Vicente (1920-2009) and Anna Ferrer (1947) founded Rural Development Trust, better known as RDT, in 1969, establishing its headquarters in Anantapur, in the Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh. It is a non-governmental organization registered under the Indian Registration Act of 1908.
Since then, RDT-Vicente Ferrer India has implemented welfare and comprehensive development programs for marginalized and underprivileged communities, namely Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Backward Castes (BC), and people with disabilities, in 3.200 villages from 88 Revenue Mandals: 63 in Anantapur District, 11 in Kurnool, 7 in Mahaboobnagar, and 7 in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. Of these villages, 208 are inhabited by the Chenchu Tribes of the Nallamala Forest, which stretches across Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar, and Prakasam Districts of Andhra Pradesh. These tribes were recently incorporated into RDT's programs. The area covered by RDT is divided into 7 regions: Bukkarayasaumdram (BKS), Bathalapalli, Kadiri, Srisailam, Uravakonda, Kalyandurg, and Madakasira.
The organization's programs address major issues such as Education, Women's Rights and Progress, Community Healthcare, HIV/AIDS, Hospitals, Community Habitat, Community-Based Rehabilitation, and Ecology. Sports and cultural programs are also organized as RDT believes that sports and cultural events are essential to the growth, self-esteem, and confidence of rural children.
Its 2.400 full time staff members consist of senior and middle-level managers, professional and technical cadre staff, and grassroots and support-level workers with experience and training in their respective fields. There are also 1.834 volunteers, including community health workers (CHWs) and community-based teachers (CBTs), who are trained by the organization for their respective roles.
Vicente Ferrer passed away in June 2009. Anna Ferrer is President of RDT-Vicente Ferrer Spain and Executive Director of RDT-Vicente Ferrer India, her son, Moncho, the Program Director in India, and Jordi Folgado, the organization's Executive Director for Spain and the US. A management team guides the organization's direction and strategy, and ensures the programs are implemented in accordance with RDT-Vicente Ferrer's guiding principles