This is, perhaps, the largest program running at Prantakatha which reaches out to more than 350 youths every single year. It is a one-year flexible leadership training for youth aged 18-25 with a focus on understanding self, society and leadership skills.The idea behind this program is based upon the notion of a ‘self to society’ journey which allows these youngsters to explore various aspects of their personality by putting them in different scenarios where they have to undertake social action projects in different areas with diver developmental needs. This is a good way of sharpening the un-tempered steel of youthful verve so as to identify exactly how a particular young person would be able to best contribute to social work and social change. This program facilitates a deeper understanding of the self while simultaneously forging a more intimate connection with the society that has produced the self in the first place.
Masti Ki Pathshala
This is a care and learning centre for the children of migrant construction workers which is run by Prantakatha. There are about 25 children aged 5-19 years enrolled in the program which aims to create a free space which will allow these children the freedom to grow and cultivate themselves on their own terms.
Given the various impediments that pose daily problems for the children- from abuse to homelessness- it is a very difficult and challenging task to help the children not be consumed by the austerity, lack and adversity around them and be free to define and determine the path they would like to pursue in the future. It is our attempt, thus, to create a violence-free safe space with free education and scope for intimate interaction through Masti Ki Pathshala that will allow these children the opportunity to discover who they really are. Funded by Motorola India.
This programme is framed precisely to prevent such an unsung injustice from being perpetrated at the most marginalised of intersections.
This program is primarily led by the youth who try to help, support and re-integrate these senior citizens into the mainstream of society. Funded by people of India
Samvidhan Live – Be a Jagrik
This will be a series of talks with stakeholders, communication workshops and culturalperformances by the LGBTQI youth and those supporting their cause promoting human rights for LGBTIQ people. The events will mark important international days and will show solidarity for LGBTIQ community, firm up their network, help them find employment and usher them to mainstream.
Rainbow Talks will enable the larger community to help gender minorities integrate and overcome trauma and fear. This is in continuation of Prantakatha led initiatives for LGBTIQ youth supporting their causeand helping them towards social integration. Funded by US Consulate General in Kolkata.
To map and sensitise vulnerable persons and families, ensure people have access to entitlements, social security, food security and livelihood. All of this is to be done in coordination with Panchayats and Child Protection Committees. Supported by CID West Bengal.