PRAYAS Ek Koshish is a movement which started in 2004 working on child rights, youth, HIV AIDS, sexual minorities & human rights in suburbs of Mumbai & villages near Madh. We have four different projects which are as follows:

PRAYAS Ek Koshish is a movement which started in 2004 working on child rights, youth, HIV AIDS, sexual minorities & human rights in suburbs of Mumbai & villages near Madh. We have four different projects which are as follows:

UTARAN is the project of Prayas ek Koshish and as the term itself explains that under this project means reuse of items rejected by the rich for the benefit of the needy. Utaran aims to initiate a culture of sustainability and social inclusion through recycling of the stuff shared by individuals from different sections of the society. This project also cover the child rights work which we have doing since inception. Through this project we aim to provide hope, care and support to the deprived children and make them a member of the universal community of sustainable development.

We have been collecting items from clothes, shoes, bags, books, undergarments, watches, household and food items, electronics, et al. We collect stuff from new born to the senior citizens age.

The stuff collected is sorted at our end and distributed in the areas that we work with and also we are in day to day touch with the families as most of the volunteers come from those communities.
We have in-house resources which tend the mend the clothes and do the minor repairs which help us make the stuff reusable.
The used books which are get used for making rough books i.e. using the one sided pages and the blank pages of the books. On the other hand we also tend to get lot of story books, fiction, encyclopedia, dictionary, etc which is distributed among the students. Also we have tie up with other organizations working in Mumbai and Thane district and with help of you all we have manage to set up libraries at Kurla and Mumbra.
The extra or unusable papers are used for making paper bags which are used for putting stuff during the workshops, trainings, et al.
From time to time friends have also helped with the kitchen stuff which is distributed to the migrant families that we work with.
Distribution of stuff also happen on the geographical and cultural need of the area.

Astitva: This project works with the sexual minorities for getting them recognition and dignity in the society. We run advocacy and campaign program to sentisize society on the issues pertaining to them. We have been identifying them and forming group which will fight for their own rights.

Arambh: Works with youth rights and sensitizing men on gender issues. Under this program we conduct several training programs which help the youth understand the human rights issues existing in society and to fight for better tomorrow.

Raahi : Under this project we work with HIV infected affected families.

These are the broader projects of the organisation. We have been doing other activities like assisting in various medical disease by raising donations individually and through trust. We have been providing scholarships to the children, and organising various human rights programs, independence and republic day, staff trainings, summer camps, children programs, etc.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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