New Delhi, November 15, 2023 — Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society celebrated its 35th
Foundation Day on November 14, 2023, coinciding with Children’s Day, at the India Islamic
Cultural Centre (IICC) on Lodhi Road, Delhi. The event, held from 4 PM to 9 PM, witnessed
the presence of distinguished scholars, celebrities, businessmen, and social workers
committed to the cause of children.
Established in 1988, the Prayas JAC Society and Allied Organizations (JSSs) have steadfastly
dedicated themselves to the well-being and empowerment of marginalized children, youth,
and women in 10 states, namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, A&N Islands, Bihar, Delhi,
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, J & K and Jharkhand. With a team of 700 co-workers, the
organization focuses on diverse thematic areas, including Sustainable Livelihood through
socio-economic empowerment, Vocational, Technical/Employable & Life Skill Enrichment
Training for Adolescents, youth, and Women, Placement, and self-employment generation for
Additionally, their efforts extend to Alternative and skill-based Education for Children &
Adults, Hygiene/Water & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition, Disaster Management, Child &
Women Protection, and Institutional Care Facilities for Children, Youth, Women & the
Homeless. Prayas JAC Society is also actively involved in Juvenile Justice & Child and
Women Trafficking protection, addressing issues such as Child Abuse & Child Labor, as well
as providing support to Street/Railway/Homeless Children. The organization engages in
action-based research, advocacy, and endeavours for policy changes to further its mission.
The 35th Foundation Day celebrations marked a significant milestone in their journey,
showcasing resilience and dedication.
The evening began with warm welcome of eminent Guests following a heartfelt tribute to the
Late Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the Founder of Sulabh International, delivered by esteemed
guests including Mr. Kumar Dilip, President of Sulabha International, son of Dr. Pathak, Mr.
Pankaj Jain (Director, Sulabh International), Ms. Abha Kumar (Vice President, Sulabh
International), and Mr. Amod K. Kanth (Founder and General Secretary, Prayas JAC
Society). They underscored Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak’s transformative contributions to society.
Distinguished guests lit lamps to illuminate the evening, symbolizing the enlightenment
brought about by Prayas in the lives of underprivileged children and youth. The cultural
program featured captivating dance and singing performances by Prayas children from homes
and shelters, embodying the spirit of Children’s Day.
In recognition of exceptional achievements, ‘Star of the Year’ children from Prayas Children
Home for Girls at Tughlakabad and Prayas Children Home for Boys at Jahangirpuri were
honoured with medals and mementos, presented by Mr. Navin Jindal (Chairman of Jindal
Steel and Power Limited and Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University) and Mr. Amod K
Kanth (General Secretary, Prayas JAC Society).Renowned Indian Actor and Politician, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha, graced the occasion, offering words of encouragement and blessings to the children. Mr. Salman Khurshid (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and Former Minister of External Affairs of India) also joined the celebration, expressing love and support for the children. Mr. M. B. Kaushal, President of the Governing Body Member of Prayas and Former Commissioner of Delhi Police, and other Governing body members and guests actively participated in the program, showcasing steadfast support for Prayas children over the past 35
Prayas JAC Society is proud to announce that over the years, the organization has created a
positive impact on the lives of more than 2.25 lakhs children, and this journey continues with
a holistic approach. In the fiscal year 2022-2023, Prayas achieved significant milestones
across various programs, benefiting children, youth, and women in marginalized
These include providing institutional care to 1,95,000 children through a residential program,
benefiting 1,80,000 youth and women through education and skilling initiatives, rescuing and
reintegrating 5,600 children, addressing 5,800 cases through psycho-social support,
counselling and legal assistance, and reaching 20,000 individuals directly and indirectly
through awareness programs.
As Prayas reflects on 35 years of dedicated service, the organization remains committed to
creating a positive impact on the lives of marginalized children and youth, with the journey
continuing to unfold with a holistic approach.