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.
What we do

Prayas Research & Studies

A. National Study on Child Abuse in India

Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice (under Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society), New Delhi conducted the first ever nation-wide study in 13 States of India in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and the funding partners, UNICEF and Save the Children (UK) following a marathon consultative process. This study has been rated as unique and so far the largest in the world. This study was conducted as the Government of India’s national study and as a part of the UN initiative of Global study on violence against children.

B. Study on Juvenile Justice System in India

Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice has conducted action-based research on Juvenile Justice System and Rights of Children in the State of Bihar & Delhi. The study, supported by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) of the Canadian High Commission, revealed that the local authority, judiciary, police and all other stakeholders under the Juvenile Justice Act were mostly unaware about their role, authority or the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act. Many of the NGOs were also unaware as to how to help the neglected and exploited children. Among various findings, lack of proper orientation and training of the functionaries came up as a major factor in the tardy progress of juvenile justice.

C. Research & Publications

Prayas has to its credit a number of research projects and review reports, which are considered to be useful instruments for policy change and advocacy. Some of the major publications are: Neglected Child: Changing Perspectives, Prayas Towards Justice to the Juvenile: A Study on Neglected Children in South Delhi Slums and Child Watch India, a research journal, etc. Multiple studies have been carried out, which are listed out for ready-reference.

D. An Action-Based Project on Urban Homelessness in the NCT of Delhi

A National Campaign for Good Urban Governance as part of the Global Campaign and also as a distinct programme in India. Such campaigns are directed towards the one billion people reportedly living in the world without adequate shelter and basic services, mostly in the slums and squatter settlements. Half of the human population is today estimated to be living in cities and slums, sizeable number of them in environmentally uninhabitable and under conditions of abject poverty. India having a staggering 275 million population now living in the cities and with a much faster pace of urbanization in the offing, this campaign is relevant for us. The migrants, particularly the poor who come to the bigger cities looking for livelihood, pose a threat, real or imaginary, to the existing population. There is little appreciation for the historical truth that the migrants bring in fresh energy and drive, and they create vibrant urban settlements, which grow into the cities with immense potential as engines of socio-economic developments.

The new vision of ‘inclusive city’ as a place wherein everyone, including the urban poor, women, youth and even the marginalized groups, can contribute productively, appears to be gaining some currency in the context of our pronounced policy of urban governance. The good urban governance also incorporates such inclusion in terms of policy reforms, socio-economic sustainability, efficiency, transparency and accountability. It presupposes a demand driven and flexible system as opposed to bureaucratic and unresponsive governance, participated by the political masters and officials alike. The daunting challenges of the greater numbers, inadequacy of resources and services, urban poverty, environmental hazards cannot just be wished away in the face of the massive influx in the city, the governance has to re-engineer itself to these enormous challenges. In the light of our constitutional, national and international commitments, our own national programmes deserve a pro-poor slant to promote good governance as a means to urban poverty reduction. A participatory approach needs to be forged amongst the Government, local-self authorities, NGOs and also the poor and the homeless who must become partners in this inclusive system, instead of being the objects of socio-economic exclusion from the urban scene.

In the context of the similar background and the problems of the homeless, the Action Aid, India, a voluntary organization headed by a senior IAS Officer sponsored the said project called, ‘Delhi for Change’ led by Mr. Amod K. Kanth, IPS, General Secretary, Prayas on study leave from the Government to primarily to mobilize resources and build support for homeless people in the city.

The specific objectives of the project are as under:
Raise awareness and mobilize financial resources and space for shelters and other forms of support for homeless people from individuals, organizations, religious bodies, trusts, companies, donors, Mobilize resources and support from the Delhi Administration/government for homeless people, Mobilize volunteers for raising awareness and funds, associate professionals, such as, doctors and lawyers for providing support to homeless people.

Under the said project, the strategies and activities envisaged include sensitization of individuals and organizations, mobilizing financial resources and voluntary support, particularly from the charitable organizations who are willing to help the homeless people. Needless to mention that the Govt. alone cannot undertake such massive responsibility despite our commitments as a welfare Govt., hence the need for mobilizing resources and support from all quarters. In this regard, an awareness campaign has already been launched by the project ‘Delhi for Change’’ to sensitize the civil society and they have also created a team to raise other forms of resources and create a support system.

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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