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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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Our approach to giving is to support NGOs that have a low cost/rapidly scaleable model and are run by not just do gooders but capable leaders and managers.
We have been supporting Pratham for a number of years and have tracked its performance and progress very closely,including numerous site visits(some of them unannounced).
Its amazing how effective they have been and how they have evolved over the years.
They have a no frills ,low cost operation and have always been transparent(sometimes their reports specific to our target donation get delayed,but they always send them).
We normally donate anonymously,but this NGO does such good work that we have pitched it to many many people,so that others may be able to help as well.

Review from Guidestar

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3 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

3

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"

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always been very impressed with Pratham's stories and activities to eradicate child labor. Also, I think very highly of Pratham teachers and their dedication to this cause. Their ASER 2009 program and Read India initiative have been really good.

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved in this organization since 2001 as a volunteer fundraiser. I have watched with pride the success of the mission of Pratham - every child in school and learning. If you make education available next door and fun - children will learn. It is a simple concept!

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.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Once you are introduced to Pratham first hand in India it is hard not to get involved in helping the organization carry out its mission: Every child in school and learning well. I was introduced to Pratham in December 2005 on a visit to Mumbai. Visiting India for the first time it was very clear that India is a country of contrast: the very rich right next to the very poor. The post secondary education system is set up as a pure meritocracy, yet the poor are not afforded primary education to enable themselves to even get to the level to test for entrance into these universities. What is powerful about the work that Pratham is doing is that Pratham helps equalize the playing field and enables underprivileged children to receive an education and have more opportunities for their future. After visiting Pratham, supporting the organization was an easy decision.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

What really attracted me to Pratham was its focus on the efficiency of its funds utlization and on improving the effectiveness of its programs. I feel it brings necessary private sector discipline to a public cause. Leveraging off volunteers and government infrastructure (where possible), Pratham strives to keep overhead costs to a minimum. It is reassuring to know that only a minimal amount of the money donated will be lost to friction. Additionally, it is refreshing to see the close cooperation between Pratham and policy think-tanks such as MIT's poverty action Lab to constantly monitor Pratham's programs and finesse it to make them more effective. This hard-headed approach to its mission makes me comfortable that my donations will not be lost in a sea of good-intentions but will actually be put to work to deliver results

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham is unlikely any charity. In most charities, people donate the gift of money. While useful- this gift is finite. However, with Pratham, the gift given is the ability for a child to read. This gift is one that lasts forever in a child's life, opening many more opportunities for them throughout their entire lives. Through Pratham, almost 20 million children have learned how to read thanks to the generosity of its patrons.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Education not just helps a person how to make a living, but also how to live. I have found Pratham to be very effective in educating and providing right guidance to less fortunate amongst us. I got a chance to visit few of Pratham projects around Ahmedabad, and got first hand view of how enthusiatic teachers were, how knowledgeable and dedicated its support staff is and how excited and interested were the kids going to Pratham schools. In addition to being a donor, visit to Pratham projects has inspired me to be a volunteer member of Pratham team delivering education to needy and underprivileged kids. I hope to participate in near future. I would strongly recommend Pratham as a first choice for charity.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham for me is a charity that embodies everything I believe in. It is not only a charity, it is more than that. Educating the children of India is investing in the future of an economy. It is a stepping stone where educated children can become part of a productive labourforce in the future. The assessment and monitoring of Pratham's effectiveness is very impressive, everything is accounted for and statistics produced by independent organisations such as the MIT Poverty lab. Its success in such a short time just says it all!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham has inspired me in so many ways - and not just to raise money or other typical ways a ngo involves people, but it has changed the way I think and feel. I am connected in a deep and meaningful way with other expat indians, the village school children and also non-indians, who give their time and energy to make india a better place. They all are individuals who have shown me how to be and act as a 'world citizen' and I can not thank Pratham enough for this fundamental mind - and heart - shift. In addition to that, the Pratham slogan - every child in school and learning well - is to be exemplary of Pratham's multi-layered approach. Not only do they want every child, no matter what sex, caste - in school, but they want them to be 'learning well'. Its not just about a symbol, but about true education and empowerment. As we hear so often from politicians making promises: children are the future. At Pratham, these really are our children (metaphorically, at least) and as guardians of their planet and future, we really make itqwg our responsibility to provide them with the key to an empowered life filled with opportunity for self-improvement, achievement and friendship. All the while creating a sense of belonging, connectedness and purpose for ourselves. Thank you Pratham!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having had first hand experience with the wonderful work that Pratham provides for the children of India, I cannot stress too much what an awesome charity this is. The strife of the volunteers and workers alike can be easily seen in the infrastructure and capabilities of this organisation, not to mention and most importantly the estatic smiles of the faces of the children.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

If Education is a Passport to Success - then Pratham Program is their VISA stamp...Pratham is about 4 S's Pratham is about SCALE, reaching tens of millions of kids in India across all states... Pratham is about SUSTAINABILITY, with lowest overhead cost of any NGO (The kids does not go to school, the school comes to the kid!) Pratham is about SIMPLICITY, whose success can be measured, monitored, replicated and rewarded. This is core IP of Pratham! Pratham is about SUCCESS in the smile of a child's eye, and thirst of knowledge to become 'street-smart': achieve the wisdom of when to say NO and when to say YES!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Pratham USA with its grass root initiatives in Indai understands the importance of education for children. Every child has the right to education and dream big. Pratham, through its education projects, delivers this to children in India. More than 92 percent of the donations made to Pratham go directly to these projects in India benefiting children. One of the best charities in India. Please take a look at their IRS 990 and you will be assured that your donations are benefiting to improve literacy and reduce child labor in India. Please visit my page http://www.firstgiving.com/gautamsachdev

