitarian; Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Govinda Rajulu Chintala, Chairman of the NABARD; and Praveen Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Professor Jaishankar Telangana State Agricultural University. Though it was given in my personal name, I consider the Award as recognition to the outstanding work of TEAM REEDS.
Delivering expertise in time is in itself an art. REEDS proven abilities made it as one of the foremost NGOs in the country in this area. Thanks to our dedicated Field Teams always ready to adapt and respond to the needs of the time, we are able to continue our monitoring activities unhindered even during the pandemic and lockdowns. We have carried National Level Monitoring of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India programs aimed at enhancing rural lives in 6 Districts of Tamil Nadu during October and November 2020.
We have carried verification of 11,000 + Open Defecation Free (ODF) declared villages spread across 6 states in the country - probably highest numbers by any single agency in the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), biggest ever cleanliness drive in the world and one of the country’s critical developmental mission – Clean India. We feel happy and privileged for getting an opportunity to take part in Phase-II of the SBM (and consequently in realization of SDG 6.2 - Clean Water and Sanitation for all) too that have been rolled out with a massive outlay of Rs. 1,40,881 crores with focus on the sustainability of ODF status and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM). REEDS has been selected as one of the Consultant by Government of Andhra Pradesh through an e-procurement process with preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for about 350 villages intended to promote innovative replicable self-sustainable SLWM models to improve the levels of cleanliness in rural areas and to create visually clean ODF + villages.

We're grateful for all those who have helped us enabling to rise to the challenge in this unprecedented year and as we continue to deliver our mandate in 2021. Slowly but surely the pandemic will fade, so let’s welcome 2021 warmly. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.

Dr. Ravi K Reddy
Hyderabad
December 27, 2020
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