CORD works to facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self- empowerment and enrichment.
A typical Indian village faces several social and economic issues. Domestic violence, rampant alcoholism, rape, gender discrimination and community exclusion of the disabled are widely prevalent. All these problems are co-mingled and cannot be handled in isolation. CORD was formulated to alleviate the pains of the rural villages of these issues.
CORD has provided income generation activities for 13,000 people, started 563 women’s groups with over 22,000 members, 220 youth groups, 1490 self-help groups, and an adolescent girls’ group with 10,300 members. It has also implemented natural resource management programs, which succeeded in reducing water scarcity. CORD’s unique community-based disability program has assisted over 450 disabled people. CORD also facilitates a social justice program and has resolved over 365 cases. CORD’s strength and success has been due to its coalition with villagers, where there is cooperative effort to organize, build, and and find relevant solutions to personal, familial, and communal concerns.
CORD works in early childhood development, family income generation, self-help groups, health and sanitation, youth support groups, social injustice, rehabilitation services, natural resource management, self- governance, and empowering women.
Why does CORD want to work with university students?
“Working with students provides us with an opportunity to open the minds and shape the next generation of leaders. Involving university students lead to building of the next generation of adult leaders, decision makers, and supporters who are focused on bringing a positive change to the society. We expect it to be a two-way street with us providing exposure to the students about harsh realities in the developing world and the approaches used to resolve issues. Our organization has been run for years by a senior leadership team and we look to younger volunteers to provide a fresh perspective and bring in best practices from other parts of the world. Younger volunteers possess open minds, ready to absorb new information and ideas. They hold fewer preconceptions of the world, are able to accept change easily, and are ready to grow given the opportunity. They bring a di!erent perspective to the work; often one that re”ects the view of (potential) clients and/or the local community.”
– Subha Pathial, CORD USA