Health—General & Rehabilitative

The PRASAD Project, Inc.

  • Hurleyville, NY
  • www.prasad.org

Mission Statement

PRASAD works in partnership with the people to benefit children and communities in need, regardless of race or belief. We implement innovative solutions that respond to local conditions and cultures.

Main Programs

  1. PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program
  2. PRASAD de Mexico Eye Camps
  3. PRASAD Chikitsa- Healthcare
  4. PRASAD Chikitsa- Second Crop, Orchard and Organic Farming Initiative
  5. PRASAD Chikitsa- Women's Self-Help Groups
  6. PRASAD Chikitsa- Nutrition Program
Service Areas

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International

In the Tansa Valley of India, PRASAD touches thousands of people every year through its health care and community development programs.

In the United States, The PRASAD Project established the award-winning PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program in 1998, to provide dental treatment and dental health education to children in upstate New York.

PRASAD de Mexico provides eye surgery to remove cataracts and correct strabismus (crossed eyes.) Each year, PRASAD de Mexico's volunteer surgical team provides corrective eye surgery to hundreds of adults and children in rural Mexico.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director

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Dr. Cecilia Escarra

Keywords

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Healthcare, Dental Care, Eye Care, Sustainable Community Development, Women's Empowerment, Nutrition

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Also Known As

PRASAD Project

EIN

14-1751086

 Number

5538578533

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The PRASAD Project works in partnership with people to benefit children and communities in need, regardless of race or belief. PRASAD implements innovative solutions that respond to local conditions and cultures and envisions healthy communities, prospering in harmony with the natural environment, where people are inspired to improve the quality of their own and others' lives.

It is through this mission that PRASAD has excelled over the past 20 years, meeting people where they are and addressing their needs in a way that works with the cultural construct of the region. The work has expanded from basic medical care to include general, preventative, and specialty healthcare, sustainable community development, and women's empowerment to name just a few.

Our work in India has empowered more than 3,000 women to participate in Self-Help Groups to learn new skills, advocate for their health and their communities, and become leaders and entrepreneurs. Farmers have established second crops and orchards to improve food security and income as well as learned organic techniques to improve the quality of the food while preserving the environment. Healthcare in the Tansa Valley has never been better with a clinic and mobile hospital that travels to the villages, bringing medical care and health education to the people on a multitude of conditions. The outpatient clinic treats more than 20,100 patients each year!

In the United States, PRASAD Children's Dental Health Programs provides more than 2,000 dental visits per year and educates more than 4,000 children about the importance of proper oral hygiene. In Mexico, PRASAD's volunteer surgical team has restored the sight of nearly 29,000 adults and children.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program

PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program provides dental health education, as well as preventative and restorative dental care for children in need via a mobile clinic that travels to schools and community sites throughout Sullivan County, NY.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

PRASAD de Mexico Eye Camps

Since 1996, PRASAD de México has sponsored eye camps in rural areas in México. PRASAD’s volunteer surgical team performs free, corrective surgery on adults and children suffering from cataracts and strabismus (crossed eyes).

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

PRASAD Chikitsa- Healthcare

PRASAD Chikitsa provides general, specialty and preventative healthcare in India's Tansa Valley with a medical facility, specialty clinics and a mobile health clinic to reach the people in the rural villages. Through health education, screening and treatment, the villagers are receiving quality and comprehensive care. Medical treatment and education is provided for a number of concerns including general health, dental care, eye care, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, tuberculosis, maternal and child health, and adolescent health.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 4

PRASAD Chikitsa- Second Crop, Orchard and Organic Farming Initiative

The Tansa Valley for many years existed with an agrarian economy without a sustainable agricultural culture to support it. PRASAD helped establish a second crop and orchard initiative in 2008, which encouraged farmers to plant additional crops and fruit trees that would provide additional income and food for the families. This program expanded into the organic farming initiative in 2012. By utilizing organic techniques, the farmers grow healthier crops that do not utilize environment harming pesticides or chemicals.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 5

