About Us



ADHAR is a civil society organization working in the poorest region of Western Orissa State in India since 1992. The main focus of the organization is social inclusion and social accountability. 

ADHAR’s vision is to have an inclusive society where every person would live a life with dignity, where there is no discrimination, inequality and disparity between gender, class, caste, race or creed.



A just society where the poor, deprived, excluded and marginalized have equal access and control over their rights and entitlements, resources and institutions, in order to lead a life with dignity.


Facilitating and augmenting social inclusion as well as an accountable and responsive governance system through partnership with other like minded NGO’s, CBO’s and Alliances in order to reduce vulnerability among under privilege social groups which will lead to social equity and justice.




Vulnerable children in Titlagarh, District of Bolangir, Western Orissa, India





Background of ADHAR as an Organization

In 1992, a group of self-motivated intellectuals, armed with the spirit of Volunteerism and Ghandian ideology and spirit pooled together their resources and ideals in organizing a foundation to help build a base for development in the grassroots communities in Western Orissa, India, thus, ADHAR was created.

ADHAR literally means “best foundation” in Oriya and Hindi languages.

The geographical area within which ADHAR operates is complex, diverse and prone to security risks.  The operational area for ADHAR is also considered among the most backward regions of India, popularly known as the KBK regions of Orissa State (Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput Districts). 

These parts of the region of the rural India remain neglected by the State Government and the country’s mainstream development organizations for generations.







Children selling corn in Bolangir District town market


Some development initiatives made by a few agencies in the past did not have any considerable impact in the improvement of the quality of lives and the augmentation of the sources of livelihood of the people even after nearly six (6) decades of Indian independence.


Faced with the considerable amount of challenges, ADHAR remains one, if not, the best foundation since the year 1992 in Western Orissa, that is aimed at creating a base for development.


  Map from http://www.mapsofindia.com


Operational Areas of ADHAR:


ADHAR operated in seven (7) Blocks of Bolangir District and Western Orissa, namely;

Loisingha                 Patnagarh

Tureikela                  Titlagarh

Bolangir                   Saintala 



about6.jpgVulnerable women and children in Kaprakhol Block of Bolangir District in the State of Orissa in India


Legal Status of ADHAR

Registered under Society Registration Act of 1860 bearing number 1593/96, Dated 2nd December 1992.

Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976, bearing number -104840035 Dated 11th February 1998.

Registered under Section 12A of Income Tax Act 1961 registration number 140/2004-2005 Dated 11th October 2004.

Registered under u/s 80-G of the IT Act of 1961.




ADHAR has recently been a recipient of the Certification of Accreditation on Desirable Norms by the Credibility Alliance.




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