Overview of the ORDO
The ORDO is a non-profit, secular, non-sectarian, non-political, non-governmental organisation, registered in 1984 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. The Head Office is at Tamei. Due to inconvenience of communication, the ORDO has its Mailing and Branch Administrative Office at Imphal. There is an Executive Board to govern it having statutory character.
The ORDO exists to work in partnership with the appropriate agencies to promote holistic health and rural development, and to initiate the empowerment of the poor tribal communities.
The ORDO's guiding philosophy is rooted in the ethical value of caring for our planet and all life that it sustains now and in the future. The ORDO is committed to making a contribution towards the creation of an equitable society based on mutual obligations and responsibilities in which development patterns will satisfy the shared needs and aspirations of all people and respect the earth's living system and natural resources.
The ORDO works and supports for all people without distinction of caste, tribe, creed, race, religion, nationality and place of origin. The area of operation covers Manipur state. The ORDO was established under the inspiration of the depressed tribal communities, and it aims to improve the quality of life of the tribal poor in the hill areas through rural reconstruction, conservation of biodiversity and regeneration of the degraded environment and ecosystems. In order to achieve its potential goals, it attempts to initiate rural integrated development, micro-finance programme for SHGs, agriculture, afforestations, agro-forestry, horticulture, natural resources management, rural housing, healthcare, prevention, care and control of HIV/AIDS, herbal immunity boosters for HIV positive people, documentation, animal husbandry, agro-based programmes to change the old-type of cultivation from jhum (shift and burn) and rehabilitation programmes, research on the efficacy of the medicinal plants under the LHT, AYUSH and others.
- To promote local initiatives for sustainable, equitable agriculture and rural development keeping in mind the global impact on the environment due to destructive practice of jhum. And to care for the uncared, to reach the un-reached, the disabled, the destitute children, women, widows, children orphaned due to AIDS and communal conflicts & clashes.
- To reach the underprivileged poor through the SHGs with focus on tribal women who are living hand to mouth coupled with crop-failure, natural calamities, drought and monsoon failure and famine due to soil-erosion and heavy landslides. And to improve the health and well-being of low income families and individuals through the scheme of the micro-finance, vocational skill trainings and others including healthcare herbal research.