Orissa Voluntary Health Association (OVHA)


The Founders

With an objective to bring the voluntary organisations involved in the community health and development activities across the globe under one platform, Fr. .James Tong established the organisation Coordinating Agency for Health Planning (CAHP) in 1972 which was later named as the Voluntary Health Organisation in India Likewise, at state level different units were also being formed. In Orissa, after a consultation amongst the leading community health personnel, Orissa Voluntary Health Association (OVHA) was established in Berhampur on 6 December 1974 to provide better healthcare facilities to the underprivileged communities in Orrisa and also work for their overall development.

About the organisation

Orissa Voluntary Health Association (OVHA) is a leading health association and a secular,non-politics and non-profit making federation registered under Societies Registration Act of 1860 (Act XXI) in the state of Orissa. OVHA works with policy makers, planners, academics and health professionals for the betterment of the underprivileged communities in Orrisa. The organisation works in collaboration with government bodies and other regional, national and international organisations to strengthen the welfare activities that include education and better healthcare facilities.

Association with Smile Foundation

Orissa Voluntary Health Association in association with Smile Foundation runs Smile Twin e- Learning Programme to provide professional skills in the area of basic computer training, English speaking and personality development to increase the prospects of employment for the underprivileged youth in Orissa.

Stories of Hope

Tapaswani Kumar Mohapatra belongs to a poor family from Orrisa. Her father is worshipper and being the only earning member of the family, he is not able to meet all the expenses. After completing her graduation, Tapaswani was in search of a job to meet the family expenses. But because of lack of knowledge in computers knowledge she was not able to get a good job. At this point, she came to know of Smile Twin e-Learning Programme. She joined the STeP course. After completing her course, she got placed as a teacher cum computer operator in a private English medium school in Balakati district of Orissa. Today she feels happy for being able to support her family financially.

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