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October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I was looking for a non-profit which I could relate to at some level and feel my efforts won’t be wasted. Pratham was one of the few choices, and looking back, I’m so glad I choose it. Pratham’s efforts are focused in India, my birth place, and on education of children. I truly believe education can empower an individual and provide opportunities that may otherwise be missed. My first interaction with Pratham was a brilliant one because I met Madhav Chavan, whose passion and vision for Pratham made me believe from day one that this organization is leaving its impact – not only on children and families but also on volunteers all over the world. It’s been over six months since I got involved and I have nothing but great things to say about my involvement. The spirit and zeal of every team member and volunteer is unmatched because we all truly believe that Pratham work is paying off. It’s satisfying to see warm words with drawings made by Pratham children thanking donors for the support. We realize what privileges we have with education when we see someone else struggle to get the basic primary education. I’ve interacted with volunteers who worked in India in the field – some of them weren’t even born in India but could completely relate to the importance of programs sponsored by this NGO. Their personal experience in being in India and working on the field programs has motivated me to go and spend time with Pratham in India in the next year. The strength of Pratham efforts lies in the millions of people who touch this organization – whether as a supporter, a donor, a volunteer, or someone who spreads the word about Pratham. I’m looking forward to spending some time in India and having a more hands on experience. Pratham is a great organization with the vision to empower people to lead a good life.

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

Creating awareness around the programs and progress of Pratham Programs. Having people who have first hand experience share what being involved means to them and motivating others to join in.

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

Everyone involved is dedicated and very professional. People are willing to put in time and effort to make events successful and reach out to key people to raise awareness and funding.

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

Fun, dedicated, willing to go all the way out to do more each time!

Ways to make it better...

there was a way to take action items of things that are needed in India (research, new ways to improve something), and bring it back to USA to work on it. It's hard to get involved apart from spreading Pratham name and raising funds by being in US

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have heard about this organization for a long time, but than I had a chance to attend events. What I saw there was very impressive, more than what I expected. Giving a hope to children and let them know that humanity is still alive, people care. Children get education which is a very vital part for their future as well as country’s future. Adult gets job to teach this children which provides for their family needs. Pratham is People’s network for betterment of people. Pratham is reaching its goal in minimum expenses by its highly professional and dedicated volunteers.

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

Very professional and dedicated to there goals. Helping each other for the cause and raising more funds. Even some has done matching contribution for the donation they receive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Pratham India is a very clean, transparent NGO focusing on Child education in every state of India while empowering women and men who work with Pratham. I beleive that Pratham model of working with government and non-government institutions maximises the resources available to child education. Pratham participates in the educational survey ASER which is extremely important monitoring aspect of the effort. In USA, Pratham USA is a professional organization that as a US citizen I feel very proud to be part of. Pratham is filling an important function of child education and people empowerment in the underpriviliged sector of India. I am extremely satisfied being a Pratham volunteer.

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

I have seen Pratham Marathi Language, Math and English classes in and around Pune, Maharashtra. I have been very impressed and seen Pratham teaching methods work. The Read India campaign is having an effect evident in ASER survey.

Ways to make it better...

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

Develope opportunities for individuals from USA and other developed countries to work directly with Pratham India workers.

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

I get energized by the dedication shown by the Pratham workers in India and the positive energy I receive from Pratham USA.

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

reach more children in India.

Ways to make it better...

I beleive Pratham India will benefit by more Pratham USA volunteer/workers working directly with them in India. Also, Read India effort needs to be an ongoing initiative otherwise the results can drop.

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

You will enjoy getting involved with Pratham USA and Pratham India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been a Pratham volunteer and donor for over five years. I have visited Pratham programs in Dharavi and other slums in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Auranagabad, New Delhi. Each of my visits has been reassuring that Pratham is making a big difference and very focused on its mission to ensure all children are in school and learning well. I am convinced that my time and money spent on Pratham is my best investment with lifelong dividends in the form of smiles on the faces of children. Go visit Pratham.

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

reviwing the ASER results in the states like Madhya Pradesh.

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

that it is a lean organization.

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

highly professionala and very motivated.

