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CORD received eventful grace from the Guru Parampara.on Guru Poornima Day  
On this auspicious day, the community in CORD’s villages at Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh committed itself to study, understand, live and share the knowledge so compassionately gifted to all of us from our Param Pujya Gurudev and Pujya Swamiji. 186 people participated in this event. Eighteen study groups with village volunteers were formed of the participants to demonstrate to all who had come how they could conduct Svadhyaya in their own villages.



On Guru Poornima Day, CORD received “Partnership Excellence Award on Imparting Quality Training” from NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) Punjab, given by the Chief Minister of Punjab. The award was received by Narender (Sr.Program Manager at CORD Training Centre,Sidhbari).  

On the eve of Guru Poornima, Narender was also honored with “Sudhir Johri Inspired Leader Award” by SOIL (School of Inspired Leadership) during the convocation of Emerging Leader Booster Program for which Shri Anil Sachdevji had sponsored Narender.



Dr. Meera Krishnan, Project Co-ordinator of CORD Siruvani honoured at International Women's Day 2013

The National Commission for Women, Govt of India on the occassion of celebrating the International Women's Day, 2013 honoured 33 women or women’s groups for their significant and outstanding achievements in various fields of activity leading to Women Empowermen on 21st March, 2013 in New Delhi.

Dr.Meera Krishna, Project Co-ordinator of CORD-Siruvani was one among those who was given this honour. It consisted of a Citation, a statuette and a cash award of Rs.10,000./- . Smt.Purnima Daulet Singh, CORD Trustee of India and Ms.Mona Malkani,CORD, Headoffice accompanied Dr.Meera Krishna for this award ceremony.

Some other awardees included Dr Tessy Thomas ( Project Director in DRDO ), Capt. Lakshmi Nagrath ( Training Captain with Air India ), Advocate Amee Yajnik, Ms. Sharda Ugra ( ESPN Sports Journalist ), the Akhil Bharatiya Tera Panth Mahila Mandal, writer Dr Malti Sharma and many other outstanding women from grass root level from all over India.


Dr. Kshama Metre winner of Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2012

Chinmaya Mission is delighted to announce that Dr Kshama Metre, Founder and Director of Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) was declared winner of the Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London on 22nd November.

The prestigious annual award aims to celebrate one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of some of the world's poorest people. It recognises those whose work goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference, (supported by Marie Stopes International and run in partnership with Barclays and GSK.)

Following the screening of a short film about Kshamaji, she gave an acceptance speech emphasising the importance of a 'bottom up' approach to tackling poverty and engaging the marginalised in transforming their own condition, which has proved so effective through her own direct experience. Addressing a select crowd of development experts, corporate sponsors and journalists, Kshamaji paid tribute to Pujya Gurudev, and explained how meaningful change takes time, but is truly possible when you listen to, live and work alongside the poor communities you seek to uplift.

A paediatrician by profession, Dr Metre left her flourishing medical practice in Delhi in the early 1980s to serve in the tribal villages of the Himalayan Mountains, inspired by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda. She is an early pioneer of the microfinance movement in India, which today is the largest in the world. In 2008, the Government of India honoured her with India’s highest award in the field of social service, the Padma Shree. Her holistic model of tackling rural poverty addresses corruption through empowerment at the grassroots level, healthcare and nutrition, micro-banking and income generation, rehabilitation of children with disabilities, and natural resource management.

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Social Service Award
The FICCI Ladies’ Organization, Coimbatore Chapter awarded their award for Social Service in 2012 to CORD Siruvani.


Exemption Under 80G and 35AC
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue under the recommendation of the National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare, New Delhi has granted CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development) and its project "Comprehensive Integrated sustainable rural development" tax exemption under section 35AC of the Income Tax Act, 1921.

All donations to CORD are now exempt from tax under Section 35AC & 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.

The self-help movement in rural India and CORD's experience A talk by Dr Kshma Metre, Director, CORD
Twenty-five years ago, Dr Kshama Metre left a flourishing paediatric practice in New Delhi to work as a doctor in rural primary healthcare services. In this new setting, she found the health system marginalized the communities it was meant to serve. Dr Metre refocused her efforts on community development initiatives, and become an early pioneer of India's highly successful self-help movement. In just two decades, such small decentralized groups -- made up of mostly women -- have extended access to financial credit to almost 100 million people, and in other ways also empowered the poor.

In an IDRC public lecture, Dr Metre explores why the self-help model is so successful in India.

Article published in The Hindu News Paper

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