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Sponsor the mid day meal of a poor tribal child

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Subash is young boy from a poor tribal village in Orissa. His parents hardly earned and could not even afford the basic necessities of their family.

They did not send Subash to school and there were days with no food on the table. Subash’s life seemed hopeless until he was brought to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.

The institute gives him education free of cost. They also provide three meals and a snack every day. This gives him the needed nutrition to learn and grow. He also gets the energy he needs to take part in after-school activities.

Tribal children across India do not have access to basic requirements such as nutrition and healthcare. It is necessary that they receive these so that they can study, earn a living and break the cycle of poverty.

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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 out of the bondage of ignorance and illiteracy. The illiteracy problem is compounded by the high dropout rate. Problems like delinquency, child labor, and exploitation, child marriages, ill-health, unemployment, etc. are always on a rise due to lack of education and employment.

The main objective of this program is to focus on providing nutritious meals for the children in the institute for all-round development. The children are served breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner. Additional nutritional supplements are also provided to students if required. Today KISS is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing education, accommodation, food, and healthcare. KISS has reached out to 20,000 children from 62 tribes of Odisha.

Your donation will support the entire meal requirements of a poor tribal child for a year.

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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
NGO Leadership

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

22 September, 2023

An update on the program you are supporting


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Total number of beneficiaries impacted was 19400 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha with 60% being females

Challenges faced and next steps

A few updates from the nonprofit: KISS wins the prestigious UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2022. KISS students score 100% pass results in +2 Board exams in Arts, Science and Commerce KISS students score 100% pass results in the 10th Board Exams 3 more Satellite Centers have been started in Odisha (Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi), Baripada(Mayurbhanj) and Bolangiri

Stories from the ground

Nandini Hessa was not in good health and safe during this pandemic period. She and her family members face a lot of financial problem during COVID-19. Even sometimes they are not able to get food to eat. Her parents are daily labour. The income of her parents is not sufficient to take care of the requirements of the school going children. Nandini�s parents had great determination to provide schooling to their kids. They showed their sincerity by sending their children to study in KISS, when they came to know about it. The facilities at KISS helped Nandini a lot to pursue her study at KISS. Free residential education with food, uniform, medical care and host of other facilities for the students have brought her confidence and a sense of great security. Like every child in the school, Nandini also gets nutritious food for four times in a day. She also takes interest in learning stitching and attends tailoring classes. Her aim in life is to be a teacher.

23 January, 2023

Half Yearly Impact Report


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

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 tribal in the world, providing free accommodation, food, healthcare, education vocational training and a job after completion of education. Nutritious food is provided to students four times a day. Breakfast to the students is provided early on the morning. The items provided in the breakfast are milk with cornflakes/ Poha/ Upma. In the lunch the items provided are rice, dal and one curry. On Sundays and other holidays Chiken/ Fish/ Egg curry with rice are provided. During Saraswati Puja, Ganesh puja and other festive occasions, special meals are also served to all the student that contain Rice, Dal, two vegetable curry, and Kheer. In the evening snacks students are provided with Sev Chuda Bhaja/ Biscuits/ Mixture & Mudhi. In the dinner normally rice, dal and vegetable curry are provided to all the students. Apart from that on special occasions special meals are served to them. To activate the aforesaid goals KISS has establish a school at Bhubaneswar with a capacity of 29,000 children studying from class -1 to Post Graduation and 4 more campuses at Balasore, Baripada, Bhawanipatna and Balangiri with capacity of 1,000 each for impacting free residential education from class-1 to 10 ( matriculation). We need liberal financial help from various charity of the Society to find the said operational. The effort of our organization is to provide them the best of facilities and give them an edge in this competitive world. Apart from classroom education, we provide life skill education program, Adolescent Reproductive sexual Health ((ARSH) Program, Mother tongue education program in five tribal languages, English access program etc. Vocational education is an integral part of our program. We ensure all the students to go through at least one vocational training to be employable after the completion of their education. We provide equal importance to sports in the curriculum. Our students have done very well in sports and represented at national and international level. Currently, the organization has around 29000 students in different classes. To keep the high standard of our program we follow the rules and regulations very strictly. Teachers are asked to motivate the children with special care, as most of the students are first generation learners. Students are taken to various places outside the campus to visit and learn things from their experience. Rewards and prizes are given to motivate the students for the pursuit of excellence in their chosen field. Milestones achieved Delivering of dry ration (Grocery) to all of 29000 students (20800 school children & 8200 College students) studying in KISS at their door step every month starting April 2020 to April 2022. Online education to all students from class 1 to post graduation through internet, whatsapp & TV medium (Kalinga TV) Entire Orissa. i.e all 30 district 29000 students impacted. Maintaining their academic activities & nutrition through above stated measures. 100% result in class 10th Board Examination in 2022.

