PRAYOG is a platform set up for children of the excluded group: the resource deficient villages lacking infrastructure facilities for quality education, health and focusing education of those in the bottom of socio-economic ladder. The idea of "light an ignited mind" emerged in August 2013 when we distributed solar study lamps to 10 children who were selected based on their write ups (http://prayoginbihar.blogspot.in/2013/08/an-event-essaying-childrens-concerns.html) for solutions on various social issues. Within a month, we realized that these children are also using the solar lamps with other friends from nearby for group study, though the light was not sufficient. We salute the empathy that these children showed, and they also appreciated that their family is able to save in the cost of kerosene.
PRAYOG's library platform is currently serving to more than 400 children in the remotest part of Gopalganj district of Bihar. This library is operated by a youth volunteer (http://prayoginbihar.blogspot.in/2014/09/people-behind-prayog-1-our-youth.html) who in turn is grooming the values of children through stories and case studies. Prajnopaya Foundation, a Massachussetts Institute of Technology initiative has a tie up with us and we are supporting implementation of 'Global Literacy Project', whereby 100 children between 3-8 years of age would be using a tablet each to learn on their own, this November onwards.
"Light an ignited mind" intends to provide solar study lamps to 200 such children. Each of these 100 children between 3-8 years and 100 more children between 8-15 years. A basic solar study lamp costs us Rs.450 and the entire project would need Rs.90000 to be operationalized. A solar study lamp gives our children enough time to read during the nights, saves them from harmful gases they breathe in, saves our environment and above all, saves them from the scolding of their parents to turn off the kerosene lamps after some usage only.