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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!