Developing the foundation of sustainable change
Pratigya is Jharkhand based youth initiative to ensure access of quality education to every child and mobilize youth to action towards nation building. Pratigya has several grassroots initiatives and community based programme both in urban and rural areas of Jharkhand along with policy level advocacy on issues of Education, Children’s care and protection & youth development.
Started in June 2007 by a group of committed youth who got inspired by the appeal made by Former President of India Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for empowerment of kids through education. Their pledge to spread the light of education to every child in country has helped more than 1000 underprivileged kids.
Pratigya is the First organisation in Jharkhand that initiated working on life-skills, personality development and Financial education of the deprived children. Along with sponsoring the underprivileged children for their education, Pratigya works for the overall development of children. The Life-skills Programme has been recognized and featured globally in Youth Solutions Report 2019 published by SDSN-Youth.
Some Stories of Change
Laxmi belongs to a socio-economically marginalized tribal and migrant family, coming from an extremely backward rural remote region of Jharkhand. She has been connected with Pratigya while she was studying in her school. Laxmi’s education was also not an easy game to play. She had faced a lot of resistance in her family regarding this. Pratigya supported her in getting a quality education and also trained her with life-skills. The impact of life skills education could be well judged by the fact that once Laxmi fought with her mother and other people of community regarding some stereotypes being practiced there.
Laxmi also displayed her entrepreneurship skill in the one day State-level Business Fair called “Baadi- Utsav”, organised by Pratigya in Ranchi, with help of its strong and committed volunteer base. She, along with two other children of her slum, got into a business alliance. They installed two business stalls in which one was a food stall and the other was a stationery related. After her due involvement in the activities at the first centre of Pratigya in Jagannathpur, she took the initiative to open a new branch nearby her area so as to reduce the cases of substance abuse happening there.
Laxmi Kujur is a child leader mentored by Pratigya through its life skills programme. She is someone who holds power and boldness in her attitude and has the mere capacity to lead change transformation around her community. Throughout this journey of change, she has successfully achieved so much of attention due to her capacity building, enhancing upfront ideas and mobilization skills. Working with the children and interacting with their mothers, Laxmi had came up with a brilliant idea to bring all the mothers who were culturally bound to work in their homes, to field for playing football. She involved the children of Pratigya centers in this and mobilized 5 teams to play a football tournament, which she named Matri Shakti Football tournament. In 2018, 5 teams played this tournament that encouraged the other mothers who watched it and in 2019, 300 mothers registered to play this tournament. Laxmi, for this unique idea/initiative was also awarded by Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation for her contribution towards mother’s empowerment.
Priyanshu Kumari is the daughter of an auto driver and her mother works as a domestic worker. She has one younger sister and a brother. She was very keen towards study from her childhood. She was a brilliant student. But due to responsibility of looking after her younger siblings and poor financial status it was difficult to continue her studies.
In 2011 when she was in 4th standard, she got connected with Pratigya and got sponsorship under its Education Voucher Program. She was aware about her responsibilities at home but still she worked hard to achieve academic milestone. She has secured 90% in the State Board examination without attending any private tuition or coaching classes. She wants to become an IPS officer in future. Today, her younger siblings also follow her and wanted to be like her. Also Priyanshu is a role model for other students in her community.
She got Dainik Bhaskar recognition for scoring more than 80% marks in Jharkhand State Board Exams. Every year Dainik Bhaskar Group recognizes students who secure 90% in CBSE & ICSE and more than 80% in State Board.
Neha is years old and from biggest slum of Ranchi. It is very difficult for students like her continue education with the socio-economic condition of family and atmosphere she lived in.
She lost her father in early childhood and her mother is working as a sub staff in a nearby Private school. Her mother is only bread earner of family and due to limited payment it is very difficult for her to run household and provide education to her children. Neha’s younger sister is studying in the school where her mother works and so the school provides some discount in fees to her. Neha is studying in intermediate. Pratigya supported her schooling through school voucher program. Neha has been good in study as well as extracurricular activities.
She is a good dancer and from childhood, she participated in every single opportunity she got. But when she entered her teen age, her mother restricted her dance practices and participation due to the uncomfortable social conditions for girls in that area. One day, Neha came to Pratigya and started crying with a request to support her in practicing dance. Pratigya team approached her mother and convinces for Neha’s interest in dance activities and ensure her safety and other requirements.
Neha has participated in many competitions and won the best dancer prizes. She is supported by some dance academies where she used to visit for her dance practices. During her school she was always a student who used to take part in every school functions. When she was leaving her school after matriculation, the Principal said “अब नेहा स्कूल से जा रही है तो स्कूल के फंक्शन में लीड कौन करेगा” (now who will take lead role in school functions)?
