Being part of a family

Thirupathi Rao is the leading nutritionist at the Olive Hospital, a well-equipped private hospital in Hyderabad. Thirupathi, who is 32, attended wortundtat’s education facilities in India for 15 years: from third term to Degree College. He tells us of his experiences.

I come from a very poor family. My father was a farmer, my mother a housewife. Both could neither read nor write. Hence, I grew up under very simple conditions. One day, we heard that there was this wortundtat school, which especially focussed on poor people. I was lucky to be admitted.

I learned so much when I was at school: how to communicate with other people. How to behave within a group. That one should show respect when dealing with others. I learned what humanity and mutual considerateness mean. I started to adopt a completely new attitude to life and today I am a very happy and content person. That was possible because the teachers treated us in the same way children are treated by their parents. It felt like being part of a large family. To this day, the staff at the schools is interested in what became of us.

For me personally, it is a matter of course that I return something of what I was given by the school and the teachers. I want people to benefit from their work. I would not be sitting here without wortundtat, but herding buffalos – as did my father. The same applies to my brother and my wife. Just like me, they attended wortundtat schools for many years.

I am particular grateful for one thing: when John David, who was in charge of many wortundtat projects in India, had to stay in hospital at Hyderabad because of serious health problems, I was able to look after him. I am so grateful that I have been given the chance to return something of the good and positive I experienced in my life, also in my capacity as a professional.