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.
Geographic areas served: India
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I visited the Pratham Schools during my visits to Bombay. They truley are making a big difference in these kids lives and their family's too by providing free education, supplies and books.

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

Bombay by visiting Pratham Schools.

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

that the committee members and the voluteers are very committed and very minimal amount of money is spent on the management. Almost every doller is used for the cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am from the country & even the city where Pratham is doing amazing work to get the children off the streets & give them a future. For those who have seen the movie,"Slumdog Millionaire" - now have an insight into how important is Pratham's work & the true but tough picture is in front of the whole world.They had identified the needs of these children & have been helping them way before any Governmental or NGO's have even looked at their situation. Sam Merchant-Houston,TX.

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

The work that is being done is amazing & is helping the children -who are our future no matter which part of the world they belong to. The results speak for themselves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Pratham is taking care of a sector completely ignored by all government progrmas and other charities. Considering the number of kids covered by the program the long term effect will be a national phenomenon and I cannot imagine the difference this organization will make in the future of the country. I have been connected to the organization for the last 5 years and for the first time in my life I felt the money is used for the best possible cause.

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

The people connected with the organization understands the purpose very clearly and are determined to make a chnage in the life of millions of kis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Two things make my Pratham experience outstanding. 1. Cause 2. How they go about supporting the cause Since cause (children education in India) is well known, I will limit my comments to "how they go about supporting the cause" - focus and passion for what the org is about - every member is fanatic about educating the children in India - Limited overhead - from what I see, Pratham spends - professional approach - though it is a non-profit, it approaches in meeting the org objective in a very professional way, whether it is building relationships for funding, hosting events or general communications... Great Job Folks...

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

collecting funds for the objective

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

focused on marketing

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

passion for the cause

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

professional and courteous

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

educate more children

Ways to make it better...

economy was better

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

current state of economy

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

keep doing what you are doing, ramp up on marketing messages...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been a Pratham donor and have been associated with its activities for the last three years. I have visited a few villages in India where Pratham volunteers are putting in remarkable effort to eradicate illiteracy amongst children. This is truly an extraordinary organization that is delivering value and making a difference in the lives of children in Indian villages in a truly cost-effective way. I truly believe that their cause is extremely important for the betterment of the lives of underprivileged in rural India.

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

Villages around Lucknow, UP, India

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

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

Dedication and commitment of people

Ways to make it better...

I would emphasize teaching a little English and making an extra effort to bring out the young girls who are sometimes not encouraged by parents to go to school, certainly not as much as the boys are.

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?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

A very driven and passionate organization. The board members and volunteers are very concerned about the cause and take pride in key statistics and their success.

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

Very professional and knowledgeable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for Pratham since the past 6 years - and each year has been more and more remarkable. My whole family is involved - including my mother - 76, son (now 21) and daughter, and my husband. We proudly present to others - our involvement with Pratham and what a remarkable idea to get the kids to be education oriented when they are little, what a great idea to say, what counts is just 'commitment', and what a great idea to say, that teaching a mother, teaches the world - educates the world.

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

talking to the volunteers of Pratham.

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

involve more school age kids in the us.

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

their commitment to the cause

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

remarkable.

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

educate each and every child.

Ways to make it better...

I could actually go to India and do this myself.

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

distance and financials.

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

this is the best there is for the commitment to educate all in India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

truly amazing!what the government of India has been talking about but has been unsuccessful in achieving___eliminating illiteracy in India, is being accomplished by this NGO with a very simple,scalable and low cost approach. Pratham sends teachers to the slums where kids are unlikely to ever get an education and through innovative techniques, teaches young children to read and do simple arithmetic and thus creates a thirst for knowledge. i have personally visited some of the slums and observed classes being conducted. the children were eager to learn and there was hope in thier eyes instead of the despair we see when they are instead begging. Pratham will succeed where the government has failed-----eliminate illiteracy in India!

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

provide basic literacy program to over 800,000 kids and give them hope for a better future instead of a life of ignorance and despair

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for pratham Houston for the past 6 years. This organization has done some great work to promote education of children in India.I had the oppurtunity this year to visit some of their schools and management as well. I am glad to say that through this organization it was good to see that I was making a difference.

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

the pratham gala's and in mumbai

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

hope the higher members showed more interests to get to know some of the newer and younger members

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

the dedication of the volunteers to make a difference

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

amazing

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

raise more schools, libraries,promote more advertizements of the cause etc etc

Ways to make it better...

I saw many more volunteers working towards the cause

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

spreading the word more in the younger generations of the western world

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

Pratham rocksss

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Here are few things that I like about Prataham -Yearly ASER survey to find out how much % of children in different age groups are able to read and write -Creating special programs around the public education system instead of trying to build a parallel education infrastructure.

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

I interacted with the field level staff in AP India, I have seen that they work hard and are able to deliver.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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