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Dr. Kshama Metre Nominated for 2012 Guardian International Achievement Award

By Vinod Sharma

Dr. Kshama Metre, pediatrician, and National Director of the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) is one of five finalists nominated for the 2012 Guardian International Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Dr. Metre, or Dr. Didi as she is more affectionately known as, was so inspired by Swami Chinmayananda’s call to service that as a young doctor she decided to dedicate her life to serving the poor in rural India. Through 30 years of faith, love and relentless hard work her small clinic has grown into CORD, an organization for the empowerment of women. Today CORD and its holistic programs of self-upliftment for the rural and impoverished of India have crossed social, economic, and political boundaries, offering exceptional service to over 600 villages, 45,000 participating villagers and 250,000 beneficiaries. Plans are underway to replicate this winning recipe to communities across the country.

This summer, 25 teenagers from Chinmaya Mission Centers from across the United States got to meet Dr. Didi and experience results of her life’s Mission in Sidhbari, Northern India and its surrounding villages. They were inspired to see the results of Dr. Didi’s relentless battle with the harsh realities of rural India’s poverty, illiteracy, and gender discrimination to harness human resources to enable the poor to transform their lives through programs driven by them.

Ingredients of Dr. Didi’s recipe for loving service include: empowering without sliding into self-esteem draining welfare, focusing on the ability within the disability, socializing not institutionalizing the disabled, self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship, pragmatic goal setting, innovation, all offered with an unwavering commitment to the core values of honesty, parity, patience, faith and love. The young American visitors saw firsthand how CORD field workers’ lovingly yet dispassionately reached out to beneficiaries who are easily forgotten, understood their unique circumstances, advised them of available options based on an honest acceptance of their personal situations, and guided them through their personal journey toward self-sufficiency and fulfillment.

To support Dr. Kshama Metre win the Guardian International Development Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, register your vote at

Voting lines open from September 7 to October 8.

For more information about CORD or to make donations to CORD Sidhbari, visit or call Rupa Makecha at 281-804-0408



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