Prayas (Rajapark Integrated School)

Project Brief: Started in 1996, Prayas is an institute working for mentally challenged, physically disabled and socially deprived children. Based in Jaipur, this is the first Vocational Institute for Mentally Challenged in Rajasthan, with its own uniqueness.
Project Type: Children with Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: UIUC
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Rekha Santhanam
Project Partner(s): Jatinder Arora
Other Contacts: Vineet Jain
Project Address: , J-5A, Jhalana Institution Area,,Jaipur,
Tel: +91-(0)141-2711018/ 2703110
Stewarding Chapter: UIUC
Feb 2009Ann-ArborUSD 4000
Jan 2009UIUCUSD 3500
Jan 2009AtlantaUSD 2000
Sep 2008UIUCUSD 4289
Dec 2007UIUCUSD 4650
Aug 2007AtlantaUSD 5550

Total = $23989

Asha-UIUC, Asha Ann-Arbor and Asha-Atlanta together supported the running costs of this project. Prayas has 3 integrated schools.Rajapark has been supported in the past and Amagarh as well as Sanganer will be supported by active chapters.
The project strives to provide education, health care and nutritional support to children with special needs through the Integrated School and Community Based Rehabilitation Programme. Prayas' novel approach of inclusive education for all children - challenged and non-challenged children - encourages learning and interaction that has truly worked wonders.

Prayas’ main goal is to provide quality education for all children, regardless of their social status or capabilities. In addition, Prayas aims to improve and provide health and nutritional care for the underprivileged and for those living below the poverty line. This includes children with physical and mental disabilities.

Quoting Ms. Jatinder: "Inclusive Education means all children playing, studying, singing, dancing and eating under one roof, this develops feeling of care, love & confidence amongst children. For moderate, Severe and profound category children, we have special classes whereas the mild and borderline children study with the able bodied children in the same class but have one hour extra coaching so that they can cope up in the class. Only mild, borderline and slow learner children can be integrated in regular class."
Prayas has four branches in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The main branch is located in Jhalana (special needs school), further we have three Integrated Schools, one in Rajapark and two branches located in the basti’s of Sanganer and Amaghar.

Currently, Asha continues to support Prayas' initiatives at their other schools. For details, please visit: