CORD - The Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development 

CORD’s programs in rural development cater to empowering and making communities self-reliant. The uniqueness of the model rests on making the rural communities equal partners in their development, rather than just facilitating developmental projects.

It creates Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) nurtured in each village ward to encourage them to participate at the Gram Panchayat level, a unit of local self-governance.

Further, to ensure the success of its model, CORD puts women at the center stage, and all its programs are facilitated through the Mahila Mandals or Women’s Groups.

We also now have new programs through CORDUSA! Our latest program is helping first-generation college applicants in marginalized communities across the US with their applications to promote self-sustenance.

For more information, please see or contact Vidya Ramanathan at