"It began one evening as the autumn of 1966 was drawing into winter. And it began simply with a question millions of concerned people had asked all over the world as the Vietnam war ground on its brutal way. 'What can I do to help?'. (p.21, Children of the Ashes, James Davidson Ross)

Cord was founded as a personal expression of both love and faith, wanting to see lives saved and transformed in a situation far removed from Britain. Founded in 1967 by Pat and Marion Ashe, the charity originally focused on the cruel reality of the Vietnam war. Thousands of orphans were left homeless, bereft of family and unloved. Working on the ground and taking a personal stance, Pat and Marion Ashe approached the situation to see one life transformed at a time.

From this point onward, Cord sought to create a sustainable future for both individuals and communities, working to see peace brought to the foreground in situations. Cord has worked in many different countries, at various points under the directorships of Pat Ashe, Martin Lee, Michael Godfrey, Brian Wakley and our current CEO Mark Simmons.

More information about the early history of Cord can be found in James Davidson Ross' excellent book, "Children of the Ashes". Although no longer in print, it is available from a variety of online booksellers. Book Details: 1974. Lutterworth Press. ISBN 0718820738.