Transforming livelihoods by improving health and education,
access to microcredit, promoting community stability
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.
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.
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
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.
Addressing diverse issues with
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.
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:
We have increased women's participation in decision-making processes at the community level, with better access to education and healthcare, and economic opportunities
Our programs have helped individuals and communities generate sustainable multiple income sources through microfinance, skill development, etc., thereby improving economic conditions
Training mobilization of communities and elected representatives to participate actively and meaningfully in local self-government
Development programs for people with disabilities, single women, and the poorest of the poor (PoP)
Helping villages develop holistically more accessible quality education for rural children, improving literacy rates, and increasing school enrollment
We're improving nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, health prevention, and primary healthcare access, resulting in better health outcomes for individuals and communities
With organic farming, water conservation, and a focus on renewable energy, we are leading the way to a healthier and more sustainable environment for rural communities