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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Primary & Elementary Schools

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

Programs: Read india is a remedial learning program for children who don't know how to read, write and do arithmetic and are lagging in school. Currently, read india can be replicated and scaled-up with school and government partners. In this phase, a "learning camp" model has been adopted. The model is piloted with a few thousand children, replicated in groups of schools, and subsequently scaled-up, in partnership with state governments, to reach millions of children.

the vocational skills training program prepares india's youth for success by teaching relevant skills for today. The program allows them to choose their path in areas as diverse as banking, agriculture, or restaurant and hotel services. Through pratham usa new entrepreneurship program, they can also learn what it takes to start their own businesses.

aser - annual status of education report and second chance - each year aser collects data on more than 600,000 children, between the age of 5-16, and covers close to 16,000 villages. 25,000 to 30,000 volunteers from more than 500 partner organizations participate in the data collection covering about 577 districts of the country.

pose - pratham open school of education, second chance lends educational support to adolescent girls and women to assist them in completing their secondary education and earning their diplomas.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Shikari S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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"

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.