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Welcome to Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC) Society

Prayas through its inclusive self-sustainable and integrated community-based model encompassing components of Child Protection & Juvenile Justice, Education, Vocational Training, Livelihood Promotion, and Microfinance, Self Help Group (SHG’s), Economic Empowerment for Youth and Women leading to financial inclusion which creates opportunities for the marginalized and deprived section of population to lead a decent life. The holistic and integrated approach makes Prayas model quite innovative.

Prayas birth was accidental in nature as it came into existence in 1988 in a disaster situation when a devastating fire broke out at Jahangirpuri, one of the largest resettlement slums of Delhi, destroying thousands of families who lost their homes and livelihood.

The worst affected were the children who were absolutely traumatized and shaken. Its immediate efforts were to restore normalcy into their lives and rehabilitate them. Recognizing a need for reorganizing and rebuilding the lives of these children alongside the serious issues of missing and found children being looked after by Amod Kanth as Dy. Commissioner of Police in Delhi, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre was set up in 1988 by Delhi Police. Soon, a collaboration of Delhi Police Delhi School of Social Work (DU), and Shramik Vidyapeeth, Ministry of HRD, GOI was forged and the Society (N0.20261) was registered in 1989. The journey which was started with 25 children in 1988, Prayas is now directly serving about 40,000 marginalized children, youth and women.

The organization has been addressing multiple issues and running direct programs relating to child protection and juvenile justice, education, urban homelessness, human-trafficking and migration, disaster management & crises, vocational & life skills training programs for domestic workers, homeless, water & sanitation, health & hygiene, empowerment of women through Self-Help Groups (SHGs), Income Generation Program, promotion of entrepreneurship, facilitating credit through bank linkages and also direct micro finance operations.

‘Prayas JAC Society’ is working on issues of child rights and child protection since 1988. Prayas JAC Society is now running over 150 Centers/units, including 38 Homes/Shelters for children & homeless, declared as ‘Fit Institution’ under Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) of Children Act 2000/2006/2015 for the Children in Need of Care & Protection (CNCP) and Children in Conflict with Law (CCL). It is also reaching out to the distressed children on the Railways through multiple programs including helpline & shelters.

Prayas is also running 06 emergency helpline number Childline 1098, Help Desks and several Shelters to ensure immediate relief, care and protection of the children. Directly accessing nearly 40,000 lives every day through its multiple programs, such as, Child Protection, Juvenile Justice, Prevention of Human Trafficking and Child Labour/Bonded Labour & Modern Day Slavery and from other forms of exploitation, providing support through Education, Vocational & Life Skill Program, Health etc. with its presence in 10 States/UT’s (Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kashmir & Haryana) and more than 600 professionals. 

It has to its credit providing health services at Wakro in Lohit District, a remote place in Arunachal Pradesh through 24 hours, Nutritional Resource Centres in Supaul & Nalanda, (Bihar). The organization is one of the country’s leading Vocational Training Providers (VTP) which imparts market-driven local economy related  training and placements and livelihood support to more than 15,000 youths annually. Prayas placement & livelihood programs under Prayas Institute of Economic Empowerment (PIEE), Sanchay Prayas Swavlamban Society (SPSS) & Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs) provides with the employment & entrepreneurship opportunities connected to 56 vocational training centres of Prayas located in Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam and Jharkhand.

Accredited with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS),Prayas  Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), program of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Govt. of India, it is also running national level skills development programs with NSDC (MSDE) and several Ministries and State/UT Governments.

In year 2012, Prayas began partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development to impart training to youths in the naxal affected areas in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand under Swarn Jayanti Gram 2 Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) followed by the Ajeevika (DDU-GKY) program in Bihar, RSLDC in Rajasthan, JSDM in Jharkhand & many more – which continue to grow. Over 100000 youths & women have been trained and large numbers placed & provided livelihood support.

Prayas feels that education is the fourth necessity that man needs after food, shelter and clothing. Though, program and policy initiatives like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Right to Education (RTE) have contributed to a new vibrancy, meaning and urgency in the country’s effort to universalize elementary education, and are expected to infuse new life in the schooling system in the years to come. However, the issue of drop outs continues as a major issue and concern in all levels of education and stands to around nearly 6 million children who are still out of school.  

Prayas through its network and with the efforts of grass root partners reached to nearly 1.5 lakh people in deep communities and villages to create sensitivity and awareness on trafficking in person and also evolved the best practices to curb child labour/bonded labour and modern day slavery. Anti Human Trafficking initiatives has created certain success and strategically framework evolved with the help of networking partners can be emulated in coming years has paved the way towards National Initiatives for combating trafficking (at source) of women and children. Through its partners, Prayas created areas of intervention in three states Bihar, Jharkhand and Rajasthan which was chosen on the basis of vulnerability mapping and emphasis was in building capacity of local governance and justice system. 

Prayas adopts an integrated approach to achieve the objective of reaching to the unreachable through its various welfare program of the Government, being one of the core implementing partners at the grass root levels and also aimed to contribute significantly in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, Prayas has worked extensively through its apex unit (Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice) to influence the policies meant for children and women and to improve community governance through its participation at the highest level at National Institute of Transforming India, (NITI-AAYOG) and at the highest levels of various ministries such as the Ministry of Labour & Employment, (MoLE), Ministry of Women & Child Development, (MWCD), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, (MSDE), Ministry of Home Affairs, (MHA) & Ministry of Railways and with various State Governments. 

In 2017-18, nearly 5000 children in need of care and protection have undergone the process of Juvenile Justice through Prayas Child Protection Structures and availed the services of its 38 Homes and Shelters, 06 emergency helpline number CHILDLINE 1098 functional at Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Samastipur & Raxaul (Bihar) and at New Delhi Railway Station, Poothkhurd and Jahangirpuri including 06 RWWCO-Prayas Railway Children Project at Delhi (Lahori Gate), Bihar (Samastipur & Danapur), Assam (Guwahati), Rajasthan (Jaipur) and Gujarat (Ahmedabad)