Every morning as we awake, an estimated 30,000 children will die due to extreme poverty. Poverty acts as a seemingly unending and brutal cycle of chronic hunger, disease, and debt. Hence, our mission is not only to provide direct humanitarian aid to those who need it the most but also to provide sustainable solutions to those trapped by poverty to break its cycle.
In Sanskrit, Pratit refers to an all pervading passion or conviction to make genuine change. With this guiding principle, Pratit was founded in June 2007 as a humanitarian not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic community level development in urban communities that fall below the poverty line (BPL). These destitute areas are plagued by poor infrastructure, illiteracy, and a heavy disease burden both communicable and chronic. Our work sites are concentrated in urban slums of Northern Kolkata and villages in the surrounding vicinity.
In July 2010, students from the University of Pennsylvania carried out a needs-assessment World Health Organization Survey. Based off the demographics, limited access to doctors, limited healthcare facilities, insufficient medicines, high cost of health treatment, poor public hygiene we confirmed the need for our presence in the specific region.
Our organization’s activities target the fundamental causes of poverty, namely:
-Lack of health care,
-Lack of quality education
-Lack of economic development
The members of Pratit pledge to devote their best efforts to help the poor and needy. Pratit affirms that it will keep a high ethical standard and adhere to any laws of any nation while doing its work.
Our main objective is to empower high need communities through building local partnerships and bringing global perspectives to tangible implementation. We achieve our impact by promoting social empowerment through a Community Based Development Initiative. Our mission focuses on three areas:
1.) Provision of Comprehensive Healthcare
2) Education Aimed at Self-Reliance
3) Sustainability of Social Welfare
In our approach, we alleviate poverty by working to create sustainable development initiatives and providing local solutions. We take for granted that poverty is attributed more to faulty distribution than under-production.
Acknowledging this, we take pride in directly affecting impoverished areas. We work with local organizations to tackle local situations. Inspired by our personal experiences, we set out to rid the world of poverty, one step at a time. We want to aid areas on a local basis, gradually, yet in a profound manner. We believe that creating local-specific solutions, that respond to each community’s need are an efficient and appropriate way to help those in most need.