CORDUSA - Global Network was started in 2022 by Pujya Swami Swaroopanandaji, but has a long history with demonstrated impact in CORD in India, CORD Sri Lanka, and CORDUSA. Dr. Kshama Metre gave her guidance and input so that the vision of CORDUSA - Global Network is aligned with the greater vision of CORD.
CORD in India began its rural development work in Himachal Pradesh in 1985 under the guidance of Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda. Kshama Didi, a pediatrician, championed the idea of people-centric development. Now, CORD has transformed the landscape of Kangra Valley, and this is branching out across rural India. Having individualized, holistic programming developed and driven by the people has resulted in highly successful women's groups and microcredit programs, government engagement (more than 60% of local government seats in Kangra District are held by these same women), income generation programs, public health outreach initiatives, domestic violence legal support, disability inclusion and therapy, farmers groups, and so much more. These projects have been supported by CORD USA for many years.
CORD Sri Lanka works closely with refugees in war-torn villages and cities across the country.
CORDUSA has been engaged in grassroots level work at centers across the United States since 2009.
The goal of CORDUSA - Global Network is to increase awareness about CORD, have local community-based programs which are aligned with the vision of CORD at Chinmaya Mission centers across the world outside of India and Sri Lanka, and have communication across the centers about these programs.
Programs will continue to assess the needs of individuals and keep them in the driver's seat of each initiative. This will ensure sustainability and self-reliance. We are collaborating with local partners in our community, so as to follow the main principles of CORD: Participation, Integration, Sustainability, and Networking.
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