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Professor Michael Anthony Windey SJ (born on 28th April 1921 at Buggenhout, Belgium and a member of the Society of Jesus) true to his Christian Background was inspired by the Sarvodaya and Anthyodaya philosophy of Gandhi plus enthused by the Total Revolution of Jayaprakash Narayan and discovered his vocation to reconstruct the villages after the 1969 killer cyclone that hit Coastal Districts of the then undivided Andhra Pradesh. He first rendered relief work to the victims from 6th June 1969. Later he was convinced that relief work has to be complemented by rehabilitation. To make this a reality and to be close to the constantly devastated rural poor of the coastal Andhra Pradesh he conceived a non-governmental and non-profitable organization vis-à- vis Village Reconstruction Organization familiarly known as VRO and got it registered on 6th October 1971.

In the beginning, its services were confined only to the three coastal districts namely Krishna, Guntur, and Prakasam. The original focus was on relief and rehabilitation to the victims of natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, and droughts. In the due course, the same was extended to the East Coast Region of South India. As years passed by relief and rehabilitation evolved into a development-oriented non-profitable service. Though founded by a staunch Catholic Jesuit priest, he was conscious that secular credentials of Indian Constitution should be the guiding principle, Catholic Social Teachings, Concept of Sarvodaya and Anthyodaya plus Total Revolution are to be the philosophy of VRO. Therefore, VRO from the beginning insisted on respect for pluri-religions, pluri-cultures, pluri-languages, and pluri-faith and pluri-social life. Secular and Sacred are two inseparable parallel faces of the Organization. As the days went on VRO spread its wings to different rural and remote villages of different states in India like Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jammu Kashmir, etc. After the founder’s demise on 20th September 2009 VRO has restricted itself to serve the coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha.

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