Challenges faced and next steps

Vision of the organization To build up KISS as a preferred centre 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. Mission of the organization To eradicate poverty and empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through holistic education and providing them with sustainable livelihood Goal of the organization Looking at the dismal scenario of the tribal, education in Orissa, it was realized that education is the best way to empower the tribal people that constitute about one quarter of the total population of Orissa. Empowerment of tribal population through education and training so as to bring a qualitative change in their lives by ensuring them of a livelihood. Plan of the organization To cover layer number of students though Bhubaneswar and 20 district school of Odisha, thereby helping 1 million people directly / indirectly (which is KISS students, Alumni and there family member)

Stories from the ground

Dulari Soren, a student of Class IX. She is from Jharkhand. She is a very simple and hard working girl. They are four sisters and brothers. Among them she is elder. At first she studied in her village. Then she came to know about KISS from her one of uncle. So her father admitted her in KISS standard- II, 2015. Due to COVID pandemic situation, School and hostel are closed. So she is living with her family and helping them in house hold work and in farming. Her father is a bicycle mechanic and also doing farming and her mother is a house maker. She is also guiding her younger brothers and sisters in studiers. She is studying in KISS since last 7 years. Besides study, she is good at Adivasi dance and teaches small children of her village. Now she is suffering from fever. But she is taking medicines and get well soon. she wants to be a teacher in future. This year he was selected to participate in State level championship quiz Completion. Dulari is very punctual and regular in the class. Now he dreams to be a good doctor in future. According to her it would have not been possible without the support of KISS. She thanks the donor for the help she receives for her education at KISS

19 July, 2022

Struggle Today, Strength Tomorrow


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Delivering of dry ration (Grocery) through 29000 students (20800 school children & 8200 College students) studying in KISS at their doorstep every month starting April 2020 to Aug 2021.

  • Online education to all students from class 1 to post-graduation through the internet, WhatsApp & TV broadcast (Kalinga TV)
  • Entire Orissa. i.e all 30 district
  • 29000 students impacted.
  • Maintaining their academic activities & nutrition through above-stated measures.

Challenges faced and next steps

The funds received have been properly utilized in terms of facilitating dry food, study materials and other amenities to the students in their respective communities, obeying appropriate COVID-19 guidelines. The materials are sent to the students in a phased manner to different remote tribal districts of the state. Some awareness campaigns have been made to educate the students as well as their parents to sensitize them on taking appropriate measures to avoid the spreading of the Covid-19 virus. The activities have been organized by the in-house staff members along with the alumni to sensitize people. The goal/aim is to ensure that all the students get appropriate online education along with receiving the food, study materials and other things in their respective areas. In the next 6 months, our target is to reach all the students and provide them with all the facilities that they were getting while on the campus as the students are sent to their respective homes due to increasing cases of COVID-19.

Stories from the ground

Bhisma Majhi is a boy who belongs to the Gonda community. He is from the BANKAPALASA village of Kalahandi District. Bhisma’s father is very poor. He has to depend upon the act of Witchcraft. His income is not enough to meet all the requirements of his family. But he has decided to send all his children to schools and colleges. At present three out of five of his children are going to different schools. Bhisma and his brother are studying here whereas their sister is in another school. It was a good time for Bhisma when his father heard about this school from his friends and relatives. Cost-free education and availability of good residential facilities have taken away half his worries. He likes the method of teaching here. While at the village he could not understand the real value of education, what benefit it can provide. But here he started to realise the need for education in the present day. He wants to be an Engineer in future. For him, the education of both elderly people and women is very much essential. He wants many types of educational programmes to be implemented in his village. After his studies, he wants to support his villagers. Take the initiative for different developmental works in his village. He is very grateful to the KISS management for allowing them to come to their beloved KISS and providing constant sustenance during the COVID19 period by sending not only books but also dry food packets to help them in their time of need.

