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CSS has been fighting against poverty and poverty-related issues in India for more than a decade. We have created meaningful change in the lives of more than 250,000 people across 10 states, 12 districts and one union territory through a team of 130 people and strategic partnerships with civil society organizations and other international partner agencies.

Throughout its history, CSS has provided tremendous amounts of humanitarian assistance in India. CSS conducted large scale relief work after:

  • The massive earthquake in Kasti Khrud and Latur, Maharashtra: 1993;
  • The super cyclone in Orissa: 2001
  • The horrific tsunami in Andaman: December 2004
  • The floods in Maharashtra: 2005
  • The floods in Gujarat: 2006
  • The floods in UP & Bihar: 2007
  • The floods in Bihar & Orissa: 2008
  • The floods in Bihar, Gujarat and Karnataka: 2009
  • The cloud burst at Leh, J&K: 2010
  • The floods in Kurundwad & Sangli region, Maharashtra and Orissa: 2011
  • Drought Relief Response, Maharashtra: 2012 - 2013
  • Flood Relief Response, Uttarakhand: 2013

Today, we have made a conscious shift from need-based programming to rights-based programming aimed at addressing underlying causes of poverty.

CSS’s programs in the fields of health, education, environment, ecology and disaster relief and mitigation, HIV prevention, livelihood and holistic development for women, children and marginalized communities have helped to develop lasting solutions to poverty by strengthening the most vulnerable populations.

This has been done by meeting basic needs; improving equity, especially gender equity, through influencing households and community institutions; and influencing the environment within which decisions are rooted.

‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40 NRSV