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About Us

Prayatna means ‘Endeavour’. Prayatna has its origins in the rural India. It started operations in 2003 in a place called Bharwari, a rural hamlet close to Muzaffarpur in Bihar. It was founded by Prabhat Kumar, in Muzaffarpur, Bihar after he observed widespread destitution and imbalance in the neighbouring rural villages as a young college graduate. He saw the state of communities, particularly where the lower castes were living for ages. In the wake of seeing the issues in the communities, he was resolved to have any kind of effect as opposed to being a by stander. In 2003, Prabhat Kumar and his colleagues set up Prayatna. He started to give his time and assets into helping the marginalised population around him. He began free classes for street children and started to work for the livelihood of needy individuals. He made individuals mindful of their rights and connected them with the administration programs. Gandhian qualities and Gandhian method for rustic improvement has constantly propelled him to proceed with his work in this field. Organizations began to be shaped with the legislature and different offices. In 2017, Pratik Kumar assumed the role of President Prayatna and has expanded the nature and scope of work being done by the NGO. Currently Prayatna has programmes operational in Bihar, UP, Delhi, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Praytana is a grassroot level organization. The President is an Ex IITan and Civil servant who is well versed with most govt. regulation, programmes and schemes. With more than 30 years behind him, he is has a good sense of how to work with State Rural Livelihood Mission, NABARD, KVIC, KVKs, etc. Besides the President, the board and advisors have very senior people who have been associated with local officials and are aware of regulations.

Our Mision

Create a society of empowered individuals who realize their full potential in a manner that is sustainable and equitable

Our Vision

To empower individuals and communities living on the margins so that they are economically and socially endowed, live a life of dignity and contribute meaningfully to society.

Board of Management

Pratik Kumar - President

PRATIK KUMAR is a seasoned social sector practitioner with the right mix of passion and professionalism. He has a career spanning almost three decades in the UN, International NGOs, Indian Government and the private sector. In 2016 he moved on from his role as the Executive Director at Magic Bus Global after seven years with the organisation. Earlier he was the CEO of Magic Bus India Foundation and responsible for scaling the organisation from a small programme in Mumbai to 23 states in India, reaching out to 400000 children and youth. He completed his graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. After a brief stint in the corporate sector, he joined the Indian Civil services in the 1992 batch. His four-year stint in the National AIDS control programme in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India inspired him to play a more substantial role in the social sector. In 2006, he left the government to join United Nations in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for South Asia to lead a project on drugs and HIV. He is a native of Bihar and believes that young people have the power to truly shape the future.

Vashistha Narayan - Secretary

B.Tech, Diploma in Management, Ex-President at Bokaro Co-operative Society and Winner of Metallurgical Award. Mr. Narayan has served steel sector for more than 34 years across locations in India. He was instrumental in welfare and rehabilitation of villagers displaced because of new steel plant commissioning. His contribution towards training unskilled casual workers/tribal at plant site has become a benchmark for the Industry. This resulted into better employment to unskilled worker and tribal of nearby area. He is sensitive toward ecology and nature and has done series of environment awareness camps/plantation camps, thereby reducing the damage caused because of industrialization.

Prabhat Kumar - Treasurer

MA, LLB, B. Ed, He is a member of the institutional ethical committee in S.K Medical College, Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He was also a member of the advisory committee for the National Science Committee for B.R.A Bihar University in Muzaffarpur. Committed to Gandhian philosophy and a strong contender of working for social well-being, Mr. Prabhat Kumar has contributed to facilitate women's empowerment and create youth education.

Dr. (Prof) Arun Kumar Singh -  

PHD Political Science, Ex-Coordinator National Service Scheme (NSS), Bihar University. Dr. Kumar has been working for poor and underprivileged especially those living in slums and villages for many years. His main areas of focus have been health, education, child abuse, child protection, and women empowerment. He provides the children’s rights and protection perspectives to Prayatna.

Dr. Vikas Narayan Upadhyay -  

PHD Political Science, Ex Coordinator NSS. Dr. Vikas Narayan has worked in the field of women empowerment, poverty alleviation, livelihood and youth affairs. As a Coordinator of NSS he has contributed tremendously to youth leadership and has inspired many young people to contribute to the society. He provides critical inputs to the youth programmes of Prayatna.

Sudha Sweety Thakur -

An ardent social activist based in Kalimpong, West Bengal. A disciple of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and adheres to his ideologies, spreading them among the youths of the coming generations. A passionate worker for the youths and conducts various programmes for them.

Indra Devi -

A passionate social activist working for women's empowerment. An expert in tailoring and stitching and conducts sessions with women under Prayatna's livelihood programme running in Bihar. She is also an active member of the Panchayati Raj association and is involved in various charitable activities.

Advisory Board

Prof. (Dr.) A.K. Roy

B.Sc., M. Sc. and Ph.D, Professor of Botany and Director, Bioinformatics Centre, Pro-Vice Chancellor, T. M. Bhagalpur University. Prof. Roy has been actively engaged in teaching and research work for almost three decades. He has written more than 125 original research papers in reputed Indian and Foreign journals and about two dozen review articles. He is a member of different organizations like Indian Phyto-Path Society, Indian Botanical Society, Indian Ethno-botanical Society, Indian Mycological Society, Congress of Medicinal Plant Research, Netherlands etc. Presently, he is a member of several statutory and non-statutory committee of the University.

Prof. Gopal Saran Sinha

MA (Sociology), MA (Psychology), Ex Head of Department Patna College, Ex Principal, Barh College, Bihar, Social Worker, Philanthropist, Teacher. Prof. Sinha is eminent professor in the field of Sociology. He has been part of social engineering for development and growth of under privileged. He has travelled across regions to spread message of peace and harmony among youth. He has been helping students to pursue their dreams of higher education by providing them food and shelter. He has also worked towards gender equality and women empowerment.