5 October, 2021

Sponsor the meals of a poor tribal child


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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: Rukmani Majhi is an intelligent girl of the Kondha tribe. Being from the culturally rich tribal group of Odisha, she is very proud of her heritage especially after joining KISS and seeing how the whole world is eager to know more about her tribe. During lockdown she faced a very difficult time and realized how lucky she was when she was in KISS. For many months her father was unable to do any work and they faced poverty like never before. Her younger siblings were also very afraid of this new disease along with her and everyone else in her village. The people of her village are very poor and depend on agriculture and daily wage labor. After the lockdown was lifted everyone in her family had to work in whatever work they could get especially in the farming field. The food packets sent by KISS Management saved them from many hungry days. Due to all this her studies suffered a lot she could not attend classes as she was working with her parents and also the network in her village was very poor. She along with her brother and sisters used to go to higher point to get proper network. After coming back to KISS her life has become more stable and structured. The classes and doubts clearing by teachers in the class really help her to understand everything easily. She is very worried about what her result will be in the upcoming exam. She is a little upset of not being able to see her parents for so long but understands the value of education and staying safe. She practices the cleanliness habits taught by her mentor and teachers religiously. The constant supervision by the teachers is very helpful as she feels there is someone constantly to guide her and help her. She is very happy to be back as in her village she faced many hardships like working so hard in field to going hungry. She feels taken care of and provided in KISS and believes she will do well in her exam.

23 March, 2021

Distribution of Food Material 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

Promoting education among poor tribal students by providing Food, Shelter and other necessities


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Promoting education among poor tribal students by providing Food, Shelter and other necessities

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 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.

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

We have a separate department to look after the preparation of food for the children. Groups constituted by senior officials of the organization frequently meet and decide about the status of the program. Items are procured and prepared in a very hygienic environment. We have steam based cooking arrangement for preparing the food. Food is distributed with help of devoted as well as dedicated staff and student volunteers. Non vegetarian items like Fish/ Chicken/ Egg are prepared at least once a week and distributed among the students in the Lunch and Dinner. In other festive occasions, a special food menu is followed and varieties of foods are prepared for the students. A separate budget is always earmarked for providing food to the children. We also educate children to wash their hands before eating and drink sufficient water after taking their meals.

Story from the field

Amar Mallick is a ‘Kandha’ tribal boy from Gajapati district of Odisha. His father Purna Mallick is a small farmer. Amar has two sisters & one brother. All his brothers and sisters study at their village school. The parents were burdened by their Poverty. So, it was difficult for them to spend money for the good education of their children. Like other parents, they had a dream to see their children grow to become successful persons in life. Hence, they decided to admit Amar in KISS, so that he can continue his study and can make a better future for himself. The free residential education with other facilities like free nutritious food, vocational training, free coaching, health care etc. have highly motivated Amar. The free and nutritious food contains snacks in the morning and meals in the noon and in the night. In the breakfast he is provided with milk & conflakes/ Poha/ Upma following the menu of the hostel. In the lunch he is provided with rice, dal and subji of different combinations. On Sundays and some other days, like other students he is also provided with Chicken/ Fish/ Egg curry with rice. In the evening snacks he is provided with Chuda Bhaja/ Biscuits/ Mixture & Puffed rice like all other students. Now he is very happy that he can pursue his education without any worry. Amar is a very good student. His favourite subjects are literature (English) & Science. He also goes to vocational wing to learn drawing. His hobby is playing Cricket. He aims to be a Doctor. He thanks the donor for the help he has been getting to pursue his study at KISS without which it would have not been possible.

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

28 February, 2018

KISS gets awarded University Status


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In October, the children were served special festive meals and extra desserts on occasions like Saraswati Puja, Durga Puja, and other festivals.

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.

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