Community Organisation for Oppressed and Depressed Upliftment (COODU the acronym in Tamil means nest) was initiated in 1995 by a group of research scholars in their early years of social work.

It actually began as an answer to the travails of thousands of street children and juvenile delinquents in the states rapidly growing cities. Studying their poor socio-economic conditions and providing insights to planners and policy makers through various forums, workshops and seminars paved the way for establishment of COODU.

Gradually, the organisation began to answer to the needs of all oppressed sections of society besides children. Women were the focus of several programmes as they were marginalised, victimised and vulnerable to physical and economic exploitation.

This ushered in the launch of large scale watershed projects aiming at improving the basic needs of the poor – food, clothing and shelter.

Through the eighteen years of its vibrant existence, COODU has done pioneering work in the fields of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federation of women Self Help Groups, Water and Sanitation (through the successful Clean Village Campaign), Environment Development (Jatropha plantations for converting to bio-diesel), Solid Waste Management (conversion of solid wastes into Organic Manure and Power Generation from solid waste) and public health and HIV/ AIDS Care and Support Services.



Empower the oppressed and marginalized sections of the society thereby providing them with long-term avenues for growth and socio-economic development



Fight relentlessly for the cause of the oppressed and the poorest of the poor in society to ensure that they get their due share and enhance their quality of life.

Adopt participatory; gender-based; rights-based approaches to seek, identify and solve problems of the marginalized; weakest sections, especially women.

Apply the AC Convergence Model of growth & development to provide integrated services to the people at the grassroots level by dovetailing the benefits of several programmes aimed at them.

Use state-of-the-art technology and transfer such technology to the urban & rural masses so they may benefit from such technological innovations removing people from the clutches of poverty and indebtedness.