Vijay Kumar Singh

B.Tech (Mining), M. Tech (Envt.) Ex-Chief General Manager, Environment from Coal India Limited. A mining engineer from Indian School of Mines has pioneered outstanding work on environment and sustainable development issues. He was a member of the Environmental Appraisal Committee of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India responsible for giving environmental clearance for Coal and Thermal Power projects. Besides his technical skills he believes in contributing back to society and has worked extensively to help underprivileged communities by providing them education and livelihood support. He is a champion of sustainable development that works seamlessly with the need for economic prosperity.

Dr. Awadh Kishore Singh

MBBS, MD. Dr. Singh has an illustrious career spanning over 30 years in the Bihar State Government and social sector. He has worked in the government as a Doctor serving in several districts of the state in both urban and rural locations. During this time, he had a chance to engage with the most marginalised communities that needed the maximum attention. He specialised in the area of TB, immunization and general health care. He is now devoted to the social sector and continues to provide health care services to the society.


Ms. Mahima Misra Singh - Project Head

Mahima is a Master's in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She then had a brief stint in the private sector before taking up a Ph.D. with the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University. A year into the programme she took the decision to concentrate on her family. She joined the Delhi Govt. as a Maths Teacher, where she had spent 20 years with several schools. She learnt how to deal with marginalized children and encourage them to strive to do their best. She followed a very innovative approach in her teaching using mathematical models and promoting concepts like mental maths. Recently she joined Prayatna to lead a School transformation project meant to provide holistic education to children. She also has a good understanding of school administration and teacher’s training

Mansi Mahajan- Programme Head

Mansi Mahajan has around 14 years of experience of working in the Development Sector. She has a professional degree of master’s in social work from Delhi School of Social. She has made a deliberate choice of working in the social sector to engage in the active space of where things make a difference. Apart from experience of working various thematics of Livelihoods, Education, Nutrition, Disaster Response, Health, she also has skills on Program designing, Planning, execution, Monitoring, and Impact Assessment. She has worked with organizations like ACCESS Development Services, Micro Insurance Academy, Tata Trusts, PACS and Charities Aid Foundation India, before she recently joined Prayatna as Programme Head. She enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading fiction and cooking.

Shalini Ranjan - Programme Manager (Bihar and Jharkhand)

Shalini has a bachelor’s degree in English Lit and her master’s in Social Work from Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. Post that she joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences as a Young Professional. Later she joined Mahatma Gandhi Sewa Ashram, Gwalior. Her Job role mainly focused upon capacity building of grass-root organization and fundraising in order to lead these organizations towards sustainability. Her deep-rooted passion of working on grass root level has brought her to Prayatna wherein she assumed the post of Programme Manager for Bihar and Jharkhand.

Manaswani Saxena Bhushan - Programme Manager

Manaswani has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science (H) from Miranda House, University of Delhi and a Master's in Social Work from Amity University Noida. She has a rich experience working in the development sector. She has been associated with organizations like Mobile Creches, Dignity Foundation, WeConnect International, FXB India Suraksha, Chetna NGO, Wishes and Blessings among others in her professional journey. Her zeal for social work and drive of working to bring about true change has brought her to Prayatna. At Prayatna, she works as a Programme Manager, helping steer the organization's projects and initiatives.

Srijeeta Saha - Programme Officer

Srijeeta has completed her studies in psychology and early childhood development from Jamia Millia Islamia. She has gained experience in development consultancy and career counselling. A passionate social worker with an interest in understanding human psychology. Currently, she is involved with Prayatna’s Fit India Programme as a career counsellor and English Trainer.

Sanghmitra Singh - Programme Officer

Sanghmitra, an alumna of Miranda House, has completed her Masters from Ambedkar University, Delhi with an inclination towards women history. She is passionate about working for the community and wants to design localized solutions to problems prevalent in our country, integrating human rights and gender equality framework. She handles communication, documentation, brand development and social media.

Amit Kumar - IT and Design Officer

Amit has completed his studies in BCA (Bachelor in Computer Application) from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam University. He is a computer trainer and Editor & Designer in Prayatna with over 3 years of experience in the NGO sector. Amit is a passionate social worker devoted to bringing change to communities around him. He has worked hard and risen from the ranks. His particular interests include childhoods, livelihood, leadership. He is also a Certified Software Engineer from NIIT.

Top Bahadur Kunwar - Associate Manager - Accounts

He has 10 years of experience in the areas of Accountancy, Auditing and Administration. Top has also worked as Admin officer with Magic Bus India Foundation, Colonel’s Academy, Sashakt Foundation and KLG Systel Ltd. Admin Executive, respectively. He has worked hard and risen from the ranks. He has good expertise in auditing and finding accounting solutions which improves operational efficiency and achieve cost saving.

Ruchika Saxena - HR & Admin Officer

Ruchika holds a Bachelor of commerce & MBA in Human Resource from Subharti University, Meerut. She has been working for more than 8 years in same field.She develops new strategies , HR systems & policies while trying to strengthen existing HR processes and systems for the organization.

Bharat Kumar Yadav - ERC Co-ordinator

Bharat Kumar Yadav, MSW, CSRD-Institute of social work and research, Ahmednagar. He has experience working in the fields of Mother and Child Health & Nutrition, Capacity Building, BCC, and Training and Advocacy. He is associated with Prayatna from 2021 and leads Village Entrepreneurship Promotion Program in Jharkhand.

Lives Touched








Youth Development


Sustainable Development


Emergency Relief