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

At CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development), we are committed to sustainable and integrated development that centers on the values of compassion and social justice. We believe that enhancing rural communities is essential for sustainable development, and our comprehensive approach is designed to foster self-dependence and active participation in community-led initiatives.

Our beliefs are deeply rooted in our human-centric principles, helping us build strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with rural communities. By listening to, and learning from our communities, we can better understand their unique needs and work to facilitate development initiatives that are naturally scalable and self-supported. We recognize the richness and diversity of rural communities and enable individuals to take charge of their own destinies.

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By addressing the underlying causes of poverty and underdevelopment, we are creating a brighter future for rural communities. We are helping rural India realize its full potential as individuals and as a group, creating a more prosperous and equitable society for all.

Building communities through interconnected development

With the help of our structural and operational models, we strengthen local governance and the Panchayati Raj. Our model’s interconnected and interwoven structure further encourages comprehensive development.

Through PISNA training, we equip members with the skills necessary to recognize and realize their full potential. This strategic model is founded on a four-pillar key principle model.

Participation Participation

We encourage program participants to recognize their own potential and actively participate in making a difference. We approach community engagement with a humble learning attitude, sharing best practices and insights to foster collective action and community development.

Integration Integration

We integrate interventions from within a specific sector as well as interventions from related sectors, resulting in inter-sector collaboration.

Sustainability Sustainability

We prioritize developing capacity building for leaders and communities to make collective decisions, assume responsibilities, and adapt programs for long-term sustainability.

Networking Networking

Our model encourages networking and collaboration among rural residents, various groups within villages, government agencies, and other stakeholders. We can now make better use of resources and resolve issues more quickly.

  • Participation
  • Integration
  • Sustainability
  • Networking

Lighting the way forward with bottom-up change in rural India

With our well-designed multi-pronged approach and a spirit of service, we build on the intrinsic and intuitive knowledge of rural India to impact the bottom levels of the remote rural landscape. We affect change by converging village communities through women-led Mahila Mandals within local government systems at the Gram Panchayat level.

We enable and nurture communities facing the challenges that stem from poverty, health, disability, education, social injustice, environment, and local self-governance. With our various programs and services, we are dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve.

Leading the way in social impact

Inspired for the change, by the change

Be a part of our movement – contribute towards India’s rural prosperity

We invite you to join us in our mission to create positive change in rural India. Your support can help us provide basic necessities and better opportunities for those in need and can make a real difference in the lives of rural communities.

There are many ways to get involved with CORD, whether it be through making a financial contribution, volunteering your time and skills, becoming a partner organization, or more. Together, we can create a brighter future for all those living in rural areas, and co-create a better world.

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Let’s collaborate for positive change

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Let’s collaborate for positive change

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

Let’s collaborate for positive change

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