We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
NLU is advocating, reforming, strengthing legal aid capacity and providing high-quality legal representation to 1,500 undertrials in Nagpur and Pune (Maharashtra) through the Legal Aid system. The NGO is training and providing fellowships for Legal-Aid Lawyers and also doing advocacy at the Judiciary and Bar Council level.
Prayas is providing legal aid and livelihood options for 2,600 male undertrials so that they do not become hardened criminals. Also setting up the support services, recreation and care for 1,920 female prisoners and their children across the prisons in Maharashtra (Mumbai, Thane) and Gujarat (Bharuch).