Readathon 2016

Update: November 2016 Since the launch of the 2016 campaign in May, 233 readers from across the US have been reading books to help less fortunate kids in India. Under the guidance of coordinators and mentors and with support from 735 donors, the kids have raised over $60,000.

The campaign continues until the end of the year with a goal of $100,000, enough to support the Pratham Read India program in 100 villages and several urban areas. Readers are welcome to register anytime by clicking one the button below. Donors offering matching donations to the Readathon may contact the National Chair.

The 2016 campaign was highly anticipated with teams in several cities hosting launch parties to register participants. Many generous supporters become Readathon champions, offering matching donations through inventive challenges and incentives. Some of these challenges made readers appreciate the fact that Pratham only needs $25 to educate a child for a whole year and creatively think of what $25 can buy them where they live.


Love to read? Pratham’s annual Readathon is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Simply by getting pledges for every book you read, you can help India’s children learn to read for themselves. No need to worry about door-to-door solicitation—you do it all through our online fundraising tools.

Who can participate? Kids of any age. Children too young to read can have a sibling, parent, grandparent read to them. High school students are encouraged to become Readathon coordinators and lead a team of younger readers.

Why Readathon? Watch this video made by 2016 participants to find out what the Readathon means to them and why they participate.

Ready to get started? Click on the button to get started.