Standing next to CharminarRajesh Cheemalakonda
tensions. We believe that communal harmony cannot be achieved just through peace initiativesbut development at various levels like health, female education, women empowerment etc. areequally important. and thus COVA decided to address these issues through its programs.
Programs and initiatives:
Playing a major role in advocating human rights and maintaining communal harmony across theAsian countries, COVA has been serving the community and working for its development in allpossible ways. The major strength and the secret behind the success story of this organization isthe fact that the contributors to the programs are the beneficiaries themselves.Being self-sufficient does not mean that one is denied of all the rightful things that thegovernment should be providing its citizens to help them lead a comfortable life like cleandrinking water, sanitation, health education, and housing for all its citizens etc. to ensure thatpeople are well aware of these governmental policies and to keep a check on their effectivenessin implementation COVA conducted a nationwide
campaign called the “National Campaign for Right to Basic Services (RTBS)”
COVA added another feather to its cap when it went beyond its community service and extended
itself to contributing to world peace when it took up the “Indo
-Pak Joint Signature Cam
February 2009, marking the end of the war, and promoting anti-terrorism and friendly relationsbetween these nations.
Their other initiatives like the PAP or the “Peace Alliance Partners” have been working
effectively in countering overt and covert communal biases within individuals and organization.
The COVA is also an active member of the Pakistan India People‟s Forum for Peace and
Democracy i.e. the PIPFPD, CNDP, VANI, and the Credibility Alliance, and is represented onthe joint Machinery, Planning Commission, Government of India, and GO-NGO CoordinationCommittee set up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh along with many other such nationaland international bodies.Apart from helping in the spread of communal harmony the volunteers also work on educatingpeople about the various disaster management techniques making the people in the communityself-sufficient to face any man made or natural calamity. Ever since its conception in 1994