Prakruthi is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bangalore, where it is registered since 1991 as a public charitable trust. ‘Prakruthi’ in Sanskrit means Nature in the wider sense. Prakruthi was established by development professionals and social entrepreneurs to provide solace to underprivileged communities and also to train them in technical skills, so they could become dynamic members of society.
Education and arts
With the opening of a multipurpose learning centre in the nineties, the ball was set rolling. Prakruthi has been able to provide early childhood education to over 250 children per year and enrol them into the mainstream schools. To encourage the children’s development, Prakruthi started courses on Performing and Fine Arts, including basic skills training on pottery, painting, drawing and performing arts such as Mohiniyattam, folk dances, Bharathanatyam. Stimulating education and arts is still an important part of Prakruthi’s identity, and has evolved into the establishment of the Centre of Arts and Cultural Heritage (CACHe).
In the year 2001, Prakruthi supported the Indian Armed Forces in the Ladakh region of Kashmir. The project was initiated to improve the lives and the financial security of families affected by the Kargil War. A group of thirty Prakruthi volunteers worked with the local population to form women’s empowerment units, to support widows earn money while sponsoring their children’s education. Furthermore, Prakruthi has initiated a program to identify Persons with Disability (PWD) to support them in their fields of interest. Out of this program the SAMA foundation was born. This Bangalore based foundation supports disabled children to overcome the educational disadvantages and denial of personal rights and economic security.
Corporate Social Responsibility
In 2006, Prakruthi started a transformation process to be able to address developmental issues beyond the urban educational programs and support the rural and urban poor in various hard to reach sectors such as tea, coffee, sugarcane, cotton and garments. Prakruthi’s programs are growing steadily and nowadays the activities touch the life of more than 50.000 families. We have been successful in linking the CSR agendas of various companies to address poverty issues and sustainable development in trying to achieve our stated mission.
Since 2010, Prakruthi is an international not-for-profit organisation with a support office in the UK, handling a varied portfolio of activities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Prakruthi has grown from a child-centred empowerment organisation in the 1990s to an international NGO promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and a holistic approach to address the reality of children and their families in low-income groups in the rural and urban sections of society.