ASSCOD is a voluntary organization working for social and economic development in the rural areas of Kancheepuram and Thiruvannamalai Districts in Tamil Nadu, India. The team is focused on working mainly with the grassroots need gap - women and families from the deprived sections of the society such as the lower castes, who are especially vulnerable to poverty, social injustice, illiteracy and poor health.
Founded in 1994, ASSCOD started its operations with core concentration on the health issues of the poor people in Tamilnadu, India. The organization made greater impact after expanding its focus on promoting the social and economic development of the rural poor, especially through the empowerment of women, education and disaster management. ASSCOD identified the weak links in the development of an empowered society and robust economy. Since 2003, ASSCOD’s centered its approach around the concept of self-help groups: organizing women into small groups, encouraging micro-savings and credit, and imparting skills and awareness training to its beneficiaries.
Furthermore, ASSCOD is committed to helping people in other ways as new opportunities and needs arise, and so in response to the Tsunami that devastated most of coastal regions Tamil Nadu in year 2004, ASSCOD collaborated with other development organizations in the regions to assist the disaster-hit individuals and families in a variety of ways. ASSCOD is also dedicated to working closely with smaller, local NGOs and supporting and promoting their efforts.
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