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September 16, 2011

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September 16, 2011

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

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

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

November 11, 2009

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November 11, 2009

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

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

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

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

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

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

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

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

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

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

October 20, 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.

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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

October 20, 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

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