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May 11, 2012

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May 11, 2012

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

October 20, 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

October 19, 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.

The Great!

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

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

Pratham is a path to success for kids that donot know how to find the path. The teachers and the staff give of themselves over and beyond the call of duty to bring hope and education to the children. Most of the efforts is based on a kind heart and groups of vollunteers that commit time and money to the cause of Pratham. I am thrilled to give a hand and help when ever possible.

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

it is beyond political bias, beyond religiopus bias, beyond castes and color. This organization believes in bettering the future of the world by educating the young,giving hope to the less fortunate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I am impressed with the tremendous impact Pratham's work is having on an entire generation, and with how effectively funds are being utilized. It is highly gratifying to know that I have a role in shaping and fulfilling the dreams of this generation.

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

the visits I have made to the balwadis and programs that are being run in the slums of Mumbai and Delhi.

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

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

the immensity of its goals as well as the steps to their fruition.

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

outstanding, each one truly committed to the cause.

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

carry out its mission of bringing literacy to every child in all its programs for one year.

Ways to make it better...

I could have gotten Pratham's message to more people.

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

fundraising in this challenging environment.

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

Give, and you truly shall receive many times over.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

I have been involved with Pratham organization since 2004. My family visited three Pratham schools in Dec 2008 around Kandivli, Mumbai and in Mysore. We met the teachers, students and coordinators. Our experience was extremely fruitful and invigorated our enthusiasm of supporting Pratham. The best part of Pratham is to support millions of children all across India. The successful model can be applied by every one at any level and can be started with very low budget.

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

attending the schools I visited and joy of learning witnessed on the faces of children.

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

working with devoted leaders, volunteers and generous donors. Pratham does not shy away from the challenge, but works to break it in small chunks to tackle it.

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

well informed, well trained, dedicated and ready to serve.

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

positively change lives of over 5 million children with education, bring much needed self esteem to over 100,000 teachers, especially women, and offer purpose to over 100,000 volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

Pratham is a great organization that has accomplished a lot in a short time. It is a very focused organization with a great volunteer force that is so dedicated. I have been extremely impressed and at times overwhelmed with emotions when I see young volunteers making a difference in kids lives in India.

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

I have visited the programs in Delhi and have been convinced of the impact Pratham hsa made on underprivileged children in India. Teaching them to read and write will definitely change these kids'ives for better.

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

Very dedicatred and knowledgable. Ready to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

Wonderful organization that is now positively impacting over 22 million kids in India. Their Read India and ASER foundation reports are now national standards. Its a top rated charity with 6% or so in admin expenses.

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

action in helping over 22 million kids a year

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

great people to work with, driven by a common goal

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

dedicated, supportive, enthisiastic

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

Pratham is a great organization to be associated with. They have helped literally hundreds of thousands of children transform their lives through education and now vocational training. From slums to rural outposts to prisons and factories employing child labor, Pratham has championed a child's right to learn and grow. Kudos to Pratham for working tirelessly to put every child in school, learning well.

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

learning about the children whose lives have been transformed by Pratham

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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