☞ 1) Tree Plantation
Research has shown that survival rate of trees planted is less than 1%. Tree Plantation is a very easy task, but, making them survive is a very difficult.
We, Prayas Youth Foundation are onroute for making the Gogababa Hills located in Aurangabad city, clean and green. We have planted approx 2000 plants at Gogababa hills and have made 85% of plants survive. Every Sunday we gather at Gogababa hills for maintenance and keeping record of what’s done till now.
We do watering regularly. In the initial days of plantations, water facility there was so poor, that members had to fill the bucket with a single hand pump and carry the bucket to the spot of plantation. It was a tough time, but, Prayas members never backed off from any responsibilities given to them. As we are a student based NGO we do not have a strong financial base. We needed financial support back then to build a proper watering system at Gogababa Hills.
Companies like Endress Hauser & Johnson and Johnson supported Prayas for making Gogababa Hills clean and green. Some NRIs’ showed their support towards Prayas for this noble cause.
Prayas has also covered area around the city like High Court, Divisional Sports Complex, APPS School, Indus World Hospital, Hudco and Garkheda area by planting more trees for making this city greener.
☞ 2) Traffic Awareness
Every day, 3300 deaths and 6600 serious injuries occur on the road in the world. Countless people lose their loved ones in accidents daily. And the rate of deaths due to accidents is increasing day by day.
Prayas Youth Foundation is focusing widely in this sector. Prayas is taking an effort to spread traffic awareness as much as possible. Prayas has taken efforts to start this campaign. We have organized lots of traffic awareness campaigns and attempted to educated people about traffic rules. We request motorist as well as pedestrians to follow traffic rules for their safety. The Prayas member corrects motorists of their mistakes including reluctance to wear helmet, fasten chin straps during the campaign. Main activities of the campaign were placing our banners near signal, which is written and designed in order to obey Traffic Rules, in prior permission with Police. Preparing ourselves in masking or face colouring, getting ready with pamphlets, placards and stickers. Insisting people around us, to follow Traffic Rules, like asking them to wear helmet, seat belt, making them to stop before the STOP Line and walk in the Zebra crossing. Prayas will keep trying until there comes a day when everyone is following rules and are completely aware of the rules of which they follow will save their lives. We’ve tried to convey our messages through street plays and flash mobs. We also performed at various colleges to make today’s youth aware of the rules and regulations.
☞ 3) Eco-friendly Holi
While water is a renewable resource, it is at the same time a finite resource. The total quantity of water available on the globe is the same as it was two thousand years ago.
People waste lakhs of litres of water on Holi. For? FUN?
People should know the importance of water. People face water scarcity almost every summer, still they chose to waste water on Holi. Prayas members celebrate Holi with dry colours and no water. We make an effort to ask as many as possible people to do the same. We also plant trees on such occasions. We ask everyone to use only dry colours and avoid using water, avoid water balloons.
☞ 4) Eco-friendly Diwali with HIV +ve Kids
One Diwali night causes as much damage to the ecology as regular pollution does over the span of a year.
Firecrackers are second on the list of major causes of pollution. All kinds of pollutions are spread through firecrackers. Burning them may seem to be fun, but, one has no idea of how much they are damaging the environment around them. We, Prayas member don’t celebrate Diwali with firecrackers. But instead we celebrate it with HIV kids. Decorate their hostels; organize fun and entertaining events for them. When you do a selfless good deed for someone and you see them smiling, that is the truest smile in the world. We spend a complete day with HIV kids, providing lunch/ dinner and our members do everything they can to make them special on the festival of lights. You can see the lights in their happy eyes.
☞ 5) Blood Donation Camps
We arrange 2-3 camps of Blood Donation every year in Aurangabad city. Prayas also spreading awareness among people about blood donation and its benefits. If there’s urgent requirement of blood somewhere, they can contact us and we’ll help as much possible. Prayas members donate their blood on their birthdays as well as their special occasion. One blood donation is beneficial to save three life’s.
☞ 6) Save Birds Campaign
Prayas is moreover focusing on saving birds. Due to the ever increasing concrete jungle, birds are having difficulty with food & shelter. Bird plays an important role in eco-system. We, here at Prayas, encourage people to help birds by providing food and water to bird. We sell bird-feeder at no-profit no-loss basis. As well, dig artificial water ponds during summer period for birds at hills. We gather all the waste food grains from around the city and keep it properly beside those ponds.
☞ 7) Nature Tour and Bird Watching
Nature tours are organized by Prayas regularly so that the members enjoy and know how beautiful the nature is around them. This keeps our members very fresh and active after spending some time with the nature. They start appreciating the incredible things around them and find out ways to protect it. Nature tour motivates members. Bird watching is a major activity done in nature tours. Bird watching is for gathering information about birds at ground zero. We arrange bird watching every year at Supna & Jayakwadi.
☞ 8) Adventure Expeditions
Adventure activities are done to keep the excitement level high and for enjoyment. It’s not only a fun activity, but, we clean those places while enjoying adventure. We’ve done rappelling at Daultabad & Aurangabad caves. Para sailing at Chawni & Mahismal. Trekking at Gogababa Hills, Hanuma tekdi, Satara Parisar and Sai Tekdi.
☞ 9) Nirmalya Collection
People are polluting rivers by throwing flowers left over after a pooja. Many rivers are heavily polluted by this. Prayas members collect these flowers and everything what’s left after a pooja. We use these flowers to make compost for plants and trees. This helps keeping the rivers clean and plants healthy. Every year we do nirmalya collection at ganesh visharjan
☞ 10) Cleaning Drive
Many tourist places are extremely polluted with plastic bags, wrappers, bottles, etc. To deal with this problem, Prayas organize Clean Drives to many tourist places with the purpose to make it clean. Everything is arranged by Prayas. No fees or charge is taken for members. We clean those places as well as have fun/entertaining activities after the cleaning is finished. We’ve arranged several cleaning drives up till now. Daultabad fort, Mahismal, Gogababa hills & Hanuman tekdi are some of the places we’ve cleaned. Some places like Daultabad fort and Mahismal had to be cleaned more than once.
☞ 11) Water and Soil Conservation
Every year, during rainy season, tons of litters of water and soil wash away. Washing away of soil is harmful for plants and trees. Prayas take efforts to save and utilize water and soil. Rain water harvesting is carried out at hills. This saved and stored water is used for ground water charging which can be used in various ways. This also prevents soils erosion and keeps the soil fertile. We have done water and soil conservation project at goga baba hill and at Dr. Kalam smriti van
☞ 12) Clothes Distribution
Prayas helps poor and needy people by providing them clothes collected from various individuals. Clothes distribution takes place on various occasions such as new years, festivals, birthdays and many more. People can contact us if they want to donate their used clothes and we deliver it to the needy.
Prayas wanted to celebrate new years differently, so, instead of wasting money on fancy parties, we decided to help the poor people who does not have proper clothes even in winter seasons. Prayas encourages people to donate their clothes instead of throwing them away.
☞ 13) Newspapers and Scrap Collection
This is a fund raising activity. We post an update on social media via various means and provide a number where people can call us to communicate for . Prayas members then individually go to houses and collect newspapers. Peoples who donate their newspaper are given certificates for their good deed. This helps us to keep our financial base balanced.
☞ 14) World Environmental Day
Every year we Celebrate World Environment Day by tree plantation and awareness activities. We arranged different environmental games with entertainment for spreading awareness among the people related to our environment and eco system.
☞ 15) Occasional Plantation
Share happiness on someone’s big day by giving them a unique gift, something that will grow with them! We encourage people to plant saplings to celebrate any occasion in their lives like or even in the memory of a loved one. Of course, there are times you don’t need a reason! Just go ahead and plant a tree for Mother Earth!
The major aim of Prayas is to increase green Cover of our motherland, for this we found any reason for tree plantation which Includes Birthday plantation, Anniversary plantation, Remembrance Plantation, Welcome plantation, Breakup plantation. These things are very helpful to attach peoples to the plants.
☞ 16) Home Nursery
We have distributed numbers of tree saplings among our volunteers at their home. They taking care of trees at their home and growing them properly. After one or two year when trees are properly grown that time we plant this trees on field. It helps us to grow small saplings to big trees.
☞ 17) Nari Swabhiman Saptah
Some Women have contributed an unbelievable amount of knowledge, discovery, and talent in every field unfortunately, each and every woman does not get the credit.
This woman’s are fighting with their family and society for good cause, they face lots of challenges for this but they not quit. We Prayas try to find out this strong woman’s and honore them for increasing their encouragement.
☞ 18) Water Bawl
Marathwada is drought prone area which does not have proper water availability to humans in summer. Aurangabad’s temperature gone on 42%. Warm-blooded animals, which are Mostly birds and mammals, need to maintain a relatively constant body temperature or they would suffer dire consequences. It doesn’t matter what the outside temperature is—they must maintain the same internal temperature. For us, the commonly accepted average body temperature is 98.6 °F (even though it may vary among individuals.
We try to reduce this problem by putting 200 Cement water bawls in City area as well as Waluj MIDC area.