Prayas JAC Society: Prayas Started with 25 children in 1988, today Prayas caters to the needs of 50,000 neglected, street and marginalized children, youth & women in Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andman & Nicobar islands, Haryana, Jharkhand.
About Us

Prayas is a humanitarian, gender-sensitive and child-focused development organization with a vision to restore the lost childhood of children in need of care, protection and development. Prayas works to ensure that children have a bright future. It is dedicated to changing the lives of needy children.

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, is a national level humanitarian, gender sensitive and child focused development organization. It operates 236 centres including 21 Homes/Shelters for children, across the country in 8 States/UTs directly serving about 50,000 marginalized children, youth and women addressing multiple issues and initiating programs relating to child protection and juvenile justice, trafficking of children and women, vocational and life skills training, empowerment of women through Self-Help Groups and Income Generation Programmes, promotion of entrepreneurship, facilitating credit through bank linkages and also direct micro finance operations. For nearly 24 years, Prayas has been and continues to be involved in meaningful, development-driven initiatives that distinctly impact the quality of life of the weaker-sections of the society, in hundreds of slums/villages surrounding the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and the Tsunami devastated Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Origin & Founder

Prayas was formed in 1988, through the collaborative efforts of the Delhi Police, the Delhi School of Social Work and Shramik Vidyapeeth, when a devastating fire in Jahangirpuri, a major slum area in Delhi, left a lot of children hopeless, helpless and homeless. It aimed at reorganizing and rebuilding the lives of such children.

Starting its activities in a tiny one-room structure, Prayas began to function by providing non-formal education to 25 children. Today, Prayas successfully operates more than 12 different projects in various slum communities in Delhi, serving 50,000 neglected, street and working children. It has also initiated similar projects in other states and Union Territories of India, namely Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, the A & N Islands and Haryana. Besides, it provides health care and helpline services to thousands of children every year.

Prayas believes that the basic needs of the child are synonymous with his/her basic rights. These include the right to (i) survival. (ii) protection. (iii) development and (iv) participation. We envisage a scenario where every child goes to school or receives a decent ‘alternative education?and has the opportunity to satisfy his / her basic needs for development.

Mission of Prayas JAC

Prayas?mission is to protect children’s rights, to help them meet their basic needs and to expand opportunities to achieve their full potential. Guided by dreams and aspirations of thousands of neglected street and working children, Prayas pursue its mission with both commitment and Compassion because the children it serves deserve the best.


Vision of Prayas is to restore the lost childhood of neglected, street and working children and the marginalized. It visualizes a world that protects children’s rights. A world that treats every child equally and lets boys and girls play and learn, and grow to adult hood in health, peace and dignity, a world that involves children and young people in making decisions about their lives and finding ways to make the world as better place for all.

News & Events

  • 14Nov
    25th Foundation Day of Prayas coinciding with Children's day celebrated with 'Run for Children 2012' where 3,000 weaker section children ran for rights.
  • 15Oct
    PRAYAS’s initiative for skill development and empowerment of youth in Naxal affected areas

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