Corporate agencies have been financing social development initiatives in India since long. Their role in this process has increased manifold after the amendment in the Companies Act in 2014. Prayatn fulfils all the legal requirements necessary for such support which include registration under different laws including Societies Registration Act, Income Tax Act sections (12AA and 80G), FCRA, PAN, TAN, etc. (see legal status of the organization). We have also initiated the process of registration on the CSR portal of Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India. Our credibility in doing justice with the trust bestowed upon us can be judged from our accreditation with Charities Aid Foundation, ISO 9001:2015 certification and different awards received by us (see our testimonies) from time to time. The other testimonies of our credibility include continued support by different financial support agencies which consist of national and multinational corporate agencies. Please note that we have received funds from corporate directly or through other development agencies as well as described below.
Activities under Schedule VII the Companies Act, 2013, in which Prayatn is working:
Activities under Schedule VII the Companies Act, 2013, in which Prayatn is working:
S.No. as per Schedule VII
Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition; promoting health care including preventive health care and sanitation
Promoting education, including special education and employment enhancing vocational skills especially among children, women, elderly, and the differently-abled and livelihood enhancement projects
Promoting gender equality and empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centers and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups
Rural Development Projects
Slum Area Development
List of our Present and Past Corporate Benefactors
Government Ministries / Departments
Prayatn has realized that integration of the change into the existing system is necessary to make it sustainable. Path of this integration is not of confrontation but of constructive engagement. The organization, therefore, engages with various government departments to influence their understanding, build their capacity and advocate rights. Such initiatives have been reciprocated by the government departments well in the form of appreciations, inclusion of Prayatn in various government committees as well as operational partnerships. We have also engaged with other institutions of public accountability like National Human Rights Commission, State Child Rights Commission, Women Rights Commissions etc.
Government Ministries / Departments with which
Prayatn has engaged with:
Prayatn is operating Child Help Desk at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Railway Station, Uttar Pradesh, and District Childline at Dhaulpur district of Rajasthan which are being funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India under Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) through Childline India Foundation. Recently, another Child Help Desk has been started at Dhaulpur Railway Station. Ministry of Railways and entire child protection machinery at local level is also extending valuable support in this process. Besides this, the organization has helped in strengthening of Anganwadis which are being supported by the department under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
Prayatn implemented Access to Justice project which was funded by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India through its Justice Innovation Fund and UNDP. The project was aimed at improving women’s access to justice through legal awareness building as well as strengthening of Justice System.
Prayatn has engaged with Education department across all its intervention areas so as to strengthen government schools, improve quality of education in them as well as ensure enrolment and retention of children in them. Besides generating community awareness for the purpose, we have extended support in school infrastructural development as well as teachers’ capacity and motivation building so as to improve quality of education. In this process, we have also extended support in different programmes of the department itself including enrolment drives, Sarva Shisksha Abhiyaan, Reading campaign, Sambalan Abhiyaan, etc., initiated by Central and State Governments.
In Rajasthan, we joined hands with Directorate of Prosecution and Harish Chandra Mathur – Rajasthan State Institute of in-service Public Administration and conducted sensitization training of all its Assistant Public Prosecutors on gender and crime against women. The training was inaugurated by then Minister of Home, Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria and received wide appreciation because it was first of its kind in the entire country.
Prayatn has been engaging with the Labour Department of Government of Rajasthan on the issue of Child Labour. Because of its efforts towards eradicating Child Labour, the department has included the organization in District level Task Force against Child Labour.
The department is running several social welfare schemes and Prayatn has made community based institutions aware of the same so that they are able to link needy and eligible beneficiaries with them. We have specifically engaged with the Directorate of Child Rights which is a crucial component of this department and so as to strengthen Juvenile Justice System to ensure Child Protection in the state. Because of this, the team members of Prayatn have been included by the department in inspection and monitoring committees of children homes in Dhaulpur, as well as Ajmer, districts of Rajasthan.
Prayatn has been engaging with Law and Order Machinery on the issue of Women Empowerment as well as Child Protection. As a result of this, we could initiate opening of Mahila Salaah Kendra (Women Counseling Center) and later Child Friendly Police Station within Sadar Thana of Dhaulpur. Inclusion of Prayatn in the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Rajasthan Police also marks recognition of our efforts in this regard.
Prayatn’s engagement with health department has been centered upon strengthening public health machinery and increasing its reach to the community. As such, we have tried to strengthen institutions like CHCs, PHCs and SHCs while extending support government initiatives like Poshan Abhiyaan, National Health Mission, RMNCH programme, RBSK, RKSK, National AIDS Control Programme, etc. In the COVID scenario, we have supported the departmental efforts through supply of PPE kit and sanitization kit to health workers and community members in general, spreading awareness on COVID appropriate behavior and encouraging them for vaccination.
Panchayati Raj System has been implemented by the Government of India to promote local self governance and several rural development schemes are being channelized through the same. At Prayatn, we realize importance of this process and, therefore, make efforts for sensitization and capacity building of members of these institutions. At the same time, we aware community members on the same and encourage them to be a part of the same. Linkage of the eligible beneficiaries with the different schemes being implemented by the department like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), MGNREGA, National Rural Livelihood Mission, etc. through awareness generation and capacity building of community based institutions is also a crucial part of the same.
Prayatn, while working for farm based livelihood development, has developed close coordination with institutions like Krishi Vigyan Kendras, to ensure that their expertise and facilities become available to farmers. We are also working closely with the department so as to improve farmers’ access to irrigation facilities, government certified seeds, crop insurance, use of neem coated urea, agri-product processing and digital marketing etc.
Government of India has launched flagship programmes like Jal Jeewan Mission and Swachchh Bharat Mission. As a part of organizational efforts on the issue of Water, Sanitation and Heath (WASH), the organization is ensuring that these programmes reach out to each and every eligible family.
District Administration in different districts has recognized and supported Prayatn in multiple ways. District Administration of Dhaulpur and Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan awarded Prayatn during Republic Day Celebration for its excellent work in the field of Human rights, Women Rights and Child Rights as well as aspects like HIV AIDS, Family Welfare, mainstreaming of out of school children etc. In Dhaulpur, the administration trusted Prayatn for running women counseling center at District Collectorate and placed our innovation of Government Community Interface on their website.
International and National Development Agencies
Prayatn is registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of India and is, therefore, eligible for receiving foreign funds for financing its various developmental initiatives. Because of our credibility, numerous reputed international and national development agencies support our initiatives. The support and faith bestowed by these agencies has provided us opportunity to come out with innovative community based models to address complex socio-economic issues in sustainable manner.