On December 15, 2015, Pratham Chicago Young Professionals Group hosted a winter gathering at the TapRoom at Lagunitas Brewing Company. More than 50 people came out for this evening of food, music, craft beer and networking with peers.
For ten years, Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has informed communities and leaders that India’s elementary education is in dire straits. Only half of children in Grade 5 can read at the second-grade level or solve a simple two-digit subtraction problem. That’s about 100 million Indian children who are expected to move forward in life without having grasped the fundamentals.
Local business leaders and residents passionate about education turned out in full force at the Pratham Chicago Gala on September 19, 2015. Held at the Meadows Club, the annual gala celebrated Pratham’s 20th anniversary and raised $250,000 in support of our education initiatives in India.
On Sunday, July 19, 2015, volunteers and supporters gathered for our inaugural Pratham Chicago summer picnic.
The weather cooperated wonderfully for a perfect outing at beautiful Glencoe Beach on the North Shore. Families from our rapidly growing Pratham community mingled under a shady trellis by the blue waters of Lake Michigan while enjoying freshly made dosas.
Students from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) and the University of Chicago are doing their part to raise awareness of Pratham’s work.
Delta Phi Omega selected Pratham’s Second Chance program as its national charity for 2015. Former Chicago Chapter President Dr. Raj Rajaram visited the sorority’s UIC chapter to talk about the program, which provides access to secondary education for female dropouts in India.
- Ketu Amin
- Joher and Rina Akolawala
- Dilip Bhattacharjee
- Suren Gupta
- Rakesh and Neha Mani
- Prabha Ravi
- Srinivas Reddy
- Praveen Sharma
- Rahul Singhvi
Young Professionals Lead
- Rahul Kalsi