CORO

Quest Fellowship

Empowering grassroots leaders to tackle tough issues in their own communities and beyond.

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How it works

We believe that investing in grassroots leadership is key in tackling complex, long-standing issues in local communities. We recruit, train, and support emerging leaders to take action and mobilise others.

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70%

Women

69%

Marginalised people

50%

Ethnic or religious minorities

41%

Below high school level education

What we do

We mobilise and inspire local people and concerned authorities to ​stand for equality and justice in gender-related issues.

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We work to address violence against women and girls, help women to step up to leadership roles in their communities and local government, and empower women economically through the formation of self-help groups and entrepreneurial initiatives.

We help rural communities to gain access to crucial land and forest rights, thereby enabling them to create sustainable livelihoods. We also work on water and other natural resourcesconservation projects to do with .

We empower those who are most marginalised by India’s caste system to claim their rights. We work to address the legacy of caste-based atrocities. And we stand up for the rights of disabled people and workers in the informal economy.

Much of our work is about helping individuals and communities exercise legal rights for example, the right to food and the right to education that are not currently being fully implemented by the relevant authorities.

We work with young people on issues to do with sexuality, health, hygiene and sanitation. We also work with schools to ensure gender equality is properly addressed in the classroom for children in their early adolescence.

We offer a range of skills development opportunities for young people, women, tribal and Dalit communities, enabling them to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and those around them.

Impact

Since 2008 we have trained and developed 900 grassroots leaders who have reached an estimated 1.6 million people.

900

Grassroots leaders

280+

Organisations

300+

Mentors

1.6M

People reached *

Expanding our reach

Expanding our reach

We have an ambitious growth plan to celebrate 25 years of experience and impact. At a time of great social challenge and debate in India we are well placed to broaden and deepen our impact by expanding our operation, network and geographical reach.

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