CHESTA’s approach and direction is directly informed and influenced by the people in the programme communities. As a non-political, secular organisation CHESTA works across religion, caste and gender to unite people and communities to work together in identifying common needs, solutions, objectives and activities for development. Though working and living in the villages of the programme areas, we are able to propagate people-centred and community-shared initiatives for sustainable development in the key areas of livelihood, health and HIV. Each family in the programme communities is mobilised to be part of the Community Development Project, and act as the main drivers of development. Each community has an assigned Project Leader who lives in the community and works directly with community volunteers and educators, self-help groups and village committees with the aim of empowering them with the skills and knowledge to address and fulfill their immediate needs and their long-term aspirations through community-owned action plans. We maintain a strong networking relationship with CBOs and other civil society organisations which gives the CHESTA family access to local, state and national-level platforms for joint advocacy and lobby.

Chesta a works in 350 villages across 9 districts of odisha,kandhamal,lNayagarh,Rayagada,Koraput,Nabarangapur,
Malkangiri and Puri. CHESTA remains as the implementing agency since its inception from the year 1997.It carries out
the research, monitoring, evaluation survey work all through its 16 years of experience. Now CHESTA has decided to
converge its research work and the rich experience in the implementing the program directly at the field level and continues
to work in a wide range of programme initiatives from Health, agro-forestry to participatory governance. However, in
response to the major challenges faced by the communities we focus on principal project areas:

Project areas

  • Livelihood and income generation including microfinance training.
  • Vocational training for young people who have not been able to complete secondary education.
  • Early Childhood Care and Development & prepared the deprived children for school going.
  • Advocacy and Lobby for Primary and Secondary none school going children and drop outs.
  • Reproductive & Child Health/SRH and HIV awareness and establish a strong referral system on health.
  • Bio Diversity and Environment Protection.
  • Research , documentation , monitoring and evaluation.