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Pratham has been an important organization in our lives. Education frees us and brings beauty into our lives. To be able to give that gift to others gives me such joy. And Pratham does it all with such a dedicated team and uses all its resouces well.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham's impact is hard to overstate. Using relatively limited resources (annual budget is under $20 million) Pratham has managed to reach tens of millions of children and has brought India appreciably closer to the 60-year aspiration of ensuring universal childhood literacy in India.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An extremely well run organization with low cost overheads, makes it possible to go the extra mile in its mission of educating the illiterates and impoverished in India. Recommend it very highly. Harvinder Arora

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Pratham is very efficient and don't waste too much on admin cost. They do very grass root work and help to get the education to those kids who don't have access or cant afford it.. Great work,, thanks.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham's mission of 'Every child in school and learning well' and its execution of its programs is absolutely commnedable. Having worked in the slums and rural areas in India, i am very familiar with the daunting challenges of effecting change in extremely abject conditons. Pratham's fast track literacy pack is India's hope and our hope for millions of disadvantaged children half a world away.

2

Former Volunteer

Rating: 1

Very Disappointed by this charity organization!! This organization needs serious help and intervention. The organization was started with a great intent and vision. However, as 2010 approaches, Pratham is still far from achieving its original goal of seeing all children reading and reading well. The organization has started to take short cuts to meet its vision. The curriculam has been modified (Read India) to quickly hit the numbers, rather than to really teach children quality education. The leadership is weak, power centric and there are little or no avenues to provide feedback to the people at the top. This organization has the potential to achieve very great results; if there is better mechanism for selection of leaders (rather than simply looking at who will write the biggest check). The volunteering opportunities are not very structured; and volunteers can be better leveraged.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Pratham when I was in middle school, about 6 years ago. Although I was young, the Pratham family took me in as one of their own and allowed me to volunteer with them whenever possible. It has been a rewarding 6 years with the organization. I even had a chance to visit a Pratham school in India, and it was an experience I will never forget, the amount of hard work and dedication volunteers put into the organization here and in the schools in India is just amazing. And everything seems to pay off when you see kids in school learning and growing to be a part of the educated society around them. Pratham is a wonderful organization that I see myself being a part of for a very long time, until all of India's children are in school and learning well!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the Pratham organization during its early years in Houston and have seen enrollment of students in India grow from a relatively small number to more than one million. It has also expanded to many states throughout that country. The program not only helps children scholastically, it teaches them social skills and encourages creativity. Equally important, Pratham trains teachers from the community, giving them a sense of purpose as well as respect. Education improves the lives of the children and their families, giving them hope for a better future. Pratham can be proud of its accomplishments, and I recommend the organization for the InDiya Shine Award.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active with Pratham since 1998 and found it to be an outstanding NGO contributing to improve education in India. While in the US I was involved in raising funds for Pratham activities. Now that I have moved to Pratham, besides raising funds I am also involved in the management of Pratham Mysore. Thanks to decentralization of Pratham, we are able to experiment with different strategies while still following the directions of the head quarters.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement in Pratham was in two ways, I took part in Pratham's entertainmnet side where I performed on the stage to bring people enjoyment and promote Pratham's philosphy of bringing education to as many children all over India. Second, I did the singing as well as put in my pledge to help Pratham succeed in providing a necessary fundamental for each child to succeed in their life and thus help India succeed in the world and make the world a better place. So the path that Pratham is fullfilling is a monumental feat of great value to all the children with no value. I wish them all the best in their endeavor!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Pratham from a friend a few years ago. As a non-Indian, living in NYC from Australia, I was deeply touched by their motivation and objective and since have been able to help anyway I can by raising awareness and introducing others to this great thing Pratham...

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Prathan Los Angeles for over 4 years. What they are doing in not only unique but also monumental given the population of a country like India and the numberof children who do not have access to elementary learning tools or curriculum. I wish them the best in their quest to educate all the children in the slums of India

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pratham does a great job of providing education, which gives the power to an individual to choose. The children can learn and grow in their life having choices - succeeding through knowledge rather than living through hard labor all their life. Thanks Pratham. Keep it going.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Way before Slumdog Millionaire...Pratham was in Dharavi teaching nitpickers (the children who live on and off the garbage dumps) how to read. I will never forget the site visit I did there as a donor on behalf of a Fortune 50 company seeing both the children who lived with parents in homes learning additional literacy skills as well as these children living on the street who would be able to access Pratham's services. They do amazing work and to this day, our company has a major partnership with them in Mumbai

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited a few schools in around Delhi and I really liked what I saw there. Pratham is doing a lot in reaching out to kids. It appears they are now working on giving a lot more quality education as well. Keep up the good work.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 4

We have been recently introduce to Pratham USA in Dallas. It was love at first sight on the core objectives and its practical application. We have been able to attend their cultural/fund raising program and both of our children on their own decided to donate a significant portion of their pocket money as the proof point were so compelling for the young children. I have decided to learn and implement further in the areas of india that I come from.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Does amazing work educating the children of India! Clear mission, strategic thinking, metrics-driven and focused on the kids Attended their fund-raising gala and left inspired by their commitment

4

Donor

Rating: 5

The best way to characterize Pratham is an organization that is helping address the foundational cause of literacy and numeracy, effectively (through demonstrated learning outcomes), cost effectively, and at scale (34 million touched by Read India campaign. This is a very rare combination that makes Pratham very special.