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Patang was started in the year 2003 with a vision to create a latform for young people to actively engage in social justice issues in western Orissa. The founder member of Patang, Rita Mishra was a Pravah team member for many years. Pravah's work with young people inspired Rita to set up Patang.


Sambalpur is famous for its tie and dye textiles, folk dance and music and also for the Hirakud dam, which is one of the largest mainstream dams in the world. It is situated in the Western art of Orissa state. Average literacy rate of Sambalpur district in 2011 was 76.91%, of which male and female literacy rate is 85.17% and 68.47% respectively. School drop-out children have become a regular feature in the primary schools of the tribal dominated area.

Many of the schools have single teacher status and poor retention rates. SMC's are formed on paper and mostly by the schools headmasters, and the members have less understanding of their responsibilities. The infrastructure development is far behind as most of the schools don't have all weather buildings and class rooms, no separate toilet for boys and girls, play ground, drinking water facility and kitchen for cooking mid day meals. Heath situation is in dismal state. Only in some villages are heath facilities available within the village. The available sources of livelihood are shrinking, thus leading to children migrating to other regions. Farmer suicide is making headlines everyday for the last two years.


  • To ensure access to quality education for every child.
  • To promote creation of a child-friendly environment and child participation.
  • To sensitize the community on child rights issues in order to reduce child rights violations.
  • To create a cadre of young advocates on child right issues.
  • To act on implementation of provisions as per RCFCE act 2009 in the villages involving youth volunteers.
  • To build capacities of young volunteers on child rights issues and child-centric perspective,
  • To promote spirit of volunteerism among young people and recognize youth-led actions on child rights issues.

Review and Impact

  • Around 100 volunteers placed for learning in different organizations for a month where they worked with more than 3000 young people, through camps, workshops and campaigns.
  • Total 32 projects have been supported in 8 districts
  • Issues addressed include sanitation, health, education, youth development, livelihood, disability.
  • Methodology undertaken includes research, street theater, door to door campaigns.
  • Resources mobilized from community include money, tents, food items, human resources.
  • Developed an Oriya life skills curriculum.
  • Setting up Patang learning center started in one school.
  • Adolescents have led action projects on various social issues.

  • Conducted baseline with 150 adolescents from 10 villages in Jujumura block.
  • Training given on youth development perspective and research study on needs of young people in the mentioned states (selected locations except Assam).
  • Organized 3 camps on gender, right to information and diversity (post the Kandmal riots).
Trained 420 peer educators in Ganjam district for Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghtan


  • Mapping the status of child rights and community awareness.
  • Develop and facilitate creative innovative learning materials.
  • Exposure to innovative educational practices.
  • Formation of children club and capacity building
  • Organize puppet show, film festivals, poster exhibition, leaflets, theatre, radio program.
  • Community monitoring/ community report card/ appeal
  • Selection of volunteers and issue based trainings and their skill building.
  • Project design workshop using ADDIE (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) model.


  • Right to Development
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Administration
  • Total Grant Approved