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Educate a poor tribal child by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

This program helps people in extreme need

Educate a poor tribal child


Every monthly donation helps educate more kids like Mansingh

Mansingh Soren is from Gopalpur village in Odisha. Mansingh lost his father and his mother works as a daily wage worker. With the meager income, it was very difficult for his mother to provide for his education.

So, his mother admitted him in KISS. With guidance and care, Mansingh started a new life. He concentrated in his studies and does well in academics. Mansingh is now in class 7. Looking at his interest in Kho-kho, he was encouraged by his coach. Mansingh participated in the Under 14 State level Kho-Kho meet where everyone appreciated his performance.

He now looks forward to his future and hopes to join the army. Your support can help poor tribal children like Mansingh achieve a better future.


By donating to this program

You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

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Program Description

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Its aim is to liberate underprivileged tribal children to come out of the bondage of ignorance and illiteracy. The illiteracy problem is further compounded by the high dropout rate in higher education which results in child labor, child marriages, and ill-health.

KISS has reached out to 20,000 children from 62 tribes of Odisha. The main objective is to develop into a center of learning for the poorest of the poor sections of the society with a focus on formal and livelihood education and scope for all-round development. KISS is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing free accommodation, food, healthcare, education vocational training and a job after completion of education.

To achieve this, KISS needs to employ qualified and empathetic teachers. By supporting the teachers' you will play a huge part in the education of tribal children.

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About The NGO

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
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Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a 25-year-old organization that was founded in Orissa as a residential tribal school with the objective of providing quality education to the tribal children to help them overcome poverty and injustice. Considering education akin to providing eyesight to the blind, the founder of the institution rode on a mission to eradicate poverty and empower the destitute sections of the society through education and sustainable livelihood preserving the tribal heritage, culture, and values.

The efforts of their strong workforce of 927 full-time staff and 1295 volunteers quickly gained momentum and started transforming the tribal areas with a student strength of crossing 25,000 and over 10000 meals served daily.

KISS was bestowed as one of the Top 10 in India and Ranked 223rd amongst the Best 500 NGOs in the World by the NGO Advisor. Further, it was also awarded the Platinum level Certification by the Guide star India for its Documentation, Financial transparency and Compliance.

KISS has persistently strived to become a preferred center of learning for the poor indigenous sections of the society with their focus on formal education aimed at providing sustainable livelihood and scope for holistic development.

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Founded in 1991
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Dr.P.K Routray

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Mid-day Meals | education

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 October, 2021

Educate to beat Poverty


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Our biggest milestones have been delivering dry ration(Grocery) to 29000 students (20800 school children & 8200 College students) studying in KISS at their door step every month since April 2020 to Aug 2021. We have been providing online education to all students from class 1 to post graduation through Internet, Whatsapp & TV broadcast (Kalinga TV). We have covered all 30 districts across Orissa with 29000 students impacted. Maintaining their academic activities & nutrition through above stated measures has been our prime focus.

Challenges faced and next steps

Due to Covid Pandemic students are staying at their respective homes and inducing them to observe health & hygiene restriction for themselves and their family members has been difficult. All the students have been allocated to various teachers & faculty members for regular counseling relating to studies & hygiene. Our aim is to the continue aforesaid strategy of providing nutritious food, counseling for health & online coaching till the school is allowed to function normally by the Government.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: Surmila Gamanga is a young student of this dynamic institution. She hails from the distant tribal area of Gajapati district and belongs to the famous Sabar tribe. The Sabar’s are a much recognized tribe of Odisha. Surmila is proud of her ethnic bearings but wants to live in a city and have the amenities of a city life which her village is not able to provide. She is very grateful to the management of KISS allowing them to come to their beloved KISS and providing constant sustenance during the Pandemic Covid-19 period by sending not only books but also dry food packets to help them in their time of need. Her family was facing a lot of financial crises due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Her father is a tailor in the village as well as in a small shop in a nearby town sometimes and lost his job due to the lockdown there was no means of livelihood. So everyone in her family including her small brother and sisters worked in the farm land). But getting by was very difficult and many times there was no food and they used to eat only once a day. Surmila was very worried about the future and missed all the facilities in her beloved KISS. Surmila is a good student with interest to know more. She was unable to attend classes from the beginning as her family did not give her access to a cell phone. But after counseling from her class teacher and encouragement from her friends she finally got a cell phone to attend classes. She regularly attends classes. It was a new experience and many times very confusing and problematic due to poor network. Now, she understands clearly what is being taught by the teachers. Whenever she finds any difficulties, the teachers are quick to explain again. She believes she will do well in the upcoming exams despite the loss in studies with the help of her teachers.

