Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)
Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2015.
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal institute of the world, provides food, accommodation, health care and all the basic necessities of life absolutely free to 25,000 poorest of the poor tribal children to pursue their studies here from KG to PG as well as vocational training. KISS, as an unique experiment to eradicate poverty through education and use of education as a tool to empower the underprivileged section of the society and provide sustainable employment, is being hailed by statesmen, policy makers, planners, social workers from India and abroad.
- Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2015 – the highest recognition to a non-government organization from the United Nations.
- Among top 500 NGOs of the world and 10 best NGOs of India in the prestigious ranking of world NGOs published in 2016 by NGO Advisor, a Geneva-based independent media organization.
- Programmes and activities aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and proactively working to achieve the goals.
- Expansive self-contained eco-friendly campus for 25,000 students. Facilities at par with any good public school.
- Plans to educate 2,00,000 indigenous (tribal) children over the next decade and in the process of setting up branches in 10 states, with the support of respective state governments, and all 30 districts of Odisha.
- Students are high achievers in academics, co-curricular activities and national and international sports, making it a highly successful model of tribal empowerment through education.
- Tie-ups with many world organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and US Federal Government.
- Visited and appreciated by high dignitaries, including Heads of State, Ambassadors and Nobel Laureates, from 70 countries.
- Widely covered in leading national and international media, including The Time, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Readers’ Digest, Asia Post and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
- Two Guinness World Records – ‘The Largest Human Sentence’ and ‘The Longest Human Chain (High Five)’.