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SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY

The Change Catalysts

aka SEEDS   |   Houston, TX   |  www.seedsnet.org

Mission

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 (tolerant, without brute force), DEMOCRATIC, EQUITABLE (fair and just, more for the needy) and DECENTRALIZED (not imposed from above, grassroots, and local/native solutions). Promotes sustainable advancement of the people that are marginalized or less advantaged.

Ruling year info

2000

Founding Chair and Director

Prof. Priyadarsan Patra

Director

Mrs. Mamata Misra

Main address

9617 Mariposa St

Houston, TX 77025 USA

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EIN

74-2723080

NTEE code info

(International Development, Relief Services) (Q30)

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Mahila Shanti Sena

“Women can play a significant role in sustainable and wholesome development. When empowered, they can act as agents of change and become instruments for progress.” Says Sri Gopal Mohanty, who brought the Mahila Shanti Sena (MSS) movement to Odisha.
SEEDS has supported kick starting income generation projects benefiting women members of self-help groups by giving them small loans through the precursor of an organization called Amara Biswas, which has pioneered the nano finance concept.
Another successful women centered project of SEEDS is supporting leadership training camps for women engaged in a grassroots women’s movement called Mahila Shanti Sena (MSS) or Women’s Peace Brigade in Odisha.
The MSS training camps focus on leadership development, institution building, conflict resolution, importance of Gramsabha in ensuring participation in decision making process, exercising rights over accessing basic minimum services such as health and sanitation, safe drinking water, and education.

Population(s) Served

Flood and Cylone relief - providing assistance to people affected by flood in 2006-07 and through the subsequent years.

Population(s) Served

SEEDS has played a role in reducing gaps in access to education among the poor children in many rural and tribal areas by providing catalytic support in various ways:
School infrastructure assistance after natural disasters to prevent discontinuity in learning
Adopt a Student program, bicycles for students for easier access to school
Rural Math Talent Search (RMTS) and training camps for math talented students
Scholarships for students.

Reducing Digital Gap
SEEDS is also introducing ‘appropriate technology’ in rural areas without the Internet to reduce the widening digital gap and improve access to information through its eLibrary initiative. The Mahatma Gandhi eLibrary is our most recent addition. In the words of Prof. Priyadarshan Patra, the creator of the eLibrary initiative:

“eLibraries-in-a-box” systems and flexible components but have tried to keep it low cost, low-power, and low-footprint where computing or internet is scarce.

Population(s) Served

Pala, the ballad singing tradition of Odisha, is a unique form of performing art, which once occupied the space in coastal Odisha as a cardinal source of entertainment. It was a story telling tradition that combined music of classical and folk forms, comedy and drama, epic literature in Sanskrit and lucid metaphors in folk language, erudition with benighted comments, and synthesis of Islamic and Sufi tradition with Hindu tradition. The form which had dominated the scene once had to yield space to cinema and TV to the extent that it suffered near extinction. SEEDS has helped in the creation of a “cultural infrastructure”

Population(s) Served

The pandemic lockdowns caused severe loss of learning in the remote tribal areas of western Odissa where education was poor to begin with. Agragamee, an NGO in Nuapada, is intervening to bridge this gap by training youth volunteers of ages 15-17, who have completed 10th grade, to become Edu-volunteers, to work with children of ages 6-14 years by establishing Village Learning Centers, each center supporting 50 children from nearby communities. This effort has created a love of learning, joy in reading, and reduced fear and stress of going back to school in addition to catching up with the curriculum study.

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Board of directors
as of 03/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mamata Misra

Priyadarsan Patra

Abani Patra

Mamata Misra

Gopal Mohapatra

Sujata Patnaik

Manas Ranjan Pattanayak

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Asian/Asian American
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Female

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