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.
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Sold-Out Gala Brings Bollywood Fashion to Houston for India’s Children

On April 23, 2016, Pratham Houston held their annual fundraising gala—perhaps the most glamorous gala in Houston history—and raised an astounding $1,800,000 for Pratham’s programs, which educate India’s children and empower youth through vocational skills training.
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Connect with Houston’s Young Professionals Group

“I joined Pratham Young Professionals Houston to become involved in an organization that truly cares for the education of the youth in India. I don’t believe people understand how many children in India do not have access to an education. I wanted to share knowledge about Pratham and inspire others to help children have a brighter future.” 
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Pratham USA Founder Vijay Goradia Featured in Forbes

In a recent interview with Forbes, Pratham USA Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Vijay Goradia, opened up about what prompted him to establish the charity in 1999.

“I always knew that these people lived in abject poverty, but when I was growing up in Mumbai, I was told these people were poor because they were lazy or they chose not to get educated. When I got involved with Pratham, I realized that it was completely the opposite.”
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Holiday Luncheon Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

“Give Girls a Chance, Empower Women and Unleash Their Potential” was the theme of Pratham Houston’s annual holiday fashion show and luncheon on December 4, 2015. The event, held at the Junior League of Houston, brought together 300 of the city’s fashionable philanthropists and raised over $170,000 for Pratham’s Beauty Entrepreneurship Program.
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Ash Shah

Vice President
Asha Dhume

Advisory Board
  • Avinash Ahuja
  • Kumar Bashyam
  • Hemant Goradia
  • Sapphira Goradia
  • Swatantra Jain
  • Shawn Karande
  • Shital Patel

Executive Board
  • Amit Bhandari
  • Shivaji Dasgupta
  • Meena Datt
  • Madhusadan Desai
  • Dhamo Dhamotharan
  • John Flatowicz
  • Dr. Marie Goradia
  • Prat Gupta
  • Manish Jain
  • Brij Kathuria
  • Neetu Khiantani
  • Dr. Sippi Khurana
  • Sri Lakshmanan
  • Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
  • Annu Naik
  • Dr. Jayendra Patel
  • Dr. Bharat Pothuri
  • Sanjay Ramabhadran
  • Savita Rao
  • Anil Shah
  • Mahesh Shah
  • Rasool Shaikh
  • Dr. Amitabh Shukla
  • Atman Shukla
  • Nameer Siddiqui
  • Dr. Sapna Singh
  • Jyothi Singh
  • Anuradha Subramanian
  • Dr. Randeep Suneja
  • Paula Sutton
  • Dr Gauri Varadhachary
  • Asheet Yagnik

Young Professionals Lead
  •  Darel D’Souza


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