CYSD (Centre for Youth and Social Development) works for the development of deprived and marginalized people in the remotest areas of Odisha. With a vision of facilitating a society where communities are able to make their own choices, meet their survival needs and lead a self-reliant and sustainable life with dignity, CYSD aims to reach out as an enabling institution to improve quality of life of deprived communities.
Since the year 1985, CYSD has worked in partnership with communities. It has come up with work centers on women’s self-help saving groups; introduced sustainable agricultural practices; increased people’s participation in local self-governance; improved enrolment, retention and the quality of teaching in primary schools. As an organisation, it focuses on Primary Education, Sustainable Livelihood and Participatory Governance. It also addresses issues such as disaster management, health and sanitation, child rights, and on HIV/AIDS prevention while focusing on women and children in particular.
With a uniquely holistic approach of working directly with communities to improve quality of life, the organization has conducted extensive research studies into a variety of issues concerning poor and tribal people in Orissa, and has published the same to influence the public and policy makers to initiate change.
CYSD began its disaster response programme in 1999 when the Super Cyclone devastated the coastal districts of Odisha. Since then, CYSD has been closely involved in relief and rehabilitation work during the floods in Odisha in 2001, 2003 and 2006, and in Tamil Nadu following the Tsunami. It is an active member of VANI (Voluntary Action Network India) and the Credibility Alliance, with a view to enhance good governance in the voluntary sector.
Stretched from over a humble beginning to where CYSD stands today, it is poised to spread its wings further to embark upon another long spell of eventful journey.