15 years before what began as a grassroots organization to facilitate water and sanitation, environment, skill improvement and organisation among communities in two Gram Panchayats of Athmallick Block of Angul district of Orissa, now has been spreading its wing to four tribal dominated districts of Orissa. From water and environment sanitation to education, livelihood, health, malaria eradication, HIV/AIDS awareness, universal birth registration, self- Governance and advocacy and lobby are the main penetrative segments of VIRD.
The dream of the organisation is to involve the community in the sustainable development process and achieve the goal of millennium development goals those will enable them to develop as individuals and communities come together and initiate interventions to assert their rights, become empowered and break the vicious cycle of indebtedness and disadvantage. VIRD the organisation is a part of this movement and its role is to involve the people in this process.
The programme reports on the following pages form an account of how, in the life of VIRD, the people have organized, been mobilized and motivated themselves and through doing so have achieved development goals that are shared and sustainable.
In the last 26 years much has changed-socially, politically, culturally and economically at local, national and global scale, presenting the people and their communities with fresh challenges and new opportunities. As we celebrate together we look forward for working together to meet both the challenges and opportunities of the coming years and beyond, and continue the process of value based development for all.