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close this book Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995)
close this folder Section 1 BCT and its activities
View the document 1.1 An idea tested
View the document 1.2 Setting an example to emulate - salt making and fish farming
View the document 1.3 Cooperative sugar factory - a non starter
View the document 1.4 Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) born
View the document 1.5 Reaching people through their own organisation
View the document 1.6 BCT Activities: Community Organisation

1.4 Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) born


Money, or lack of it, was a big problem and the search lead to a German organisation called EZE (Central Protestant Agency for Development Assistance) which asked him to form a trust. The seed money came from Dr Rao’s father who said "I know nothing of what you are talking. But I have trust in you. Take the money and name the Trust after the family." Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) was registered in November 1976.

Its main function, as perceived then, was that of funding conduit for rural development drawing upon the resources of the government, the banks and as well as other funding organisations. Other functions envisaged were to attract highly qualified and highly placed individuals into development of villages, to generate and coordinate local efforts towards achieving common purposes in a concerted manner, to facilitate villagers’ access to credit, appropriate technologies and expertise and to render account to donors.

First two years were spent in rehabilitation work: 150 acres of salt tracts in Marripalem were retrieved under the auspices of BCT and used to rehabilitate 85 families; through a donation of 1000 MT of rice from CARE and transportation support from OXFAM, BCT was able to provide for approximately over 8 lakh man days of work involved in reclamation of sand-cast lands; with incentive deposits of Rs 2.5 lakhs from OXFAM, Canara bank was induced to give loans worth Rs 8 lakhs to more than 2000 small farmers, artisans and women and thus brought banking services into the area for the first time.