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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
In August 2013, I had the opportunity to volunteer at CORD's Chinmaya Vijaya Orphanage for GIrls. The experience truly changed my life. CORD does such incredible work for the orphaned girls by providing them with nutritious food, excellent education and healthcare, and many social/artistic opportunities. It was so heartening to see the girls thriving in CORD's outstanding facility. CORD deserves recognition for it's amazing service!
I volunteered with CORD at their Sidhbari center in November of 2011. I was there for just over a month. The work that CORD does in these rural areas of India is just incredible. I feel blessed to have been part of such inspiring work for even a small amount of time. I will definitely go back as soon as i get the chance.