Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, is an international organization that promotes social entrepreneurship by affiliating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka organization. In the year 2006 Amlan was inducted as an Ashoka Fellowship and on the following year in July 2007, Amlan was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to attend the Global Urban Summit on Innovations for an Urban World in Bellagio, Italy. Prayasam’s award-winning Area Health Minders were subsequently cited as a successful local solution to public health in Century of the City: No Time to Lose, a Rockefeller Foundation publication.
Prayasam started taking interns from Universities all over the world. Prayasam has it’s own website during this period. And we have 3 new Directors during this period. Piyali, Saptarshi and Debasis. During this time we could replicate our Brick Kiln experiences in Municipal areas. Our first batch of Child Area Health Minders are growing up first and we developed a Child to Youth Mind Nurturing model:
- Bopon – 0 to 3 years
- Sahajpath – 3 to 6 years
- Ekjot – 7 to 12 years
- Nirmaan – 13 to 18 years
In 2009, Amlan was selected as the most innovative public health leader to be profiled in Revolutionary Optimists, a documentary film project headed by Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film. Amlan was invited by the Stanford Program in Bioethics and Film to attend the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Producers Institute for New Media Technologies from May 28 through June 6, 2010 in San Francisco, California, as a guest of the Institute. Salim, one of the new entrants went to the Indian Parliament to aware the Parliamentarians about the water condition of their communities.
In 2013 Salim and Sikha were invited by none other than Melinda Gates to hold a one on at the TED X platform at Seattle. Sikha was considered by Melinda Gates as one of the most inspirational girls that she had ever met. And the national and international media made a great hullabaloo of this.
After the success of Purulia, Prayasam was invited to replicate the same Meena concept with lot of new aspects added into it, in 8 other districts of West Bengal and this time UNICEF partnered with West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education and it’s still continuing.
Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor, Save The Children, World Vision India, UNDP and other overseas agencies partnered with Prayasam to do Projects to Stop Child Labour, Child Abuse and increase Child Participation. Prayasam was touted as one of the leading organizations to work on Child Right to Participation.
We started imparting computer knowledge to our constituents and for the first time with the help of Google and Earth Institute, Columbia our 2nd generation Ekjot Nirmaan team developed Community Map. And collection of Data became simpler and less time consuming as Google by supporting our Youth Advocates with Smart Phones have made their task easy.
Corporates like Indian Oil, Coal India started supporting our initiatives. Global Fund for Children became our partner and through them we were introduced to Adobe. Saptarshi became one of the Adobe Youth Educators and started introducing the digital media in Prayasam.