The Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development is CORD, and its holistic programmes of self-upliftment for the rural and impoverished of India have crossed countless social, economic, and political boundaries, resulting in exceptional service of over 600 villages in 2007 alone. CORD's Sidhbari Project alone has over 45,000 participating villagers and over 250,000 beneficiaries.
To harness human resources and enable the poor to transform their lives through programmes driven by themselves.
Registered under the Charitable and Religious Trust Act of 1920, CORD is an India-based non-profit service organization.
To develop and strengthen a comprehensive, convergent, sustainable, and participatory rural development program.
To empower rural women and youth.
To help reduce poverty and increase economic self-reliance through micro-credit planning, income generation schemes, and village-level enterprise.
To provide community-based healthcare through preventive and promotional measures, and provide primary healthcare services from dispensaries.
To strengthen local self-governance.
To create environmental awareness and implement natural resource management.
To improve education standards and facilities, promote literacy, and offer value-based education.
To promote and facilitate social justice.
To empower men, women, youth, and children to uplift themselves and their communities by invoking their latent potencies.
To network and collaborate with institutions, individuals, non-governmental organisations, governmental agencies, and donor agencies to reinforce and promote CORD objectives.
To develop and conduct training programs for the fulfilment of all objectives.
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 organise, build, and find relevant solutions to personal, familial, and communal concerns.