More than 30 lakh civil society organizations (CSOs) exist in India; these are one of the prime job creators for the educated youth. However, the question of how these young professionals are nurtured and find a true vocation after making an informed choice of joining this sector is an area less emphasized.
Once a PRADAN-ite always a PRADAN-ite…seemingly, one can take a PRADAN-ite out of PRADAN but not PRADAN out of a PRADAN-ite…the ethos, philosophy, mission and values remain forever embedded in the psyche
Reminiscences of a former PRADAN-ite bring back, the varied experiences, training opportunities, and personal growth that being an agent of change heralded….today someone who began his journey in PRADAN stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the field
Remembering the influences on him during his formative years in a village in the Himalayas, his education that took him across continents, his drive to return to India and work with the poor and the marginalized, the genesis of PRADAN and his over three-decade journey, this acceptance speech brings alive the quiet determination and clarity and humaneness of the speaker, who co-founded PRADAN
An apprentice’s reminiscences about his early days in PRADAN leads to a frank examination of the processes of intervention, the pitfalls, the initial failure, the mourning about the lack of depth in engagement with individuals because of the pressure of achieving targets and numbers, and the learning from early setbacks.