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Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS) is
a tax-exempt 501c(3) nonprofit organization registered in the US. It promotes
sustainable advancement of the people, focusing
primarily in the state of
began as a registered student organization at the
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SEEDS philosophy is rooted in our wish to promote educational and economic progress and development for the common folks particularly in Orissa, but in the developing world in general. We, in principle, also would take stand against social evils and injustices whenever possible. We hope that these, in turn, would indirectly bring about and foster the other important ingredient -- political consciousness-- among the people.
We do not believe in simple, conventional charity. Rather we believe in working as perhaps catalysts and facilitators of development --- the exact roles for people near or on the field will naturally differ from those of volunteers who are abroad. Fundamentally, we support and promote the sort of development that is
financial support is only catalytic; we largely rely on selfsufficiency-promoting
loans and strategic/technical help to the beneficiaries. We hope this will eventually grow into a movement of
"participatory consciousness for sustainable & equitable
development" among non-resident Indians and Orissans worldwide.
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started in March of 1993 in the wake of shocking news of inhuman misery and
deprivation in the famine-affected region of Orissa, as a result of extensive
discussion on a electronic medium called ORNET. Initially,
it was informally called "Kalahandi-Bolangir Initiative". The effort
was organized into an independent group in April, 1994. The group was formally
named as "Sustainable Economic & Educational Development Society"
(SEEDS), reflecting its broader focus and philosophy.
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We seek to be conscionable agents of sustainable, non-violent, democratic and equitable development in Orissa and elsewhere. Towards this end, we see the need to educate ourselves and other non-residents, to raise monetary contributions and ideas from among us to catalytically help development workers and ordinary people to help themselves achieve their freedom from hunger, deprivation, ignorance, and exploitation -- the many socio-economic & political ills. We donot have delusions of any quick, grand changes by a few of us, but we hope the movement grows among more people to steadily but surely proceed towards that lofty goal. The two facets of our goal:
a. first-hand knowledge about the issues of progress
b. volunteering opportunities
c. concrete milestones to achieve, and more.
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The structure and operation is DEMOCRATIC, EGALITARIAN and NON-SECTARIAN. At present, a few individuals have been asked or have generously taken upon themselves to provide primary leadership, coordination and to perform day-to-day, related work. A subset of these people can be contacted for more details. The SEEDS core set of volunteers and members is a dynamic list of people.
The board members.
Students who have been supported and trained over the years
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Please donate your time, thought and/or money to
the projects and activities of SEEDS. You could join firstname.lastname@example.org
for greater interaction with us. You can also become a voting member by paying
yearly dues and staying involved with SEEDS activites (yearly dues for US
members is $150; for others, please contact a board member). Your contribution
as a member, or though targetted donations to specific projects, or via your
general patronage is greatly needed and appreciated. Treasurer's address:
9819 Big Willow Ln Houston TX 77064
Transparency is a hall mark of SEEDS. In that spirit we are providing basic information to empower the public and to enable the SEEDS volunteers reach for their potential in making a positive difference. Careful thought and near-zero overhead underscore our financial approach to funding projects.
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