Our Mission

To cure and care by assisting organizations that serve the underprivileged and provide medical support to the needy.

Our History

Spreading the light of happiness

It only takes a spark to make a fire and warm all those around it. Similarly, a small spark to reach out to the needy lit up in the hearts of a few ladies led by Mrs. Suryakumari Ramakrishna, when they saw a hapless woman and child on the street. They called this spark Prayas and it ignited the beginning of a humble endeavour in 1996.

‘Prayas’ in Sanskrit means ‘effort’ or ‘endeavour’

In the early days, Prayas offered medical services for the underprivileged community in Virugambakkam by renting a small marriage hall.

Post Mrs.Suryakumari Ramakrishna’s tenure as president, Prayas Trust was led by Mrs.Chitra Rangaswami who was instrumental in instituting scholarships for underprivileged children. She championed for quality education for all.

Over the years, Prayas turned into a ray of hope for a large number of underprivileged people. Today, the spirit of Prayas is constantly driven by the dedicated and relentless efforts of its 300+ members, whose mission is spreading the light of happiness and bringing smiles.

Prayas Trust formed by the spouses of L&T Construction’s employees and female employees is a social welfare non-profit organisation, encouraged and financially assisted by the management of L&T. Prayas, the force behind L&T’s CSR efforts, integrates the L&T family all over india in joining hands and serving the community.

Besides healthcare, Prayas is also involved in education and social upliftment of the underprivileged community with its sustained efforts through tailor-made programs.

With the continued encouragement, guidance and financial assistance of the management of L&T and ECC, PRAYAS today integrates the L&T family all over India in joining hands in the service to community

Most organizations and individuals who work among the poor are often constrained by inadequate funds to carry on with their service. Prayas extends a helping hand to such organizations and individuals by assessing their needs and meeting at least some of their basic necessities.

Prayas affirms its commitment by active involvement through various CSR activities and is a part of the CSR face of L&T!

Community Service

Prayas Trust has been extending a helping hand to many non-profit organizations that serve the underprivileged community to continue their good service. Prayas supports these organizations in several ways to address their medical, educational, physiological and emotional needs:

Gnanadharshan Seva Foundation for the Disabled
Home for visually challenged girls

Smt.Rajeshwari Radhakrishnan Charitable Trust
Home for visually challenged girls 

Schizophrenia Research Foundation

End Aids India
India HIV /Aids Alliance.

Kannaki Nagar Social Welfare Trust
NGO promoting children’s education

Sri Harihara Sudha Seva Samithi
Shelter for aged and homeless people

Sneham Charitable Trust
NGO promoting medical care & assistance to the underprivileged  

Thaai Illam
NGO for destitute physically challenged people

Guild of Service
Home for physically challenged children

Little Drops
Home for aged, women, destitute and mentally challenged

Dazzling Stones
Home and school for deserted children

NGO for Irular community upliftment

Cancer Institute
Hospital for cancer treatment 

Indian institute of Animal Welfare
Welfare organisation promoting animal health & care


Prayas Trust also supports underprivileged in their educational pursuits and in meeting their medical needs.




The spark was ignited by Mrs Surya Kumari Ramakrishna when she along with four spouses of L&T employees formed Prayas Trust, operating from their homes and later from a marriage hall.


Stood by the nation by donating handsomely to the Kargil Fund


Inauguration of the Prayas Medical Centre


Bhoomi Pooja for the New Medical Centre at Virugambakkam in Chennai


AMN graces the 12th Annual Celebration of Prayas Trust


Signing of the MOU with
Dr. Kamakshi Memorial Hospital Pvt Ltd

Inauguration of the new state-of-the-art Medical Centre

Inauguration of the Dialysis Unit at the Prayas Medical Centre


Awarded Mary Clubwala Jadhav Award for humanitarian service


Started the Prayas Tuition Centre to give quality education to
underprivileged children



Launched a sustainable skilling programme for women through the Prayas Tailoring Institute

Awarded AVM Rajeswari Ammal Memorial Award


Launched a Mobile Medical
Unit for quality Healthcare at the doorstep for the poor and sick senior citizens

Mobilised and dispatched aid to the people affected by the Chennai floods

Release of the first edition of Prayas Times

Collaborated with DAVITA
Health Care for the Dialysis
Unit at Prayas Medical Centre


Flagged Off the Prayas Toy Van. The initiative aims to ignite the spark of learning through fun and play for the students of Government Schools.

Prayas Medical Centre accredited with ISO Certification

Educational support initiative to the Kovur Govt School


Handed over a Sanitation Complex at Girls Higher Secondary School, Ashok Nagar

Inaugurated the new Prayas Trust office at L&T HQ


Launched the Smart and Integrated Village Development Programme in Tirukazhukundram block of Chengalpattu District


Provided COVID relief materials in the form of dry ration and hygiene kits to 2000 plus households in the villages adopted by Prayas Trust

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