Houston

Upcoming events

Houston Holiday Luncheon

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 11 am to 1:30 pm
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027
Save the date for the annual Houston holiday luncheon featuring Gabriella Rowe, Head of School at The Village School.


Houston Gala 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010
Save the date for the 2018 Pratham Houston Gala.


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.
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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....
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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 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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Leadership

President
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

Stories

Sachin's Story: A Learning Experience

Yogi Patel: Crusader for India's Children