“CORD is a bond
of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver. ”
Chinmaya Mission is a spiritual, social and educational organization with a global presence. The service wing of the Mission operates under the acronym CORD – Chinmaya Organisation of Rural Development. In pursuance of the vision of its founder, Swami Chinmayananda, it has been actively serving citizens of rural India for the past several years.
Swami Chinmayananda, Founder of Chinmaya Mission is the inspiration behind CORD. It is his vision that translates into and permeates the very structure of this organization.
Swami Chinmayananda said, “Let us be humble and grateful for the opportunities available to us to serve the society and the world.”
In the 42 years of his service to humanity, Swamiji left his footprints in a variety of projects that sprang up, and still continue to mushroom under the banner of the Chinmaya Mission. For him, there was nothing to gain or lose by working in the world. Yet, he wanted to provide his devotees with many an avenue to grow to their fullest stature.
Swami Chinmayananda saw these projects as fields for devotees to perform selfless service. He himself took every opportunity to serve, give and love, leaving behind a rich legacy of works of service, including: a 200-bed hospital, a number of clinics and diagnostic centers, rural upliftment projects, schools, temples, old-age homes and orphanages.
When the founder of Chinmaya Mission passed on, the mantle of leadership draped the shoulders of Swami Tejomayananda. He took over where his Guru left off. He followed his own advice to, “fill the heart with love and gratitude.” The phenomenal growth of Chinmaya Mission under his leadership amply proves the success of his philosophy.
The work of CORD is specially dear to Swamiji’s heart. His vision and direction is the heart of the programme. Though hard pressed for time, its activities and growth receive his personal attention.
In December, 2003 under his stewardship, the service projects of the Mission were brought under the banner of CORD. After this, developmental work in Lathikatta (which had already started) picked up. New branches in Deuldiha, Tamraipakkam, Kaza and Siruvani came into existence.
His philosophy is simple. “We work with inspiration. We trust in God, and Pujya Gurudev’s blessings and that trust is our main strength. Abiding in our trust and knowledge, if we start any service, we should just go on doing it. Do your work, for work is worship, and work shows worth.”
TO FACILITATE INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
• To develop and strengthen a comprehensive, convergent, sustainable and participatory rural development programme.
• To empower rural women, men and youth.
• To help increase economic self-reliance through micro-credit, income generation schemes and village-level enterprise.
• To provide community based healthcare through preventive and promotional measures as well as provide primary healthcare services through dispensaries.
• To provide community based rehabilitation for the disabled.
• To help strengthen local self-governance.
• To create environmental awareness and implement natural resource management.
• To improve education, promote literacy and value-based education.
• To promote and facilitate social justice.
• To increase the capacity of women, men, youth and children to uplift their communities and themselves and fire their latent potential through community based organisations.
• To network and collaborate with institutions, individuals, non-governmental organisations, governmental agencies and donors agencies to reinforce and promote the objectives of CORD.
• To conduct training programmes towards fulfillment of all objectives.
CORD’s work has been supported by various agencies
and people from different corners of the world.
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• CORD will facilitate and guide interested Chinmaya Mission centres in India develop their programmes for rural and slum populations based on their local needs.
• Important criteria would be the availability of a suitable person at the Centre with an aptitude for developmental work as well as a willingness to devote time to the project.
• A nucleus team of one leader and 3-4 grass root workers would be trained for about one month at Sidhbari, along with representatives from 2-3 other centres. Travel and other related costs would have to be met by the concerned Mission Centres.
• The initial minimum 4 week training period at Sidhbari for the core team would include extensive field level exposures to the ongoing programmes.
• On return to their bases the teams would organize community discussions, analyze resources available and formulate action plans. Based on this they would develop a project proposal including time frames and budgets.
• Draft Proposal to be submitted to CORD Head office with a copy to National Director for review.
• Visit by National Project Director to the project base to discuss and finalize the proposed project document.
• Final Project Proposal will be submitted to CORD Trustees for consideration, approval and funds.
• Implementation of project will commence following approval of proposal and budget by CORD
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