We have focused our operations in Nellore and Prakasam districts
of Andhra Pradesh. We have been addressing the needs of the people,
who have not been met by the development concerns.
The regions where we have been working are marked by castiest discrimination.
What is worse is that nothing can be percieved on the surface
but village life seems to go on well and everyone living harmoniously. The
undercurrent of discontent among the oppressed classes of Dalits
and Adivasis is visible only to an experienced eye.
The discrimination is rampant and any interaction between the
two-upper and lower castes has to be only at the behest of the upper castes and
not the other way. If a Dalit or an Adivasi attempts to take the
initiative in building intimacy with a member of the upper caste,
it is deemed heresy. There have been cases when the entire Dalit
habitation has been targeted for such “heresy”. In one instance
the entire Dalit population was denied access to drinking water,
in another instance the habitation was tortured. It is a matter of
pride for us that we have been successful in meeting the aspirations
of the unreached oppressed Dalits and Adivasis of these districts
in such hostile environment. Every joy in the heart of the Dalits
and Adivasis we serve is the reward for our work.
As of today there are still a large mass of people in the
rural areas who are unreached by the development activities. Part of the reason
for their neglect is because these people are considered to
be outside the mainstream society. We wish to increase our
presence in the service of such communities.
Encouraged by our ability to bring about a significant improvement
in the lives of the underprivileged we have served. We intend
to continue our services to reach a wider audience of the
underprivileged and are proposing to expand our operations
Krishna, Kurnool, Anantapur and Rangareddy districts
of Andhra Pradesh. It is significant to note that the status
of Dalits in these regions is pathetic and what is worse
is that in these regions the oppressed classes are disempowered
and do not possess any assets.
We take pride in the achievements of the people we work with.
It is a matter of joy and our chests swell with pride when we see
students from these oppressed majority score remarkable grades in
academics apart from bagging the awards for their performers.
These sparks that were being threatened to be snuffed out by the
dire poverty have been able to light up to a brilliant future. Our
commitment is strengthened when ever parents write thanking us. This
inspires us to go a head and do more.
We have been able to educate thousands of ignorant oppressed
people in their medical and health rights. Awareness has
been created about the need
for personal hygiene and clean neighbourhood.
With the improvement
in the overall health, these people have been able to take up gainful
employment for longer stretches of time and thus earning higher
income and for a longer period. We have been able to get youth trained
and get gainful employment in the region. In fact many have opted
for self-employment thereby generating further employment opportunities!
Women in these remote regions have always been at the receiving
end and we have succeeded in economic empowerment of these people
and today they are able to save in thousands of rupees and
are also became masters of their own destiny. They have started microenterprises
which are also providing employment to many more.
Our public relations wing has been able to get these oppressed Dalits
and Adivasis their due share of the State-sponsored development
schemes. Our retreats have enabled these people to appreciate the
world around them better.
The Desperate Unreached
Unfortunately there is still a large mass of our society
who need succour. These unreached sections of our society
are suffering due to lack of basic amenities like access to
organised healthcare. Many of the people in the areas we work
do not have a proper hospital within their reach.
COREED propose to set up
A 30-bed Hospital on the borders of Nellore
and Prakasam disrict to ensure access to quality healthcare
to the underprivileged Dalits and Adivasis in both the districts.
It is the lot of the Dalits and Adivasis to suffer in ignorance
AIDS has become a major issue among the unreached members
of society. We intend to increase our activity in this area
with awareness camps and educational programmes. Today Tuberculosis
is surfacing again and in many unrecognisable ways. It is
reaching epidemic proportions in many areas. We intend to
proactively join the battle against this consumptive disease.
The light of education that we have been able to light among
the children of this unreached masses need to be tutored and
meticulously nurtured to ensure their continued success in
COREED plans to set up a Residential School for 1000 meritorious
students of the voiceless resource challenged sections of
society. This project would ensure that the students who have
benefited from our coaching would be able to continue their
studies and achieve something in life. We intend to provide
quality education to these bright sparks who would be able
to light their lives and bring hope to their community.
COREED intends to set up Women Developments Centers
at every village
to give them a place of their own to meet. This center would
also be available resource for the learning and
earning center for this oppressed section of