A Change Catalyst since 1993
Sustainable Economic & Educational Development Society (SEEDS)
Who We Are
Promote educational and economic progress and development of the very needy in the state of Odisha, India and other parts of the world in general.
Financially and technically support development that is SUSTAINABLE (long-term, self-supporting, and environmentally non-predatory), NON-VIOLENT (without brute force), DEMOCRATIC, EQUITABLE (fair and just, more for the needy) and DECENTRALIZED (not imposed from above, grass-roots, and local/native solutions).
Support development and education that fosters awareness about rights and responsibilities among the people it seeks to help as well as among its own members, thus emphasizing a participatory consciousness.
A Few Recent Activities
Year 2020 imposed a special challenge because of the Covid -19 pandemic, lockdowns causing loss of livelihoods, and problems aggravated by cyclones and flooding in North Odisha. Our relief volunteers, working with several local nonprofit organizations provided food, medicine, masks, and safety awareness to the neediest. We supported small scale women entrepreneurs in making masks for distribution in rural areas. We supported the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) to document the plights of migrant workers and connect them with help. We also supported several partner organizations to bring much needed relief to the areas affected by severe flooding during the pandemic. Now, in 2021, as the new variant has created a severe shortage of oxygen, we have procured two oxygen concentrators and are working to make them available for life saving use.
Spearheaded by Prof. Priyadarsan Patra, a low-cost small electronic library, a learning system, and a network of computers was created that will benefit students and the citizenry at large around Adasapur in the Niali area. We partnered with the Gramina Sevak Samaj (GSS) group that has rented space and made it suitable for housing the library and computer center, and getting electricity and internet connection. Prof. Patra built the network of computers where the learning system was installed.
A Multipurpose Hall for a High School
Construction started to augment the existing infrastructure of the Mukhura High School in Balasore to allow seminars, meetings, and events in addition to usage as class rooms.