Prayas, Inc. is a non-profit organization in USA to promote and support educational and developmental efforts in India.
is a Hindi word, derived from Sanskrit, meaning endeavor
. The name of our organization represents the spirit behind its formation, purpose and activities. We wish to make an effort and contribution towards improving the level and spread of education and information in Indian society.
We believe that lack of education is at the root of several problems afflicting Indian society. It is a serious impediment to development and improvement in quality of life. Prayas aims to make a positive difference in this area.
Prayas wants to direct its efforts towards meaningful and sustainable improvements instead of temporary relief. We aim to enable and empower people to improve their lives and conditions. Therefore projects and activities supported by Prayas are focused on planned human and social development instead of random charity.
Prayas's programs and activities are managed and monitored through well defined operational processes with emphasis on transparency and accountability.
Prayas raises funds through public contributions in USA, and directs them to its sister organization in India, Pradeepan, which is the implementation arm of Prayas. Contributions made to Prayas are tax exempt in USA. Prayas is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by IRS.