Location- NEW DELHI (India)
Year of Association- 2006
No. of students traineds-150
Major Employers- Name of organizations where the
students under STeP have been placed
ONIDA, BARCLAYS BANK, HDFC BANK, AIRTEL CUSTOMER CARE , MAX HOSPITAL,
SUN DISK CABLE ,CAFE COFFEE DAY ,WEST SIDE ,TATA SKY ,6 TEN CITI
BANK ,HI TECH MOBILE REPAIRING , PVR CINEMAS, AVIVA
PRERANA founders were a
group of like minded persons who had completed their Master’s Degree
in Social Work from then Delhi School of Social work, University of Delhi,
Delhi (India). Most of the founding members belonged to Delhi and had
varied family backgrounds of government servants, professionals and businessmen.
Some of the members have earned higher qualifications including doctorate
degree at later stages of their career. Currently, most of the founder
and members of current Executive Board are holding senior professional
positions with organizations like UNIFEF, Dr. Schroffs Charitable Trust,(
under CSR component of Eicher), Central University and international donor
PRERANA founders and members of the Executive Board have
a strong belief in voluntarism for a social cause and have continued to
practice the same with a strong sense of commitment. Till date they have
continued to giver their quality time to various projects, assignments
and activities of PRERANA – on a regular basis as well as part time
PRERANA owes its origin to the urge of young professionals
who wished to try out and assess applicability of principles of professional
social work in Indian conditions. So much was the idealism and passion,
that for a considerable period, the Organization did not accept grants
as a matter of choice in order to avoid strings often attached with grants,
which limits people’s choices and preferences for their own development;
and continued its activities through community and external voluntary
participation and contributions. With successful experimentation of professional
social work, the group subsequently gained confidence and started sharing
its professional expertise with other like minded NGOs which they continue
to do so till date. Over a period of time, the group has brought and shared
experiences from other specialized fields such as training, research,
IEC material and ICTs and in the programme sectors from elementary and
adult education, health, reproductive health and family welfare, HIV/AIDS,
livelihood and life skills etc. The priority clients of PRERANA have remained
to be children, adolescents and women belonging to marginalized groups
ABOUT THE ORGANISATION
PRERANA is a non profit voluntary organization working to
enable underprivileged/marginalized individuals, groups and communities
towards empowerment and self development.
Formed in 1974, PRERANA was formally registered as a society in 1976 with
Registrar of Societies, Delhi (under no. S/8276 of 1976).
PRERANA works to create conditions for development where girls, boys,
women and men work together to improve their quality of life as well as
that of communities through self help and participation.
Prerana is a value driven organization and lays emphasis on programme
innovation, learning and sharing of professional approaches, non charity
and professional voluntarism.
A premier organization committed to enhancing the quality
of life of individual and groups.
PRERANA will collaborate with communities,
NGOs, INGO s and Central State government departments/agencies to create
conditions for development where girls, boys women and men can work together
to improve the quality of life as well as their communities through self
help and participation.
The focus areas would be population, health, education and capacity building
DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTRE
Under Delhi Government’s project ‘Mission
Convergence’ PRERANA has been selected as the District Resource
Centre (DRC) for the Central and New Delhi District of Delhi. The project
aims at converging various social welfare schemes and serves with the
objective of making entitlements reach the poor through a single window
system in a hassle free manner.
BETTER LIFE OPTION PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS
PRERANA’s programme for adolescent
s development was started in 1986 and was perhaps amongst the first in
the country at that period of time. It began with learning about adolescents,
later consolidated, verified and shared with others and has now reached
a stage of franchise centres run by alumni’s of the programme with
minimum technical and supervisory support of PRERANA
The program at present is being implemented in five semi urban villages
in the Badarpur area of New Delhi. Objective of the program is to motivate
the adolescents to realize their potential and harness lit, so that they
are able to contribute positively and effectively to the family and community.
LEADERSHIP AWARD PROGRAM USING SPORTS
PRERANA in collaboration with NAZ Foundation
is running a project title GOAL since 2007. This project innovately expanded
the Life Skills program for adolescents to include ‘sports’
as a vehicle for social inclusion and Women’s Empowerment and Leadership.
FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRE
With assistance from the Delhi Social Welfare Board,
PRERANA runs a Family Counselling Centre at Jaitpur. The objective of
the programme is to provide counseling, referral and possibly rehabilitative
services to women victims and also to others who are affected by family
and social problems and disputes.
PRERANA also undertakes research and
evaluation of programs and issues related to adolescent development.PRERANA
also has a great experience of developing Resource Training Materila in
the form of Training Manuals,Flip books, Posters, Handbooks etc. for other
Organisations and Bilaterals.
PRERANA also provides customised training programs and packages for other
organisations and acts as a technical resource on adolescent issues and
basic program management.
ASSOCIATION WITH SMILE FOUNDATION
With the financial support of Smile Foundation PRERANA
implemented a project titled “Addressing the Educational and Health
Care needs of out of School adolescents” for drop out children in
the six villages of Badarpur. The Project was initiated in the year of
2006 for a period of one year. The objective of the project was basic
literacy skill through non formal educational forums for adolescents who
have never been to school collaborated with open school through pre bridge
and bridge courses in an effort to main stream the drop out and out of
school into the education system apart from all these young adolescents
were also sensitized on life skill education nutrition and health care
needs and linkage with vocational skill training organization/institutes
for interested adolescents were established.
In all around 300 students were enrolled and completed the programme.
DEVELOPMENT OF MANUAL AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS
In the year 2007 PRERANA developed a Training manual for SWABHIMAN project.
SWABHIMAN project focuses on generating awareness among girl child/young
women on various life skill issues through various partner organizations.
PRERANA was approached to develop a manual to assist the community health
educators and volunteers impart information to young girls. The manual
covered the issues of Life Skill, Gender and Reproductive Health. The
manual was developed in English and Hindi.
Further to the development of manual Smile Foundation also invited PRERANA
to conduct the Training of Trainers. PRERANA team conducted the 5 days
training for the partners which focused on general capacity building and
developing skills to effectively implementing the manual.
TWIN E LEARNING CENTRE
A Twin e Learning centre, was initiated in the Badarpur area in mid 2007.
Objective of the project is to impart employable and marketable skills
like spoken and written English and Computer Education to the underprivileged
adolescent youth, residing in locations near the Badarpur area, from where
the centre operates.
The programme also aims at imparting soft skills like
• Basic management including Retail and Sales Management
• Personality development, Career opportunities and Counseling Team
Work and Leadership qualities
• Gender issues
• Reproductive and Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS issues
Mahipal Verma Mahipal is 20 years of age and has completed
his class 12th from Government school. Mahipal is trained under the Smile
Twin e-Learning Course curriculum and passed out successfully in Jan.09.
In Mahipal's family there are 3 has members including him. His father
suffred from T.B. and he lost him 3 years ago. Now he has his mother and
young brother to support. Being the elder in family he faced the burden
of supporting his family after his father passed by. Mahipal then got
to know the Twin e-Learning Programme which is run near his house. He
learnt the 6 months training in which he gained knowledege about Basic
Computers, English, Retail and Basic Management, Adolscent Health. Earlier
a very shy person he felt the confidence in himself after learning many
new things at the centre.
Mahipal currently works with Cafe Coffee Day outlet at Faridabad and is earning
Rs.4500 p.m. He says that he interacts with different kind of people throughout
day and is enjoying his work. He dreams of growing in his present position
and also studying further. He wants his mother to be proud of him and
support education of his younger brother.
a 22 years old girl of Jaitpur also passed out from Smile Twin e-Learning
Centre in February 2009. She stays with her parents. Her father is working
in a private company. Nutan has one brother, who is a graduate. Before
joining the center, like many of her peers, she did not want to take up
a job, because her parents frowned upon it.
After joining this course she started interacting with many other girls
her age, who were all focused and had aims and ambitions of being self
reliant and independent.
By and by she realized that she too would not like to be dependent on
her family for her immediate and personal needs. She got motivated and
convinced to look for work and was also able to convince her parents about
her aspirations. She has now joined Onida at Mathura Road, in the Customer
Care Division. She is earning around Rs. 5000/- per month.