GENESIS

CORD traces its beginning in Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda's gratitude
towards the Himalayan people, especially women.

The people of the Himalayas, especially women, have selflessly served the wandering sadhus. This will be our repayment of ṛṣiṛiṅ (debt) to them. I want to serve them.

GURUDEV SWAMI CHINAMAYANANDA

In the spirit of universal brotherhood and selfless Sevā (service) as imparted in Vedānta, CORD’s foundation was laid in 1985 in Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh as Chinmaya Rural Primary Health Care and Training Centre (CRPHC&TC) with a focus on primary, maternal and child healthcare. “Soon enough a well-rounded community-driven and multi-pronged Program based on communities’ needs emerged. It paved the way forward for CORD’s theory of change for harnessing the potential of people to transform rural India,” says Dr. Kshama Metre, National Director of CORD, who has been involved with the Program since its inception.

In 2003, Guruji Swami Tejomayananda made CRPHC&TC a national trust called CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development). Guruji expounds the spirit of the program,

"CORD is a bond of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver."

THE CORD JOURNEY

Programs

CORD is a pioneer in rural development in India. It involves rural communities – irrespective of their caste, creed and religion – in developmental activities through CORD-nurtured grassroots Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), elected representatives of the Panchayats, various government and other agencies, and interested stakeholders. Some of these CBOs are as follows:

MAHILA MANDALS
(Women’s Groups)
FARMERS CLUB
(Men’s Groups)
YOUTH AND ADOLESCENT
(Girl’s Groups)
BALVIHARS
(Children’s Groups)

HOW IS CORD DIFFERENT?

CORD’s programs in rural development cater to empowering and making communities self-reliant. The uniqueness of the model rests on making the rural communities equal partners in their development, rather than just facilitating developmental projects.

It creates Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) nurtured in each village ward to encourage them to participate at the Gram Panchayat level, a unit of local self-governance.

Further, to ensure the success of its model, CORD puts women at the center stage, and all its programs are facilitated through the Mahila Mandals or Women’s Groups.

CORD IMPACT

CORD offers opportunities for you to learn and grow. You may provide your expertise to the rural community in India through the following programs.

CHINMAYA VIJAYA: AN ORPHANAGE FOR GIRLS

Chinmaya Vijaya is an integral unique program of CORD in India. Chinmaya Vijaya is a girls’ orphanage at Kaza near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

The idea for the orphanage germinated after the tsunami of December 2004. It began in a small building with three girls taken in by the founders Dr. Sumathi Mukkamala and Dr. AppaRao Mukkamala.

Later, built on a sprawling five acres of land donated by Sri Lingamaneni Bhaskara’s family, the orphanage became fully functional in early 2007 under the auspices of CORD.

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