Prayas (Endeavour) is a voluntary organization working for social, political and economic development in Chittorgarh district of Southern Rajasthan. Established in 1979, Prayas, as its name suggests, is distinguished primarily by its evolving orientation. It has taken up many kinds of issues and undertaken a variety of projects with several, sometimes divergent approaches.


The unity that underlines this diversity has been provided by Prayas`pro-people and pro-empowerment orientation, continuous effort to respond to people`s voices and changing circumstances, and the priority given to concrete experience over conceived theory or received dogma. Over its more than two decades, Prayas has been characterised by creative efforts and experimental, open-ended attitudes. Diverse adventures and turbulent events, therefore, have filled these years.


  • Enable to poor to have opportunities for their social, economic, physical and cultural growth.
  • Create alternative knowledge and mechanisms for community development.
  • Lobby to secure social, economic, political and cultural rights for all.
  • Respond to contemporary poverty related community needs.
  • Campaign for gender sensitive conduct and equity.