With your help, we can do anything!

April 14, 2013

Dear friends,

It’s a new financial year, and the beginning of a new calendar year for many of us. Prajnya enters this year with a little unspent money, from late-in-the-year donations and workshops we did—and for us, this is a relatively new experience. It emboldens us to dream—of doing more, of doing bigger and better, of moving into our space, of paying for a core team. But dreams cost less than reality.

Nevertheless, at Prajnya, we have never let reality deter us. We had faith that if we started doing what we could, friends who share our values would soon walk with us and become part of our dream. As you have. Have we remembered to thank you, and have we thanked you profusely enough?

For our most visible and active programme, the Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce, 2013-14 is going to be a year of ‘deepening’ activities. So far, we have tried to reach as many people as possible to get them to think and talk about sexual and gender-based violence. After the December gang-rape in Delhi, awareness is much greater. We would like to take the next step to do more training, dialogue, research-based information initiatives and closed, focused, substantive conversations. This year of quieter, deeper public education work will cost us around Rs. 250,000.00, out of which Rs. 200,000.00 is our budget (for programme, materials and human resources costs) for the 2013 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence.

The less visible part of our work, done under the rubric of the Prajnya Resource Centre on Women in Politics and Policy, is in the area of women’s history. Apart from the many activities that cost us virtually nothing, we would like to take some of the oral history work we have done a little further—transcription, editing, perhaps podcasting—and we would like to hold outreach activities for both oral history and the Prajnya Archives. A little deepening and a little widening, in this case! We would like to make Rs. 50,000.00 available to this work.

In all, we anticipate that with an additional Rs. 300,000.00 that we raise between April 14, 2013 and May 31, 2013, we should be able to sustain our activities at the present level, while deepening our impact.

This is going to be a year of some comings and goings in our team. No one ever really leaves because everyone volunteers, but we anticipate that there will be some changes in how much time and what kind of time people will be able to give. The ability to outsource some work (such as transcription) or to pay trainers an honorarium will go a long way to allowing us to function. We are anxious that while people are newly aware and eager to be informed or to act on women’s rights and security, we should be available to do this work. This should not be the year that we lie low because of a lack of human and other resources. Please help us make this transition.

We are also very ready to move into an office of our own (rented, gifted or loaned). We anticipate that between rent, overheads, maintenance and human resources, this will add around Rs. 600,000.00 a year to our budget. In this appeal, we are not asking you for that. With all the challenges of our present situation (borrowed space, volunteers on varying schedules, nowhere to hold a small meeting), it is more important to us that we have the money we need to get the work done. We trust the rest will follow. Somehow, someday, soon.

To summarise: between April 14 and May 31, 2013, Prajnya is trying to raise Rs. 300,000.00 (Rs. 3 lakhs) to support its activities in 2013-14. We would be extremely grateful for your support.

This is how you can donate:

  • By cheque or DD (payable at Chennai) in the name of “The Prajnya Trust” to our registered office address. Email us (prajnyatrust@gmail.com) for an address.
  • By electronic transfer:
    • Account name: The Prajnya Trust
    • Bank & branch: HDFC Bank, T.Nagar, Chennai 600 017
    • Account number: 02062560002557
    • RTGS/ NEFT IFSC: HDFC0000206
    • Please email us (prajnyatrust@gmail.com) to inform us of your donation, donation date, amount and transaction details.
  • We prefer not to receive cash donations.

Please note: Donations to Prajnya qualify for tax deduction. [Donations to Prajnya from 01-04-2008 to 31-03-2011 qualify for deduction under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 as per I.T. Dept. Notification DIT (E) No. 2(573)2006-07 dated 26-09-2008. In view of the amendment brought about by Finance (No.2) Act/ 2009 regiarding automatic renewal of exemption u/S 80G, approval granted earlier to the Trust is valid in perpetuity.]

 

We are, because you support us. Thank you!

Warmly,

Swarna Rajagopalan
Managing Trustee, Prajnya

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