Houston

Pratham Houston Raises $2.8 Million

On May 12, 2018, more than 900 people attended the annual Pratham Gala at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. This year’s sold-out event celebrated the year’s achievements and secured a record $2.8 million in commitments for our programs in India.

Serving as the evening’s co-emcees were Bollywood actress and former Miss India Neha Dhupia along with LA-based comedian Rajiv Satyal, whose unique brand of clean comedy was a hit with the multi-generational crowd.

Chapter President Asha Dhume discussed the reasons for...
Read more

Houston Doctor Runs Katy Half Marathon for Pratham

A renowned cardiologist with a busy practice he started 26 years ago, Dr. Randeep Suneja is an avid runner who has participated in many marathons in the Houston area as well as in his hometown of New Delhi.

When Suneja first joined the Pratham Houston board in 2016, he toyed with the idea of using his passion for running to raise money for the organization. But it wasn’t until a recent trip to New Delhi, where he visited Pratham programs, that...
Read more

The Village Elementary School Reads to Promote Literacy in India

Thanks to some enterprising fourth graders at The Village Elementary School, this year’s Pratham USA Readathon took on a life of its own at the school.

With help from their teacher, Jessica Parker, the class, which has signed up for the challenge since fall 2016, formed a Pratham Readathon Committee and designed a school-wide contest so that every grade could participate.
Read more

Annual Houston Gala Raises $1.4 Million to Fight Child Illiteracy in India

Close to 900 guests attended the annual Pratham Houston gala on April 1, which raised an incredible $1.4 million to fight child illiteracy in India. The sold-out event, held at Hilton Americas, was emceed by KTRK meteorologist Casey Curry and featured a series of unforgettable performances and speeches.

After moving renditions of the national anthems of India and the US performed by Apoorva Das and Pooja Vettical, attendees were treated to a high-energy Bollywood routine by Rice University’s Rasika Dance Group....
Read more

Witnessing Pratham Programs Firsthand

During a recent trip to India with his family, Houston supporter Gaurav Dhume set aside time to visit Pratham. Below is an account of his site visit and impressions of Pratham’s work.

I recently had the opportunity to visit a Pratham educational site in India. While I have been volunteering at the annual gala in Houston for the past few years, this was my first experience witnessing the programs firsthand.
Read more

Leadership

President
Asha Dhume

Vice President
Dr. Randeep Suneja

Advisory Board
  • Avinash Ahuja
  • Kumar Bashyam
  • Hemant Goradia
  • Sapphira Goradia
  • Swatantra Jain
  • Shawn Karande
  • Dr. Sippi Khurana
  • Mai Melligeri
  • Shital Patel
  • Dhiren Shethia

Executive Board
  • Amit Bhandari
  • Shivaji Dasgupta
  • Meena Datt
  • Dhamo Dhamotharan
  • Dr. Marie Goradia
  • Manish Jain
  • Himadri Katharani
  • Brij Kathuria
  • Neetu Khiantani
  • Sri Lakshmanan
  • Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
  • Annu Naik
  • Dr. Jayendra Patel
  • Dr. Bharat Pothuri
  • Seema Sanghi
  • Anil Shah
  • Ash Shah
  • Mahesh Shah
  • Rasool Shaik
  • Atman Shukla
  • Nameer Siddiqui
  • Jyothi Singh
  • Dr. Sapna Singh
  • Smita Singh
  • Paula Sutton
  • Dr. Gauri Varadhachary
  • Celestine Vettical
  • Asheet Yagnik

Young Professionals Leads
  • Darel D’Souza
  • Hardik Shah

Stories

Sachin's Story: A Learning Experience

Yogi Patel: Crusader for India's Children