23 March, 2021

Education during COVID 19 Pandemic


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KISS has always given emphasis to its students’ interest than anything else. Be it delivering books, ration, Dresses, Sanitary Napkin (For female students) and essential commodities or imparting education through Digital mode during this Covid-19 pandemic. Online classes have been imparted to the students through Whatsapp and Zoom, E- Learning classes have also been organized through Kalinga TV, Books as well as study Material are specially designed and sent to the Student. Ranjit naik, a student of KISS nominated to participated the selection camp of Tokio Olympic in Archery. Indian Rugby idol, Sumitra Nayak has been selected to represent India in the Asia Rugby Unstoppable Campaign. A virtual session on 'Coping with stress during Covid-19' was organized by NSS, wing of KISS on the occasion of the NSS Foundation Day on 24th September 2020. KISS organized a national webinar on the topic ‘Stock Market Reaction to Covid-19: Strategies for Navigating the Future’. The experts opined that the sentiment in the stock markets across the world is gloomy due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A Webinar was also organized on ‘Indigenous Culture of India: Diversities and Commonalities’. KISS observed International Literacy Day on 8th September 2020. The event assumed special significance considering global disruption to the education system due to Covid-19 related closures. The student of KISS have posted an impressive performance by achieving 99.90% result in +2 Arts, 100% Result in +2 Commerce, Examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha this academic session. We thanks Give India for constantly support KISS and all its endeavors.

5 July, 2020

Showing the Pathways


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Showing the Pathways

Two Satellite Centers of KISS were inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha in the districts of Mayurbhanj and Balangir. The aim is to provide a platform to the poor tribal children and help them in getting required skill and education.
This year record Number of KISS students (1920 Nos.) appeared in the 10th Board Examination (Odisha Board) in this year.
KISS was recently visited by dignitaries like, Mr Arujun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, Eminent sports personality Mr. Leander Paes (Padma Shri) and Australian Women hockey team.
International Science day was celebrated at KISS with great enthusiasm. Eighty students of KISS have qualified for the final round for Mathematics Olympiad.
71st republic day was celebrated in KISS with great pomp and ceremony.

19 November, 2019

The happiness amidst hardships


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The happiness amidst hardships

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Guardian meet was celebrated on 29th January 2019 in KISS with great Pump and about 50 thousand guardians gathered in the ceremony at KISS Campus Premises. Guardians were informed about the importance of education and achievement of the students in KISS.
Utkal Dibas was celebrated on 1st April 2019 in KISS. Students were asked to Participate in different activities. On the occasion, teachers and other dignitaries from The Samaj (Primer Odia Daily News Paper) attended the Program and they have explained the importance of Utkal Dibas to the students. Students of different classes have also visited Nandanakanan Zoo and Botanical garden as part of the exposure visit. In the next Quarter, it is planned to organize a teacher refresher Course in KISS.

Story from the field

Pinky Murmu is a santal tribal girl from kendujahr District of Odisha. She is parentless. Both of them have died when she was very young. She has four Siblings and she was the youngest one but there was no one to take care of her. Poverty has taken its toll. She was brought to KISS by her distance relatives who had some idea about KISS. Pinky was very Uncomfortable in the beginning but slowly she adjusted her with the environment & is now very happy at KISS. The facilities at KISS have helped to grow her to be a confident child. She helps her friends in every possible was. She participates in different curricular activities in the class. She is very Punctual in the class and takes good care of her health. She is also good at her study. She is good in English and likes to read different story books. All teachers like her because she is an obedient and hard working girl. She also learns art and tailoring under the vocational wing of KISS. She wants to be a Teacher in the future and teach the poor student and bring light to their lives. She thanks the Donor Agency and KISS for providing her the opportunity to read at KISS. Otherwise it would have not possible in her part to see a dream for the future.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?19000
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date19000
Village/City/State where project is locatedBhubaneswar
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19960000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD949010434

23 May, 2019


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Program Update

As a part of the program, students are provided with free residential facility along with nutritious food, free book and stationeries, uniform, medical care, exposure to various programs like life skill education program, english access program etc. Under this program we also provide exposure to the student by visiting places of importance. Students interact with different personalities and people to expand their knowledge. Performances of the student are monitored by the teachers to ensure good academic practices. In the month of November a science exhibition was organized for the students. All the students of the class participated in the exhibition.

Story from the field

Jinita Tuika is Kandha tribal girl from Rayagada District of Odisha. She was in class 2 when her father passed away Due to poverty her mother works as a daily labor to manage the expense of family. Her family has five members. Under this condition it was very difficult on the part of Jinita to pursue her study. One after another his brother and sister became dropouts from school due to lack of resources. But Jinita did not lose hope and she tried to find the way to continue her study. In the mean time she came to know about Kalinga Institute of social sciences (KISS) and asked her mother to admit her here. Her admission in the KISS has changed her life. Here she get all the assurance of good facilities without any cost. Hence she concentrated in her study . Her performance now is very good . She also excels in Drawing and participates in the drawing competition at various level. She Keeps good care of her health and is very punctual in the class. By nature she is very helpful to all of her classmate. She has keen interest to read story book also. Jinita aims to be a doctor. For all the achievement she gives credit to KISS and the donor. Without which it would have not been possible.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date78
Village/City/State where project is locatedBhubaneswar
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191334800000
Total Expenses for the project YTD133050000

28 February, 2018

KISS gets awarded University Status


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In the month of August, the institute was accorded with ‘University’ Status which will be instrumental in providing higher education and training to poor tribal youth. Many important days of national and international importance were observed by the students of the Institute.

Between August 2017 and December 2017, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences played host to the visits of many dignitaries such as Dr. Justice Dalbir Bhandari and His Holiness Dalai Lama.