Prayosha is an everlasting journey and not a race to the finish line. We are currently a small, growing non-profit organization that hopes to set an example to other people in India. We continue to work relentlessly and passionately in transforming and empowering women of today. Conceptualizing Prayosha in 2016, today we are supporting 65+ angels in the Goregaon area of Mumbai. We have been very meticulous in our approach, defining the operational framework and governance so that we can replicate for other suburbs of Mumbai and beyond in the next couple of years. We hope to create a model/platform where if anyone is motivated to start something similar in their city, then we can guide them and provide them with all the necessary resources to successfully run Prayosha in their city/village.
Central to all our impact is the contribution and commitment of our volunteer community, donors, and our management team. It is sometimes easy to donate money to a foundation, but the biggest gift one can donate is their time. As someone said it very well, “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back”.
While our main focus stays with the girls, we believe it’s important for the parent to be an active member of this process. We expect a commitment from both, the parents and the girl, to be fully dedicated to our guidance and cause. While some parents may not be able to take an active role, we insist that they fully support their daughter and encourage them more by having conversations with them. This not only motivates the girl, but builds a stronger bond between the parents and their daughter.
A journey of a million miles begins with a single step, but who would have thought that the journey of Prayosha would begin from the first episode of SatyamevJayate televised nationally on May 6, 2012. The episode focuses on one of the most sensitive social issues prevalent in modern India – “female feticide”. As you continue to sit through the episode, it dawns on one that the problem is more flagrant not only in the rural areas but also amongst the major metro cities in India. In one segment, the illustration of the map of India slowly transitions from soft red to blood red depicting the area of fewer numbers of female feticides to areas where the crime was committed in large numbers. It tears the fabric of your soul watching the entire map of India now in different shades of red. Not a single white speck.
The question that instantaneously comes in our mind – How is India progressive in the 21st century? We might be growing economically but what about all the social issues? We think it is left to the masses to address social issues. The episode brought about a realization that an economically backward family was forced to limit education to their children & invariably the girl child lost out.
Aruna Chhajed Dhanesha
CA / Brain Trust
Dr. Nirali Mehta
Dr. Sangeeta Punamia
Raveena Chawla Singh