This is an outstanding non-profit organization. I've personally visited one of their sites in Sidhabari and I've seen how they have really uplifted women in the rural areas, giving them a chance to earn their own income, become independent and encourage them to pursue their innate greatness.
CORD USA is a grass roots level organization that works to directly benefit the rural areas of the Indian subcontinent. I am a CORD volunteer and I have seen CORD workers in action on the ground. They work in hundreds of villages and go door to door to include all households in the rural empowerment schemes. CORD facilitates education, vocational training, sanitation, nutrition, women empowerment, and health care related programs to help rural areas. CORD has 0% overhead and is fully run by dedicated volunteers. CORD's unique rural empowerment programs have won awards and have been adopted by many other non-profit organizations.
Having worked closely with this nonprofit for the past 5 years now, I can say that I am truly honored to be part of such an amazing and impactful organization. I have seen the direct impact of what CORDUSA has done for people not only in the rural villages of India, but also the locals here. Sending service groups out to rural villages of India brings us one step closer every day to making rural villages a place where people can live sustainably.
I have seen the money get to the affected people. Some volunteers donate /buy things from they money to the events, so more can be donated to the needy.
I have known CORD as a volunteer that raises funds for the most needy that live in the most rural areas. This is the organization that has very little overhead costs and more than 95% of funds collected are used for the benefit of the needy. More importantly this organization follows the philosophy of "if you teach a person to fish, that person will be self-sufficient". Their approach is very unique and it truly goes a long way to change the face of poverty with a very holistic approach of education, skills training to make a real difference to people.
CORD USA is a very noble organization. The village intervention programs organized by CORD are thoroughly organized and involve all populations...women, children and families.
These include women empowerment, youth self-help groups and early childhood education. In addition healthcare services are also provided for those less fortunate communities.
All events organized in the USA contribute greatly to allow these programs to continue in an effective way. Even in the USA all populations are encouraged to contribute their time and effort in sustaining these programs
Well run non-profit where it's very tangible where the money goes with transparency and effective leadership. The needs they serve are real as it's rewarding to see the various facets of what they aim for taken care of. Keep it up Cord Leadership Team!
I had the fortune of meeting Kshama Didi (the national director of CORD India) a few years back. It made me realize how the selfless work and compassion of one person can change so many lives for the better. It inspired me to volunteer for CORD. Through the years I have met other volunteers and leaders. The philosophy of the organization and it's volunteer and the impact that has been created is awe inspiring.
The work CORD does is inspirational. They design and implement a holistic model of development that delivers results! The beneficiaries are active participants -and take ownership of their own future.
Cord USA is a wonderful organization that is full of dedicated members who donate their time, resources and energy for nothing more than the possibility of empowering others. Their mission of not only helping the communities in need, but also teaching the communities how to be self sustaining and independent is inspiring! I would recommend anyone who is looking for a nonprofit group to volunteer with to contact Cord USA and ask them how you can help. I know they would appreciate it and I speak from experience, the time you donate to Cord USA gifts you with so much wisdom and compassion.
I love CORD USA as they have a strong mission to sustain social-help programs in local communities through the process of self-empowerment and enrichment. It is not a nonprofit which solely focuses on providing resources and walking away. it is a nonprofit which is committed to each individual's self-empowerment and takes the idea of 'don't give a man a fish to eat, teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry again' mentality.
As a volunteer for CORD USA, I was thrilled to find that this organization not only provides for South Asians in India, but looks for ways to benefit all those who come in contact with it. CORD set-up a Bhutanese Refugee wing that strives to find ways to help the Bhutanese feel welcome and gain agency in their new unfamiliar settings. CORD also works to have the South Asian communities around the world support their fellow South Asians who are impoverished or in need. Really, it's overall a wonderful organization that is moving in a continually upward direction.
I've been volunteering with this organization for the past two years and I have learned so much from it. It's sustainable and enriching programs go far to help those in need.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.