Education is at the heart of the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship’s (IREF) efforts across the globe. Education designed to reduce poverty. Education to provide alternatives and options previously unavailable to many children. And education to share God’s love.
From home schooling five children who were left homeless by a cyclone to educating more than 5,000 students across three campuses and nine Child Development Centers (CDCs), IREF now provides education and training from the primary to the college level, including post-graduate courses.
Our schools provide a biblically based education with real-world skills, designed to help our students learn, grow and find a lifelong career and vocation. We also teach English as a second language.
Further, our advanced education includes:
- A junior college;
- An industrial training center offering courses in electrical and mechanical engineering and associated subjects;
- The only evangelical degree-giving college in Andhra Pradesh, a state with more than 87 million people, offering first-degree and master’s level courses;
- A nursing institute offering a four-year degree program.
Launched in the early 1980s by IREF founder Prasada Rao and his wife Lydia, IREF’s schools continue to expand in size and offerings, serving a population that includes 30 percent of students who don’t have a mother or father, but who find a family and an education through IREF.