PRATHAM USA

Rating: 4.9 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Education, Philanthropy

Location: 5890 Point West Dr Houston TX 77036 USA

Mission: Our mission is ?Every child in school and learning well?. Recognizing the importance of early interventions, we focus most of our programs on pre-school and primary education. We believe that by providing children with a good education, we create opportunities not only for them, but also for their families and communities.Seeded by UNICEF in 1994, Pratham began in the slums of Mumbai. Currently, we serve underprivileged children across 21 states in India.Pratham?s programs are unique because they are scaleable and low-cost. We also work to improve existing systems rather than building parallel ones.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came across Pratham's work over a decade ago through a friend. She had a grassroots fundraiser in her living room. She passed around photos of a Mumbai slum, and a brochure. For about $40, we could guarantee the education of one child for a year. A child who would otherwise remain illiterate and might well become a criminal in order to survive. I was convinced. So much so that I became a regular donor. I researched Pratham, and was impressed by their growth, dedication and transparency. When invited, I joined their board in Houston. Pratham, which has grown exponentially in the last decade, works in most of the states in India. They work in at-risk urban and rural areas. They've perfected a method to teach completely illiterate kids to read in a surprisingly short time. They partner with government schools to teach this method to the teachers. They've opened vocational centers so the children they've educated can now find jobs. They rescue street kids and kids who are the victims of trafficking and child-labor. The stories would break your heart--except that now these kids have a second chance. Pratham is changing lives & you can be part of it! If you believe that children deserve a future no matter what conditions they were born into, check them out at www.pratham.org.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

My non-profit focus is defined by one word - "opportunity" - helping individuals have better opportunities. And, there is nothing like primary education and healthcare to support that.

I have been giving for over 20 years and started giving to Pratham about 4 years back. About year back some called from there and asked if I wanted to do more than write a check (first time someone ever asked). And, here I am - now I am a volunteer.

Pratham's scale and effectiveness is incredible. And, they are not shy about measuring and publishing the metrics. Some claim that it is a bit impersonal but I am an engineer I get swayed by data more than rhetoric

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India in primary education and day care

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

publish more of success stories rather than metrics - make it more personal

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Pratham since 2003. I was introduced to this org by Yogi Patel who had just asked me to come help stuff envelopes one week and I've been dedicated to Pratham ever since. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit several Pratham schools/balwadis in India as well as see the effects of the Mobile Library and the main office of Pratham in Mumbai. The visit to these schools showed the progress Pratham has made in these poverty stricken areas. I also had an opportunity to attend the Pratham Tri-State Gala in 2005 to assist in whichever way possible. I currently volunteer with Pratham and also am the volunteer coordinator for close to 6 years for the Annual Pratham Houston Galas. I have a team of dedicated and hardworking volunteers who go to the extremes to make sure everything is perfect for each event and are still able to enjoy the galas. I try to speak about Pratham to other people who have not been exposed to this wonderful organization both in the US and in India and hope to continue spreading the word that "Imagine an India Where Every Child Can Read"

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience of being able to help children read and write, things we used to take for granted.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just a group of amazing people. I've seen these volunteers put their heart into everything, whether it be collecting pledges to tying chair covers. The Pratham office has a wonderful and dedicated staff that make sure everything is running smoothly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change millions of lives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have always been very impressed with Pratham's stories and activities to eradicate child labor. Also, I think very highly of Pratham teachers and their dedication to this cause. Their ASER 2009 program and Read India initiative have been really good.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

you can help help in any way you want. Also, there is no restriction on amounts you donate. So, you can donate whenever and any amounts you can afford. You do not have to be rich to support the cause.

Ways to make it better...

they had an active DC chapter which met regularly.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Pratham team and volunteers are passionate and dedicated to provide education to needy kids. I get utmost satisfaction contributing and supporting the Pratham team and the cause.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with dedidated and passionate people for a common cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Great! Learned of Pratham through a dear family friend. Was not disappointed. The power to bring books to the communities with hope for a brighter future. Wonderful initiative.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceedingly kind.

Ways to make it better...

I have know of it sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been involved in this organization since 2001 as a volunteer fundraiser. I have watched with pride the success of the mission of Pratham - every child in school and learning. If you make education available next door and fun - children will learn. It is a simple concept!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Phenominal. It has inspired the educated younger generation to give bakc the gift of education.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

wipe out illiteracy in the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

To me, educating children in India is about empowering dreams- 100 million dreams to be exact. The power of Pratham is that it not only teaches children but also inspires and empowers them to dream. Given the support of donors and the commitment of volunteers, Pratham has already empowered over 20 million children in India and with your support will reach millions more! One visit to a Pratham school was all I needed to see the amazing impact of the organization and is one of the reasons I have worked for the organization for so many years. Pratham’s programs are developed with academic rigor to help students improve their reading and math skills. They make sure children are truly learning. It was exciting to see the commitment and dedication of the teachers as they shared the progress of their students and described. Pratham's innovative techniques. It was heartwarming to see the proud smile of a girl when she mastered a new math concept. I always knew that Pratham had a strong commitment to children’s literacy, proven model and cost- effectiveness, and widespread recognition. I was further amazed to see the amount of effort and dedication that occurs in a daily basis from the teachers, volunteers, and especially the children. I would invite you to support Pratham’s initiatives– one visit to a Pratham school, and you can immediately see the impact of your contribution.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being energized by the passion and commitment that teachers, volunteers, and students share for education and empowering dreams.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Pratham since I was in middle school. Currently, I'm a third year in college and I am still involved now with the college Pratham organization. I personally visited India and went to a school where Pratham was impacting the students and was extremely impressed. This motivated for me to come back home and to become more involved with the organization. I went to community events and spoke on behalf of Pratham. Coming from a youth, many adults stopped by to listen to what I had to share about Pratham.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

phenomenal. They have so much energy that really motivates the volunteers to be more aggressive in spreading the word about Pratham. They were very welcoming everywhere I went, which included the Houston, New York Chapter (tri-state), Austin.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have known about Pratham for quite some time now and I admire the work they do. The 2nd largest population (Indian) in this world will also have the 2nd largest pool of geniuses not being able to reach their potentiol without the help of Pratham who are doing the best to provide education to the under privileged children of India. Pratham needs all the support anybody can give.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all willing, capable and zealous in their intention of providing knowlege to those who most need it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I am sure they would be able to achieve their ambition of promoting education and wiping out ignorance in India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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