Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development
A majority of India lives in its villages, yet, unfortunately a large number of villagers are cut off from the mainstream of development. The vastness and richness of India's diversity demands relevant, sustainable local solutions from its untapped & dormant resources, both human and others to mitigate people's problems and sufferings.
Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development's (CORD) vision is to harness human resources and enable the poor to transform their lives through programmes driven by themselves. It will thus facilitate integrated and sustainable development of the poor with their active participation, resulting in their overall development and empowerment. Multiple complex issues affecting their lives such as social, economic, political, environmental, educational and health related issues will be addressed comprehensively.
This social initiative in Rural Development has been going on since 1985 in Sidhbari where we have covered over 400 villages involving 40,000 people directly. To replicate the successful work CORD-(Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development) was constituted in December 2003 by H.H.Swami Tejomayanandaji, the present Head of the Chinmaya Mission to start similar rural development projects in other parts of India.
The Mission is now poised for a fuller realization of its objectives in the rural sector mainly in areas of Women and Girl Empowerment, Children, Primary Health Care Services and Income Generation Activities.
Chinmaya Mission Centres in certain areas like Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa have achieved laudable milestones in people-centered rural services ! However, these efforts need to be given greater impetus and focus along with expansion of such programmes in other areas.
To facilitate participatory and integrated sustainable development of the poor.
To harness human resources and enable the poor to transform their lives through programmes driven by themselves.
Programmes and Activities taken up by CORD funded Projects
Programmes and activities of CORD have emerged through dynamic and vibrant interactions with the villagers. Organizing them and building their capacities to find relevant local solutions to their problems is the strength of CORD.