BIRDS Referenced in “The Economist”

Andhra Pradesh water budget

Hydrological budgeting in Andhra Pradesh

Many of you may have already read this article; however the following article published last year in the economist does an excellent job at describing some of the initiatives that BIRDS is involved in. The APFAMGS project is seeing many successes with farmers as well as the local governments and international aid organizations. If you are interested in learning more about BIRDS ground water initiatives please click here for the full article.


BIRDS In Need Of School Building

BIRDS is currently trying to raise money to build a desperately needed school, both for the children who live at the BIRDS boarding home as well as children living in the nearby villages. The school will provide classes in all subjects in both English and Telugu, the local language.

The government-funded school in the village is currently in danger of losing its teachers. The local church cannot promise financial help or qualified teachers, either.

Education is one of the surest ways to lift children out of the cycle of poverty and into a chance for a better life. The need is deep, and the cost is around $80,000. To contribute to the school fund or to help fund a teacher’s salary at the school, please email

Tenth Class Children Finish Final Exams

The tenth class children just recently finished their final examinations. This is an important season in their lives as how they do on these exams will dictate what college and employment opportunities will be made available to them. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this exciting season of their lives.

Graduates from BIRDS tenth grade class

Reverend Paul Interviewed by Catholic Sentinel

V. Paul Raja Rao - Executive Director BIRDS India

Reverend V. Paul Raja Rao was recently interviewed, during his time in the states, about the health crisis surrounding prostitution in India. To view the full article please click here.

Volunteers Needed

BIRDS International is looking for people interested in joining our team. We are looking for people passionate about providing support to those affected by hunger, poverty, and social injustice. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at

Sponsored Child Gets Full Ride

E. Pamuleti supported by a BIRDS International sponsor, was one of the first sponsored children to completed high school and received first rank marks on his final exams. Even more exciting was the news that he was chosen by the government from thousands of children to be offered a full ride scholarship at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). This is considered both a prestigious college and prestigious seat, it is both difficult and costly to be admitted to this school. This is encouraging both to us at BIRDS International and to our sponsors as it demonstrates that even small donations, $15 per month, can significantly impact the life of a child and provide a quality education.

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