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!
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!
I heard about CORD from a friend of mine. I ran my first half-marathon a couple months ago at the Chicago Half Marathon and one of the reasons I ran was the opportunity to raise funds for CORD which does inspiring work and has a great cause. I look forward to volunteering or being involved with local events at CORD in the future.
My son volunteered at a CORD orphanage in Vijayawada a couple of years ago. It was a well organized and clean atmosphere for young girls to grow up in. The girls are raised, not with the hope that someone will adopt soon, but with the idea that these girls should be raised with confidence and leave the orphanage as productive members of society. Many of the CORD activities are focused on empowering a person with life skills that can help them change their current situation as oppose to just handing out money and goods to poor people.