Building a resilient
rural India

Transforming livelihoods by improving health and education,
access to microcredit, promoting community stability

“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 Chinmayananda

“CORD is a bond of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing that enriches both the giver and the receiver.”

Guruji Swami Tejomayananda

A legacy of growth and transformation

We began our journey in 1985 in Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh, under the guidance of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and the Chinmaya Tapovan Trust. Originally known as the Chinmaya Rural Primary Health Care and Training Centre (CRPHC&TC), we aimed to improve the lives of rural communities through self-perpetuating development.

In 2003, Guruji Swami Tejomayananda established CORD as a separate trust to replicate our rural development work on a national level. The CRPHC&TC became the nucleus of CORD, and the ongoing activities were incorporated within the new organization.

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The success in Sidhbari reached beyond community health and diversified our training programs and interventions on multiple issues. We took our grassroots and training sessions held at the Sidhbari CORD Training Centre to other states such as Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Punjab.

In 2007, CORD expanded operations to include an orphanage for girls called ‘Chinmaya Vijaya’ near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

CORD India’s work inspired the establishment of independent trusts and entities in Sri Lanka (CORD Sri Lanka) and the US (CORD USA), under the auspices of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.

Today, we continue to build rural communities and promote independent development through our various programs and initiatives.

Bridging the divide — Advancing rural India

Our ward-wise CBOs follow the Panchayat ward structure and enable people at the grassroots level to voice their opinions collectively at the Up-gram Sabha and Gram Sabha levels

Our programs focus on specific projects and time-bound initiatives and are designed to grow organically with facilitation over time and continue to address the community’s needs in the long run

We do not duplicate government initiatives, instead, we facilitate them to strengthen the implementation of programs at the grassroots level to ensure the community’s needs are being met.

We encourage the community to fill service gaps and enhance their participation in resolving issues, ensuring that the development programs are truly community-driven

All our programs are facilitated through the Mahila Mandals or Women’s Groups in every ward of a Panchayat, seamlessly integrated right from the beginning

We recognize that all issues are interconnected and build the community’s capacity to become active participants in resolving these issues, meeting the community’s needs effectively

We work with various government agencies and departments, national and international developmental organizations, funding agencies, corporates, experts, and individual contributors

Our model is designed to be replicable, adaptable, and scalable to different rural development environments, making it a tried-and-tested model throughout rural India

We share our learnings with various stakeholders in rural development by providing experiential and expositional training programs through our training center based in Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh

A spiritual thread runs through both the team members and the community members to unfold their inner potential, ensuring that the programs are implemented with empathy, compassion, and belief in people’s dignity and potential

Weaving a tapestry of community development with interconnected programs

Community-based organizations

The heart of our programs

Community-based organizations – The heart of our programs

We believe that developing local communities is key to achieving sustainable development in rural areas. That’s why we work closely with community-based organizations (CBOs) comprising women, men, youth, and children to motivate, mobilize, and enable communities to plan, execute, and evolve.

Our CBOs provide a platform around which other program components converge and diverge. Each CBO is nurtured to address issues related to poverty, health, disability, education, social injustice, the environment, and local self-governance. We encourage the legal registration of these CBOs to allow them direct access to government funds.

Mahila mandals (Women’s Groups) – the nodal body

Men and farmer’s club

Adolescent girls group
(Yuvati Samuh)

Children’s Group
(Bal Vihar)

Advocacy groups for PWDs

Self-help Groups (SHGs) within Mahila Mandal

Swadhyay Groups
(self unfoldment)

Thematic programs

Addressing diverse issues with
tailored interventions

Our thematic programs are designed to address specific concerns regarding poverty, health, disability, education, social injustice, and the environment. We implement these programs in partnership with our community-based organizations (CBOs), which serve as the medium for community interventions.

We provide specific training to our CBOs to implement these programs effectively, while we facilitate their institutional capacities to address community issues.

Community-based livelihood

Community-based social justice and gender sensitization

Community-based health, nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene

Community-based inclusion and development for persons with disabilities

Participatory natural resource management

Local self-government through Panchayati Raj Institutions

Literacy, including adult literacy, financial and digital literacy, and computer literacy

Alcohol abuse awareness and management and drug abuse prevention

CORD training and resource center at Sidhbari for experiential grassroots rural development

Chinmaya Vijaya
(orphanage for girls)

Impact themes

Our community-driven approach has enhanced social cohesion, increased community resilience, and raised awareness about social issues. We have made significant strides in improving rural development in India, having a positive impact in several areas:

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