WHAT OUR DONORS SAY
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, Manager, Canara Bank
मैने अपने नीजी जीवन में पैसों की कमी के कारण पढाई में आने वाली दिक्कतों को बहुत करीब से महसूस किया है, परंतु आज जब मैं पढ़ लिखकर एक ऐसे मुकाम पर पहुँच चुका हूँ जहाँ मैं अपने परिवार को एक सुखद जीवन दे सकता हूँ। इस कारण मुझे यह लगता है कि मुझे उन बच्चों के लिए भी कुछ करना चाहिए जो पैसों के अभाव में पढ़ाई से दूर रह जाते हैं।
मैं प्रतिज्ञा संस्था का शुक्रिया अदा करना चाहता हूँ कि इस संस्था ने मेरे इस इच्छा को पूरा करने का एक बेहतरीन मंच प्रदान किया। इस संस्था की मदद से मैंने एक बच्चे की पढ़ाई के खर्च की जिम्मेदारी उठाई है और प्रतिज्ञा के द्वारा मैं अपने बच्चे की सारी जानकारियाँ आसानी से समय समय पर प्राप्त कर लेता हूँ।
Ms. Jyoti Rani, Honeywell
Pratigya is doing a commendable contribution towards building the future of the Nation and it’s a privilege to be a part of this good cause.
I am associated with this organization since 2010 and found myself very close to my supported child since their effective communication system always makes me feel connected and well appraised of my child’s education status.
Mr. Satyajeet Kumar, IBM Netherlands
India is growing; still there are so many people who do not get basic things. If we want to build our nation, if we want our next generation to lead the society to a next level, we need to educate them now and we need to make sure nobody is left out. Not everybody can work on the ground level, but at least we can support the people who are doing it. I am sponsoring two children’s education through Pratigya and I think everybody can and should help them in one or the other way. It won’t cost you much but it means a lot. Together we can make a difference.
Mr. Tarun Kumar Taisum, Project Lead, L&T Infotech Ltd
I am associated with Pratigya since last 3 years when I started to support the education of two girls from a tribal village namely Chandapara, an educationally adopted village by the organisation. Pratigya also gave me an opportunity to meet with my supported children and their families which most of the organisations do not provide. A day with my supported children was like the greatest gift for me, as, I had an opportunity to mingle with them without any binding from the organisation. I observed that, even my supported children were not very academically sound, but they have some other qualities which could make them appreciable if promoted in a proper way. Currently, I am placed at Kuwait but whenever it feels to know about the developments of my supported children, I get the updates from Pratigya in a very easy way.
Ms. Leenu Elsie Carolene, Manager, State Bank of India
Its a great feeling to fulfill a child’s dream…a dream to study in a school…a dream to make lifetime friends. And Pratigya has helped me in accomplishing this. I would say Pratigya is doing a great job in this field and it makes me feel really happy to be a small drop in this big ocean. May God give this organisation and its members all the strengths and opportunities to move on ahead. Good Luck.
Mr. Prasanth Nair, Sr. Software Engineer, Oracle India
Education for all children tackles a difficult problem since educating children is one of the poorest considered jobs in our country. If you want to make a difference and get the biggest return on your investment, Pratigya is worthy of your support. It’s been wonderful to be part of Pratigya family since last 4 years. Be a part of this noble cause and revolution. They are really doing a wonderful task, I congratulate the team for the services they are rendering to the poor ones.
श्री अमर कुमार वर्मा, इंस्पेक्टर ऑफ पोस्ट्स
प्रतिज्ञा के साथ मेरा जुड़ाव गत 6 वर्षों से है। मुझे इस संस्था के द्वारा अपनाए गए बच्चों के चयन करने की प्रक्रिया काफी सराहनीय लगती है क्योंकि यह बच्चों के चयन में किसी भी प्रकार का भेदभाव नही करते हैं और उन्हीं बच्चों की मदद करते हैं जिनको वाकई में इसकी ज़रुरत होती है। पिछ्ले वर्ष मेरे द्वारा जिस बच्चे की मदद की जा रही थी, उसने दसवीं की परिक्षा बहुत ही बेहतरीन अंकों के साथ उत्तीर्ण किया, जिसपर मुझे खुशी के साथ साथ अत्यंत गर्व भी होता है। इसलिए मैंने इस वर्ष से दो बच्चों के पढ़ाई का खर्च उठाने का निश्च्य किया है।
Ms. Baisakhi Gorai, Assistant Manager, Vijaya Bank
I am proud of being a part of Pratigya family where children who are financially helpless are getting access to education. Since education is the only thing that can change this world, it becomes the basic need and right of a child. It would be a matter of sin for us if we let a child void of this basic necessity in his/her life. I know I am doing a little but this little gives me an extreme inner pleasure and satisfaction. Support Education…Support Pratigya.