PRAYAS is the extension initiative of Gopali Youth Welfare Society. It was started to generate programs for youth to give back to the community using local resources. Our main objective is to improve the economic conditions of an area through generating employment and setting up businesses that give back their profits to the community.
Back in 2014, our founder Mr. Mrinal Kanti Bhanja realized that the people who achieved
their dreams are not giving back to the society. He identified two reasons behind this
feeble social participation of people:
Firstly, people are under the chains of their financial insecurities. They think that doing social work will not allow them to make their living and hence they lack motivation and passion to bring a change.
Secondly, even if some are motivated they lack a platform and proper guidance and a team of like-minded people to execute their ideas to solve social problems. Through this initiative, we want to motivate people to join us and find out ways to develop an area using the locally available resources.
We aim to provide individuals with a platform to ensure the fulfillment of Sustainable Development Goals for the weaker sections of the Society through sustainable initiatives.
PRAYAS exists to motivate the individuals and provide them with resources to solve the social problems of their surroundings by channelizing the local resources.
Mr. Mrinal Kanti Bhanja
Founder, PRAYAS and President, GYWS
There is a natural law, a Divine law that obliges you and me to believe the sufferings
of the distressed and the destitute. A service for the poor is a supreme virtue, and the
great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind.
As stewards of GOPALI YOUTH WELFARE SOCIETY, the board and staff of Society are committed to adhering as closely as possible to his intentions, as reflected in our guiding principle. GYWS is a rural-based registered organization by and for the people. Despite the many ups and downs, it has pulled on with real favor to serve the disadvantaged, the underprivileged, the poor and the needy. Our journey would not have been smooth if it was not for the support by the wholehearted participation and cooperation from the community as well as from the other partners (agencies) have helped a lot to sustain the activities. So, we take this occasion to extend our heartfelt gratitude to one and all, who, in whatever capacity, might have contributed to one's might to sustain our noble endeavour. We earnestly hope the coming year will be fruitful and meaningful.
Ms.Devaki Nandana Kalam
Once I heard someone saying "Stop being patient and start asking yourself, how do I
accomplish my 10 year plan in 6 months? There are chances to fail, but you'll be lot
further than the person who simply accepted it was going to take 10 years!".
We started PRAYAS as the Business Development Initiative of Gopali Youth Welfare Society, focusing mainly on Rural entrepreneurs who aren't educated and aware of the benefits and government schemes meant for them, guiding young and budding entrepreneurs, and helping social entrepreneurs in increasing their reach. With a team of motivated individuals with the thirst for success, we can always explore new avenues and land up at a better place. Be it a business related problem, social issue or an environment related problem, our team has a solution to tackle every problem. We, at PRAYAS are determined to bring a change and make this world a better place.