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

drastically improve the quality of primary education and lift the literacy rate from 65% to 85% within a decade.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have visited Pratham's educational programs in Delhi, India in 2006 and 2007. During both the visits, I have been updated about Pratham's work by their staff members. In January, 2006, I visited Pratham’s educational programs in slums of Shahdara, New Delhi with a team of administrators and faculty members from California State University, Long Beach. During that visit, we observed two early childhood (Balwadi) programs held inside people's homes and witnessed educational activities for older children held in an old temple yard. We also talked to people in the community and were highly impressed with their positive responses about Pratham’s work. During my 2007 visit, I observed two preschool programs. The two preschool classes that I observed were held in the entrance room of a family’s living space. These rooms were very small and there were no furniture or other equipments as one would expect in a regular classroom. However, recommended practices for young children such as developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum and child-centered teaching practices were highly visible during instruction. Teachers demonstrated an understanding that “self-expression is key to internal motivation and learning.” Children shared their emerging literacy and numeracy skills through a variety of ways. Children demonstrated their abilities to apply concepts of colors, shapes, and many other concepts to their immediate surroundings. Children showed and proudly talked about their work with us. As a researcher working with young children, I have consistently gathered this sense of ownership and empowerment when children talk about their work, irrespective of the differences in their geographical locations and life circumstances. A teacher training session was also scheduled that day. I had an opportunity to interact with teachers before they started their training session. Teachers showed stories and artworks of children at the L-R (Learning to read) level. They also shared many anecdotes of unusual talents and potentials among these children. One would not miss the eagerness and happiness in teachers’ voices. Children’s stories and art work reminded me of what educational philosophers and researchers have expressed over centuries that potentials within each child need a nurturing and stimulating environment for full realization. Pratham and its committed volunteers and teachers are providing an environment that fosters creativity and motivation, a forgotten domain in many existing educational institutions. I also learned about Pratham’s mobile libraries. I saw a suitcase that contained books for children and a log book maintained by teachers to track individual children’s library activities. I also learned that Pratham teachers examine a child’s frequency of checking out books with his/her actual reading performance. Mobile library is an approach that can be replicated in any part of the world. Pratham’s educational practices including its low teacher-child ratio, on-going teacher training and monitoring, high focus on children’s learning, ongoing assessment of children’s understanding of concepts, and implementing mobile libraries demonstrate Pratham’s understanding of research-based practices. Not only that Pratham understands these practices, it implements these practices amidst many constraints of infrastructure and resources to enhance quality of educational experiences for children under their care and supervision. My experiences at Pratham's educational programs in India convinced me to join Pratham's Los Angeles chapter in the United States and to be a district sponsor.

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

Teachers' strong pedagogical knowledge as shared during my interactions with them; children's understanding of concepts as observed in their response to teachers' or my own questions; and children's engagement in learning activities and high attendance.

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

Its curriculum based on an understanding of children and their background and the strong content area focus; my interactions with staff members, teachers, and children; and teachers' teaching strategies.

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

Knowledgeable,enthusiastic, committed, hard-working, and pleasant. They updated me very well with Pratham's efforts, achievements, and challenges.

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

Reach out to more children in India; cover all levels of schooling; bring more resources including technological resources to enhance quality of children's educational experiences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Our family has been a pratham supporter for a few years, however this year I got an opportunity to see the workings of Pratham first hand after I was nominated as a board member. I also had an opportunity to visit Balwadi during my recent visit to Delhi and was much impressed with the dedication of the teachers. I'm looking forward to going back and meeting the kids again soon. Hats off to Pratham and all the best for its good work. Shalini Bhargava Houston, TX

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

visiting Balwadi kids. I enjoyed being with them and felt that they were very happy being there. Looking at these children, I congratulate Pratham for its effort. Every bit of this effort is worth the smile on the faces of these children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been involved with Pratham USA in organizing fundraising concerts over the last three years. They are very professional and dedicated in supporting Pratham India projects for children's education. It has been a pleasure working with them.

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

that they have a dedicated set of volunteers and a network of donors who together are able to help the needy in many ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I had the opportunity to volunteer and work with Pratham in New Delhi for a year, and in that time, was amazed by all that the organization does and particularly the truly invaluable change Pratham is creating for millions of children. One of the most unique factors that makes Pratham highly efficient and commendable is the organization's innovative use of data for all of their programs - this simple but difficult accomplishment makes Pratham's many intervention's evidence-based, sustainable, and extremely effective.

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

Its passion, innovation, commitment, and efficiency.

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

Extremely committed and passionate about Pratham's mission

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

Change the lives of India's children by empowering them with education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 19, 2009

About two years ago, I meet some of the Trustees of Pratham UK and was very impressed by their work ethic and dedication. Above all, I felt that they were involved with Pratham for the right reasons. Since them I have participated as a volunteer and have found it very rewarding to play a small part in their fund raising activities. Graca Nicholson

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

very dedicated. Inspirational!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 19, 2009

I think Pratham is one of the organisations which is on a mission. Low cost-big results. A very dedicated lot of people are involved and it is eye opening to visit their schools.

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

India by visiting their centers.

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

Dedication and devotion to the cause.

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

amazing.

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

make even more of a difference in these under priveledeged childrens lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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