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Prayas – Prayas Association Prayas |



“PRAYAS “is the Parent’s Association for Children with Special Needs – Rajkot, Gujarat
Having 700 + members and growing with the aim to work for the development of mentally challenged Children and Parents as well as awareness of Society.
In 2008, 5 parents had come together to discuss their problems regarding mentally challenged children and parents in one small garden and finally parent’s association came into existence in the year 2009.
The name PRAYAS itself signifies its work sphere. The meaning of PRAYAS is” try “and “success “.

President – Pooja Patel

I myself, Pooja Patel from Rajkot. I got married on 23rd Feb 2004 and went to Jaipur with family. After one n half year by grace of God I got a baby boy named Vasu. It was an excellent moment and we all were very happy. After completion of 2 years we got to know that my child is not a normal kid, and everything had stopped suddenly and shocked, had no words to describe my feelings. After some time, I had decided to do something for this kind of children since I had tried many schools and support my son, but I was helpless.

Then I had joined Umang School at Jaipur with my son and decided this should be the life to support those kids anyhow as much as I can till, I live.

I had started studying B.Ed. with Special Education in Jaipur and moved back to my home town to do something at my home town, Rajkot. I joined Prayas Parent’s Association as an Admin and Vice President with 3 special kids now I am proud to say that I am the mother of 150+ kids with 700+ Members with me.

I have also completed recently M.Ed. in Special Education so that I can provide best ever training to my kids and spread the awareness, I have had received many awards and it’s all dedicated to these Special Kids.


Academic Profile:

  • M.Ed. in MR Special Education
  • B.Ed. in MR Special Education
  • ART Based Therapist (ABT Practitioner)
  • B.Com

Experiences and Positions in NGO/ Chapters:

  • President – Prayas Parent’s Association. Rajkot a School with Special Children
  • EC Member, Parivaar-NCPO (National level one of the largest Confederation with 235 NGO) (Social).
  • Special Children Educator – Umang School, Jaipur

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