PRASAD Chikitsa- Women's Self-Help Groups

Self-help groups empower women to learn new skills, advocate for their health, families and communities, and become leaders in their communities. Women in the groups have learned financial management, skills to create new businesses, and how to bring about change in their communities. Many of PRASAD's programs have reached unparalleled successes because of the support of the SHGs, who encourage participation, spread information and follow-through with action.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Budget

Program 6

PRASAD Chikitsa- Nutrition Program

One of the most important children’s health issues addressed by PRASAD is nutrition. In India, more than 60 million preschool children have developmental deficiencies resulting from malnutrition. According to UNICEF, one third of the world’s malnourished children live in India. Lack of nutrition impedes children’s growth, and makes them susceptible to disease — about 50 percent of all childhood deaths have been attributed to malnutrition.

In 2014, the long-standing Milk Project evolved to form the Nutrition Program. The frequency of deliveries increased to six days a week and nutritional supplements and snacks have been added. The Nutrition Program serves children up to 6 years of age at schools spread throughout the Tansa Valley.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The PRASAD Project's goals are:
    * to work in partnership with people to benefit children and communities in need, regardless of race or belief.
    * to implement innovative solutions that respond to local conditions and cultures.
    * to inspire people to improve the quality of their own and others' lives
    * to encourage healthy communities, prospering in harmony with the natural environment


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PRASAD develops programs that address the needs of the community, taking into consideration the local challenges and cultural barriers. Many of our programs, particularly those in India, are approached with extensive community awareness meetings and informative talks. Providing information about the benefits of the programs up front, in addition to addressing any questions and concerns has significantly increased community support. Additionally, the success of the programs in India, the US and Mexico, have all generated additional participation. As people achieve improved health, income, knowledge and support, they are willing to share those successes with others, encouraging participation.

    PRASAD's licensees in India, Mexico and the United States manage a wide portfolio of programs that strive to help people directly and to help them work toward improving their own lives. Programs are developed, assessed and amended to have the greatest impact.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The PRASAD Project has more than 20 years experience administering and managing humanitarian programs in the communities we serve. In India, the organization has grown from providing basic medical needs to running a fully-functional medical facility, mobile clinic, sustainable community development programs and more. In the US and Mexico, the programs there have also grown over the years to continue increasing impact in those communities. PRASAD has knowledgable, experienced and dedicated staff and volunteers who ensure that the programs are being implemented appropriately and making an impact.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    PRASAD recognizes the following as progress indicators:
    *Maintained or increased visits to the medical clinic, health talks, mobile clinics, eye camps and dental clinics
    *Participation in programs such as organic farming and self-help groups continues to grow, with the results of those programs indicating success
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The PRASAD Project has established a well-regarded reputation in our communities as well as in the greater global community of our supporters, nonprofit organizations and NGOs. The dedicated support and fellowship we have earned over the years helps motivate us to continue moving the organization forward.

    Even with our utmost dedication, there is still much work to do in India, Mexico and the United States. Our communities still face disparities in healthcare, poverty and food security. We will continue to guide and work alongside our beneficiaries to help them implement solutions and find ways to improve their lives.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In the Tansa Valley of India, PRASAD touches thousands of people every year through its health care and community development programs.

In the United States, The PRASAD Project established the award-winning PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program in 1998, to provide dental treatment and dental health education to children in upstate New York.

PRASAD de Mexico provides eye surgery to remove cataracts and correct strabismus (crossed eyes.) Each year, PRASAD de Mexico's volunteer surgical team provides corrective eye surgery to hundreds of adults and children in rural Mexico.

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Financials

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THE PRASAD PROJECT INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The PRASAD Project, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Dr. Cecilia Escarra

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The PRASAD Project helps people to achieve lives of self-reliance and dignity by offering programs of health, education and sustainable community development in India, dental care in the United States and eye care in Mexico. The goal of each PRASAD initiative is to help people to help themselves, their community and their environment. We are grateful for your support, which helps us seek ways to do more, serve better and thrive in our humanitarian work. Please visit our website: www.prasad.org; follow us on Facebook (The PRASAD Project), Twitter (@ThePRASADProjec) and Instagram (theprasadproject); and sign up for our e-newsletter to learn more about our work!

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Harriette Cole

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity