Rev. Chandra Sekhar Swain and his wife Dr. Susmita Das, have been working for the last 15 years in the urban, rural and tribal belt regions of Odisha, India. They have reached many people in Odisha as well other parts of North India with the Gospel. Rev. Swain comes from the second highest caste in Hinduism. He is a theologian as well as a social worker. He has spent many years teaching at a seminary in the urban sector, training grassroots Christian workers in rural sectors and planting churches in the tribal belt of Odisha. He has completed his PhD research at Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences. His wife, Dr. Das is a lecturer in Home Science and her passion is to serve underprivileged people in India. She has worked with NSS and other NGOs, and also writes for scholarly journals, specifically pertaining to child and women development.
Vision India is a flexible, diversified, holistic, lifelong, structured, education program directed toward imparting knowledge, Christian spiritual principles, skills, character, and attitude towards needs-oriented groups of people to bring about meaningful and measurable change.
Our vision is to be a catalyst that brings change to the lives of children, youth and women, who are underprivileged. By addressing the real needs at the grassroots level, we want to engage proactively in the philosophy of Civic Driven Change.
- Our chief aim is to dignify a person’s identity and to strengthen the talents and competencies of men, women, and children living in marginalized conditions.
- Vision India provides and multiplies theological education for men and women through an outreach that is inclusive of sound counselling and biblical leadership training skills for native workers.
- To meet the needs of children, we offer informal educational centers with robust academic and educationally enriching opportunities that allow them to become assimilated into mainstream schools.
- We dynamically develop programs for women in the tribal belt through adult education in health and hygiene, homemaking skills, and various economically self-sustaining training centers that empower women to live with confidence, strength, independence, and marketable skills.
- We form alliances with the government, national and international institutions, bilateral and multilateral organizations in order to share resources and knowledge, and to complement and supplement the efforts of these institutions.
- We engage the corporate sector in welfare initiatives by linking their business competitiveness and social contributions, wherever befitting, to make the engagement sustainable.
- We help make privileged citizens, including opinion makers and mass media, aware of the need to participate in the social driven change through various forms of engagement.