Priti Patkar

Executive Secretary,
Prerana

Priti Pai Patkar is working with one of the largest populations of prostitutes in Mumbai to develop innovative and practical ways in which children and their mothers can build a future. Ms. Patkar grew up in Bombay as the daughter of a father who was a committed government servant and a mother who ran a daycare program. As a student, she decided not to become another skilled, but ordinary, professional cog-in-the-wheel and instead enrolled in the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work. She began her work with prostitutes as a student but met with a good deal of opposition when she recognized the special and urgent needs of this long-neglected group. With her husband she founded Prerana, which runs the first night-care center for the children of prostitutes. Prerana’s programs reach thousands of children and women in their struggle against second generation prostitution. Prerana has been a grantee partner of the Global Fund for Children since 2001.