A Change Catalyst since 1993

Sustainable Economic & Educational Development Society (SEEDS)

Who We Are

Supporters

SEEDS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA. SEEDS-India is also a registered charity in India. Our supporters can therefore make tax-deductible donations in the USA in dollars and in India in INR as permitted by law. SEEDS is an all-volunteer organization. While financial contribution is important, SEEDS is also heavily dependent on the time and skills contributed by our dedicated volunteers towards SEEDS activities and projects.

Volunteers

Our volunteers believe in the objectives and values of SEEDS, participate actively in deliberations, and provide long term financial or volunteer support to projects sponsored by SEEDS. “SEEDS has been an education in ‘life’ for each one of us,” Says Dhanada Mishra, a long standing member, “Interacting with people struggling with challenges of life in remote rural areas, appreciating their challenges and playing a role however small in helping them overcome the challenges, has given us an exposure, without which education would have remained dry, purposeless, and incomplete.”

Partners

SEEDS works in partnership with nonprofit organizations and communities that know the local conditions, needs, resources, and possible solutions. When a proposed project aligns with SEEDS objectives and values, SEEDS supporters and members bring technical guidance as well as financial help that is catalytic in nature while the partners implement the project. Often the beneficiaries of the project provide in-kind help such as labor and sustainability plan. Ideal solutions emerge from working together in this way taking joint ownership.

Our Objectives

1

Promote educational and economic progress and development of the very needy in the state of Odisha, India and other parts of the world in general.

2

Financially and technically support development that is SUSTAINABLE (long-term, self-supporting, and environmentally non-predatory), NON-VIOLENT (tolerant, without brute force), DEMOCRATIC, EQUITABLE (fair and just, more for the needy) and DECENTRALIZED (not imposed from above, grassroots, and local/native solutions).

3

Support development and education that fosters awareness about rights and responsibilities among the people it seeks to help as well as among its own members, thus emphasizing a participatory consciousness.

Empowerment Through Education

Responding to loss of learning through Village Learning Centers in Western Odisha

The pandemic lockdowns caused severe loss of learning in the remote tribal areas of western Odissa where education was poor to begin with. Agragamee, an NGO in Nuapada, is intervening to bridge this gap by training youth volunteers of ages 15-17, who have completed 10th grade, to become Edu-volunteers, to work with children of ages 6-14 years by establishing Village Learning Centers, each center supporting 50 children from nearby communities.  This effort has created a love of learning, joy in reading, and reduced fear and stress of going back to school in addition to catching up with the curriculum study. SEEDS has committed to supporting one learning center for multiple years with help from our donors. Thank you!

Nursing Scholarships

India has a shortage of nurses. Bhubaneswar has several nursing colleges offering 3-year General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) diploma programs that attract female students from low income families from rural areas in Odisha after completing high school (+2). After enrolling in the nursing programs, they struggle to meet the high cost of living in Bhubaneswar. Our goal is to provide scholarships of $500 each to 100 nursing students in 2022 and to 150 students in subsequent years. We have received a $15,000 match offer from a donor in 2022 to kick start this effort. Please donate and see your donation double. It takes $500 to cover the boarding cost of a nursing student for a year. We have prepared a short video and answers to Frequantly Asked Questions about the nursing scholarships to give you more information about the nursing scholarships.

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