Much of development action misses the small, indigenous, nature-based communities. They are deprived of their basic needs and their fundamental rights, and some development actions have adverse effects on them. Population density of these neglected regions and groups is usually low and access conditions are poor, factors that hinder delivery of basic welfare services and creation of infrastructure facilities. Vulnerable groups, such as women, marginal farmers and nomadic population also face difficult social and political circumstances. Besides, the process of change is eroding the cultural base, which has been the source of strength for the indigenous communities. The wealth of local arts and crafts, and the traditional knowledge of ecology, architecture and medicine, that have evolved over centuries among these groups, are being lost, and their socio-psychological health being placed at risk.

Pragya’s work is devoted to increasing the choices and opportunities available to the socially, economically and politically disadvantaged. We deliver a range of welfare services to underdeveloped areas and peoples, and work with governments for improved facilities and infrastructure. In particular, we focus on educational facilities and curricula, potable water and sanitation facilities, and nutrition and healthcare services for deprived communities in remote areas.

We also seek to empower communities to access their basic socio-political, cultural and economic rights and shape their own development, by promoting democratic participation and strengthening grassroots organisations. Grassroots advocacy and local self-governance can help democracy to devolve to the grassroots, and enable indigenous people access their fundamental rights and take charge of their own destiny. Local cultures in particular may be managed at a local level through suitable networking, community institutions, and actions for valorization and spread of cultural forms. We facilitate indigenous communities to preserve and revitalize their cultural heritage and help them set up cultural centers and heritage-based enterprises.

Gender sensitivity is entrenched across the spectrum of Pragya’s work. Aspects of our livelihoods work across traditional handicrafts, apiculture, poultry farming and so on is aimed exclusively at women, whilst our food security work focusses on the nutritional health of women, and trains women as grassroots nutritionists and agricultural advisors equipped with women-friendly agricultural tools. An aspect of our health programme is centred on maternal and reproductive healthcare, supporting women and adolescent girls in northern India. Pragya’s also works to combat gender-based violence in its multiple forms and contexts, including socioeconomic, psychological, and physical violence.

Improved Health and Nutrition
Education for Disadvantaged Children
Education for Sub-Saharan Africa
Basic Needs and Rights of Migrant Workers
Enhancing Status of Women
Preservation of Himalayan Culture
Active Democracy and Rights


>> Social Development Empowerment Centres are providing information and referral services to women facing violence in Assam and Rajasthan under VAW project

>> Puppet shows and pledge campaigns on education and protection of girls conducted across remote districts in rural Rajasthan.

>> Advanced Trauma Care Centre was inaugurated at Trauma Unit, SNM Hospital, Leh. Health professionals received the training on the functioning of ATCC equipment for an improved emergency and trauma care.

>> Creating stronger networks and linkages with communities and stakeholders to fight against VAW across 5 states in India.

>> Training of training vehicle repair and maintenance service providers at pitstops along the Leh Manali highway in collaboration with ITI Leh.

>> The Points of Presence (POPs) along the Leh-Manali highway are providing first-aid, rescue and extrication to the cases of road injuries.

>> Periodic health awareness sessions in local schools & villages are helping in instilling the practices & behaviours related to health & hygiene under the Road Safety project in Leh.

>> Gender stereotypes and various forms of violence being discussed through a participatory discussion with young and enthusiastic students at University College, Lohaujong, Bangladesh

>> Know your rights campaign in High school of Dhaula Panchayat in Bihar, sensitized children on various child rights, protection measures such as childline, POCSO Act.

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