PRAYAS’s initiative for skill development and empowerment of youth in Naxal affected areas


PRAYAS, one of India’s leading voluntary organizations for the marginalized children, youth and women, organised a colorful musical evening at ITC Maurya, New Delhi on Sunday, 14th October, 2012. The event coincided with a major promotional corporate partnership to support skill development and empowerment of the Naxalite affected youth in many parts of the country which will be supported by a leading entrepreneur Mr. A.M. Shroff and his group.
Prayas President Mr. Shatrughan Sinha, MP and former Health Minister of India, an outstanding humanist and activist, was joined by the General Secretary of Prayas Mr. Amod K. Kanth and many eminent personalities from the cross-sections incliuding Rajeev Shukla, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, his wife & prominent Media Personality Mrs. Anuradha Pradas and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and his wife Mrs. Sundanda Tharoor. The added charm at the evening was the charity performance rendered by country’s most popular comic artist Mr. Raju Srivastava. They were joined by the most talented Prayas children performers who, together, put up a brilliant presentation.
Prayas, which operates in eight States/UT’s of India accessing nearly 50,000 extremely deprived beneficiaries, imparting them with education, vocational, health, homes, shelter, and economic empowerment related services, which includes a major project which has recently been taken up in the Naxalite affected areas of the country. The effort is to bring about peace, happiness and solidarity converging the government, non government and the corporate.
Mr. Shroff and his colleagues Mr. Sandeep Sharma and Mr. Sanjay Mattoo have expressed their unqualified support to this project and to the Prayas Family.
On this occasion General Secretary of Prayas Mr. Amod K. Kanth said, “We are extremely happy to launch promotional corporate partnership to support skill development and empowerment of the Naxalite affected youths by converting them into self-reliant and productive entities. Through our voluntary organization, Prayas that operates in eight states running over 200 community-based centres for the poor, cutting across the country from Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Arunachal Pradesh, we intend to bring about the change in the lives of the marginalized sections of the society who have little opportunity to become part of the remarkable economic prosperity that this country is witnessing. Our SGSY special project in close collaboration with the local government and Panchayats in the most difficult areas, run by a team of highly professional managers, trainers, community - mobilizers and other staff, is bound to create a real and holistic difference in the communities whom we serve.
About PRAYAS programs
Prayas today undertakes various programs and functions through 236 community-based centers, with an outreach of 50,000 beneficiaries, of which over 15,000 of them are youth and women. Prayas offers around 50 courses ranging from Carpentry to Computer. Prayas offers an opportunity for the trainees of Vocational Training Programmes to polish their skills through practice and have hand on experience of a business enterprise. The On Job Training at Production Centers help in the placements as well. Prayas is committed to provide placement linked time bound training to 2000 BPL youth/women under the age of 18-35 in the pilot project and place them in the decent jobs at minimum wages.

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