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Prayas Grameen Vikas Samiti

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Prayas Grameen Vikas Samiti (Prayas) is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that focuses on mobilising communities to work together to achieve their basic rights. In their work with PACS, Prayas are working in 611 villages in 9 districts of Bihar to ensure non-discriminatory access to elementary and secondary schools, and increase the active participation of women and socially excluded groups in decision making processes surrounding education.

Prayas and PACS

Prayas’s project with PACS involves:

  • Strengthening Community Based Organisations (CBOs) at the village, Panchayat (local self-governance institution), block and state level to ensure effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
  • Mobilising and organising communities to come together under a wider network called Dalit Adhikar Manch. 
  • Enabling interaction between government functionaries and CBOs through public hearings and meetings at block and district levels.
     
Impact so far…

Prayas’s project with PACS started in February 2012. So far the following results have been achieved:

  • 98% of children from Scheduled Caste (SC) and Muslim communities have been enrolled in schools in the intervention area due to the efforts of Prayas and its CBOs. 
  • 100% of children who had dropped-out from school have been re-enrolled.
  • There has been a reduction in intra-caste conflict and tension within SC communities, and reduced incidences of discrimination of SC children in school.
  • Reflective circles have been an effective awareness-raising mechanism, improving literacy amongst excluded women and increasing their knowledge of their rights. As a result, these women have actively intervened in the prevention of child marriage, witch hunting, domestic violence and foeticide in the area.
  • 485 women from excluded communities have been selected as members of School Education Committees as a result of the Behtar Shiksha Haq Abhiyaan (Right to Quality Education Campaign). Women have become more vocal and aware of their roles and responsibilities as members of these committees, and officials have become more accountable towards Mid-Day Meal (MDM) provision. MDMs have improved in quality and quantity.
  • Relationships and rapport with block and district government officials have improved and strengthened due to continuous interaction.
  • Health delivery systems in Primary Healthcare Centres have improved significantly with improved availability of medicines, test facilities, cleanliness and doctor attitudes towards socially excluded groups.
  • Awareness regarding RSBY smart cards has been enhanced resulting in an increase in cases of hospitalisation.

NB – these are figures from December 2014. 

About Prayas

Prayas Grameen Vikas Samiti (Prayas) was established by a student leader to work with the most marginalised sections of society, particularly the Musahar community.

Prayas works by mobilising communities to form and strengthen CBOs at the village level and brings them together to work at block and state level. They work on a number of issues around basic rights including the right to dignity, food, livelihood, health and education.

Find out more about Prayas Grameen Vikas Samiti’s work on their website (www.prayasgvsamiti.org), which was built as part of the CSO website project (funded by PACS).

Network partners

PACS encourages partners to collaborate with like-minded organisations to deliver the best results in the designated project area. These organisations are called “network partners”.

Prayas is implementing their project for PACS with 9 network partners:

  • Anu Vikas Sansthan
  • Centre for All-Round Development 
  • Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Kalyan Evam Vikas Sansthan 
  • Dalit Samaj Seva Kendra
  • Gram Swaraj Sansthan
  • Magadh Jyoti Gramin Vikas Samiti
  • Radha Shilp Kala Kendra
  • Samajik Chetna Kendra 
  • Sunita Manav Kalyan Kendra

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