About Us

The CHETANA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, India. It aims at facilitating the establishment of a just and healthy society in which the poorest of the poor have the power to attain a better quality of life with equal access to and control over resources. Since its inception The CHETANA has been committed to the implementation of social justice and the development of marginalized sections of society. It operates in the most remote and inaccessible areas of Central Odisha, where the land is tribally dominated and more than 80% of the population reside below the poverty line. Its development initiatives cover more than 5.2 million underprivileged persons, including women, children, small farmers, rural artisans, the elderly, the disabled, and the destitute. The CHETANA has developed an integrated strategy by combining direct service delivery with development support activities, such as research, advocacy and networking. With over 30 highly skilled professional personnel, The CHETANA runs a number of programs. In remote rural and tribal communities it initiates sustainable socio economic development, sets up structures to ensure safe drinking water, provides sexual & reproductive health education as well as other non-formal education to girls, ensures basic health needs, organizes income generation through micro credit, offers disaster management and mitigation, The CHETANA provides elderly care, support to people with disabilities, child care, assistance for people with HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention, local agricultural development, village infrastructure development and human rights promotion.