The word Praajak means charioteer, the one who guides and mentors.. We believe that
we are enablers for the youth and the communities we work with to move ahead and forget their
own pathways to empowerment
Our journey began in 1997 with a commitment to securing a better present and future for children and youth living in historically disadvantaged communities, in confined custodial milieus and those who find themselves surviving on their own.
We work collectively with children and youth, the communities they live in, government and non- government actors to create a caring and protective environment for them. Drawing from the rights based approach; we support vulnerable children and youth in utilising their potential and agency. We focus on child protection issues such as unsafe migration, child trafficking, child sexual abuse, early/child and forced marriages and child work and labour. We consistently engage with and challenge notions of masculinity and patriarchy. This has led to a growing body of work with boys and young men and supporting them in playing their part in creating a gender equitable society. We prioritise processes of capacity building and participatory development. We undertake direct implementation, systems strengthening and technical support, networking and advocacy.
A happy, healthy and creative child whose rights are protected and honoured in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice and equity for all.
A child-centric approach, in which we follow the child, their needs and interests
and respond to their needs immediately.
Child-centred approach implies recognising and making sure that the child is put first before anyone else. Every single person who works with children has a huge responsibility to look after the child and make sure that each child they come into contact with is safe.
A child centred approach encourages every child to communicate and connect with people who
look after them and works with them. They should offer them choices without interfering. A
child centred approach is also beneficial for them to learn the correct skills they need to
As the approach is based around the child, it meets their individual needs and it doesn’t just benefit one child; it benefits all children because they are all different and will respond differently to certain approaches
This approach also puts the concept of child agency at the centre of all our direct interventions and advocacy. When children have a sense of agency, they are able to make choices and decisions to influence events, and to have an impact on their world. As children make meaningful decisions and choices about things which affect them, they begin to see themselves as competent, capable learners, as valuable and valued citizens within their families and communities. Developing a sense of agency in children means providing opportunities for children to make choices in their day to day life.