CORO India completes 30 years in 2019.

Our journey as a grassroots organisation has been more than overwhelming; with experiences to be cherished lifelong. We work towards a society based on equality and justice, by empowering leaders in the most marginalized communities to steer collective action for social change.

Data in the section below is from our programmes that have run for several years, with different groups. Here’s glancing at how we have evolved over the years -

1. Grassroots Leadership: We facilitate grassroots leaders to tackle tough issues in their own communities and beyond. Our fellows are create livelihoods, increasing access to micro-credit, securing land rights and tackling employment-related corruption


2. Right To Pee: In Mumbai, women are allotted fewer public toilets and must also pay more than men for the same usage, when it comes to urination. On top of this, public toilets have poor hygiene and are often unsafe. The system stakeholders responsible for urban sanitation are largely insensitive, even dismissive, in the face of these basic violations of equal rights to dignity, health, and access to public space. Evidence-based advocacy forms the core of the RTP campaign. By gathering data of the ground reality of communities’ sanitation conditions through mapping and surveys, they can leverage traditional and new media platforms to demonstrate to government and system stakeholders the need for improved sanitation and gender sensitivity.

3. Water Scarcity: In Water Scarcity program, we mobilise rural communities to secure fair and equal water resources. In Western Maharashtra, a lack of sufficient, sustained rainfall has withered the crops. In each village, residents take on the responsibility for surveying existing groundwater retention structures, planning for further construction and gathering requisite funds. CORO facilitates the process of social change and the involvement of key stakeholders from the village and system.

4. Single Women’s Issues: Women who are widowed, abandoned, separated, or never married face immense and varied social stigma. These single women do not have access to education, employment or the option to lead an independent life. We facilitate them to become leaders of social change in their own communities across the Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and Nanded districts of Marathwada.

5. Women Empowerment: In this program, we facilitate women from marginalized, low-income communities to act against violence and to work together in entrepreneurship.​ Through capacity-building processes we aim to change mindsets from ‘victim of circumstance’ to ‘change-maker’

Over the last three decades, CORO has developed a community-based approach​​ to facilitating change from within India’s most marginalized and oppressed.