CORD USA

Rating: 4.96 stars   67 reviews 1,338

Issues: International, Philanthropy

Location: 2569 Wagon Train Lane Diamond Bar CA 91765 USA

Mission: To facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self-empowerment and enrichment.
Results: •CORD has provided income generation activities for 13,000 people, started 563 women’s empowerment groups with over 22,000 members, 220 youth groups, 1490 self-help groups, and adolescent girls’ group with 10,300 members. It has also implemented natural resource management programs, which succeeded in reducing water scarcity.
Target demographics: CORD programs and activities have been inspired and formulated based on dynamic and vibrant interactions with thousands of villagers. CORD's strength and success has been due to its coalition with villagers, where there is cooperative effort to organize, build, and find relevant solutions to personal, familial, and communal concerns.
Geographic areas served: India & Sri Lanka in the rural areas and in United States.
Programs: CORD USA (Chinmaya Organization for Rehabilitation & Development by Undertaking Sustainable Activities) is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in less fortunate in America, India and Sri Lanka in a sustainable way. Through our programs, we touch the needy in many ways with 0 overhead. That means every dollar you donate goes to the needy!
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EIN 27-0540459
www.cordusa.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

Cord USA granted me an opportunity to serve in Kaza, India at an all-girls orphanage for 2 weeks in 2012. The trip was immensely inspiring and completely changed me as an individual. I emerged from my service visit as a socially-aware, sensitive, inspired, and driven person. I went on to organize fundraisers, take active roles, and help my own community in the United States as a young high school student. I believe that this organization is truly selfless and is guided by sheer love for service and people. Its goal is to help rural communities in India thrive despite the rigors of life, competition, and nature. CORD has been able to link Indians in India and Indians around the globe, creating an international support system for those who need it most. The organization is also highly efficient and confident: it does not misuse money nor time. With the goal of service as its backing, CORD works for humanity, is inspired by humanity, and connects humanity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dr. Kshama Metre is a living example of grace, leadership and untiring effort to solve tough issues through self help.This is one of the greatest inspiration for young minds to make a better world through their hard work. We have been fortunate to see cORD work through close quarters over a decade and only wish there were few more organizations with similar vision and leadership.

Narendra
Chicago, USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can I only provide 5 stars? :) Remember this charity has a very low overhead cost and over 95% of the donations go straight to the needy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen how the work of CORD inspires teenage volunteers. This organization is one of the very few to use a 100% of donated money to causes - with the admin overhead being covered by volunteers. The positive impact of this organization on rural India, by empowering people to be self-sufficient, will be felt for multiple generations!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CORD as an organisation is engaged in the grass root level activities in the field of Rural Development in some of the most backward regions of India and Sri Lanka. They seek no publicity as they go on doing some real good work. Their work is aimed at making the communities they adopt as self sustained entities.

I have personally used some of the products manufactured/ produced by persons or entities supported by CORD.

I have found the staff, volunteers and office bearers of CORD to be the persons with high personal and professional integrity and as a donor this assures me that the funds that I donate have the correct end use. Because of their low overheads - the efficiency of funds utilisation is also very high.

it is encouraging to see a large number of youngsters getting associated with CORD - taking time off from their work or during their vacations to get associated with units of CORD for specific projects - an activity that provides two-way enrichment.

All the best to CORD in their endeavour.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have all privilege and opportunity to drop in CORD Training Centre Sidhbari, Himchal Pradesh, India (from where the idea and inception of CORD happened and is a very well established model in comprehensive integrated rural development since 1985 with blessings of H.H Swami Chinmayananda and nurtured by Dr. Kshama Metre (National Director CORD in India) as a volunteer with my quest to work in my native state. Now CORD is a conviction and commitment for me as an individual and transformation for people being served under its various collaborative and participatory efforts/programs in 700 plus villages in rural India. Need of hour is to continue its depth and scale the heights of which it has potential to transform rural India.

For my past 12 plus years associations now, I see only solution for sustainable and self- reliant India is CORD. Since 2009 CORD USA has added support to CORD India and CORD Srilanka through its fund raising efforts and sending volunteers specially high school teenagers for their learning and transformation from US.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CORD USA has many projects that have genuine impact on those who need help. I am very impressed with the volunteers and everyone at CORD for the way they plan and execute programs to offer help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

How do you rate a charitable organization that gives 100% (OK, 99%) of its revenues directly to the targeted recipients? With 10 Stars, not 5!!

I have volunteered for this organization for the last 5 years and I can vouch for their honesty and their dedication to improving the lot of rural Indians and Sri Lankans.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with CORD for 2 years. CORD is an organization that works directly in the remote villages in India without any overhead costs to maintain an organization. What I like about CORD is the personal touch it provides the volunteers by putting them in contact with the people who are benefitting from CORD. I also like the youth service-visits that CORD organizes, and I have seen many high school students being inspired to help others and look at life with a different perspective. The mission and vision of CORD is truly inspiring.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering and fundraising for CORD for past 6 months. What I liked about CORD is that they don't do charity, but empower the people in such a way that they don't need charity. I was very impressed by the well organized programs and training for people for all vocations. The best part about CORD is that they work in a very organized way to cover all aspects of life for the people in the villages - medical, social, education and livelihood.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

In July 2013, I got the opportunity to volunteer at Sidhbari H.P. India. I really enjoyed this experience because it is unlike anything I have ever done before. Rather then donating money, the organization helps empower the underprivileged. They do not believe in handing out resources, but rather teach the skills to make people self-sufficient. This experience helped me realize that sometimes I take things for granted, and that I should appreciate and be grateful for everything around me. -Megan Mehta

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Rating: 5 stars  

CORD is a wonderful way to share our talents and resources with the underpriveleged. It uplifts both the giver and the receiver. i like CORD because, it is based on holistic principles and the volunteers are genuine and truly caring people. We need more and more volunteers so that we will have a world where no one is suffering.

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