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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

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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.

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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!!!

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.