Nurturing the innate wisdom of rural India for self-enabled change

CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development) is dedicated to long-term, integrated development rooted in compassion and social justice. We strive to enhance rural communities for sustained growth through a comprehensive approach that fosters self-sufficiency and active community participation.

Our human-centered principles empower us to forge robust partnerships and collaborate closely with rural communities. By listening to and learning from these communities, we gain a deep understanding of their unique needs. This knowledge enables us to facilitate development initiatives that are naturally scalable and self-sustaining.

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We are dedicated to creating a brighter future for rural communities by tackling the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment. Through our efforts to build a more prosperous and equitable society, we aim to help rural India realize its full potential.

Realising rural change through our people-owned development model

Our model promotes comprehensive development by strengthening local governance through Panchayati Raj support. We empower members to realize their potential through four key principles called PISNA training (Participation, Integration, Sustainability, and Networking).

Participation Participation

Promoting active community participation and knowledge sharing for development

Integration Integration

Combining interventions from different sectors to foster collaboration

Sustainability Sustainability

Increasing leadership and community capacity for long-term impact

Networking Networking

Collaborating with various stakeholders for resource utilization and problem resolution

  • Participation
  • Integration
  • Sustainability
  • Networking

A women-led movement to deliver effective local governance

Our approach revolves around a women-led movement aimed at delivering effective local governance. We leverage local knowledge to drive change in remote rural areas, uniting villages through women-led Mahila Mandals at the Gram Panchayat level. Our initiatives address a range of critical issues, including poverty, health, education, social injustice, and more, and they consistently make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve.


Leading the way in social impact

Inspired for the change, by the change

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Together, we can create a brighter future for rural communities and a better world.

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Let’s collaborate for positive change

Reach out to us to learn more about our mission and how to contribute