The difference between achievement and failure is the lack of opportunities. Given opportunities, the weak too can excel. Firmly believing in this ethos and the importance of Education in slaying poverty and hunger, KISS that started with just 125 tribal students in 1993 in a rented building in Bhubaneswar Odisha has today grown into the largest free residential institute for indigenous (tribal) children. KISS provides holistic education from Kindergarten to Postgraduation (KG to PG) along with food, accommodation, health care, all other basic necessities of life, life-skill and vocational empowerment to 25,308 indigenous (tribal) children of the poorest of the poor background absolutely free. 60% of the students in KISS are girls. 7000 students graduated from KISS have a secured future and are acting as catalyst of change in their community.Students are enrolled from 62 indigenous communities (tribes) of Odisha, of which 13 are classified as primitive. There are some students from adjoining States and African countries as well.
KISS empowers indigenous children and also keeps them rooted to their cultures and families. Students of KISS have proved their mettle in academics and sports and other co- curricular activities. KISS provides them “ a capacity to aspire”. This unique experiment to eradicate poverty through education has become successful in KISS. Many world organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNECOSOC and US Federal Government have come forward to be associated with various programmes of the Institute. Through successful initiative and relentless effort, KISS has come nearer to achieving some of the most important goals of the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
The Institute plans to educate 2,00,000 poor indigenous (tribal) children over the next decade. To achieve this goal, it in the process of setting up branches in 30 districts of Odisha and all the states of India