Holiday Wish List 2017

Your gift can make their wish a reality.

Make the holidays more meaningful this season with a gift that creates lasting change. A quality education provides India’s underprivileged children and youth with the means to escape a lifetime of illiteracy and poverty. Enjoy the heartwarming stories and holiday wishes below … then give with your heart.


What’s more, between now and December 31, every NEW donation to Pratham will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $75,000, so your gift will have double the impact.

Nurture a mind

“My wish is to become a doctor. That’s why I read every day in the morning and at night.” Read More

Assess learning in a village

“My wish is for India’s education problem to be accurately assessed so that we can focus on finding solutions.” Read More

Give a tablet

“My wish is for this tool to help us educate children in distant villages.” Read More

Vasant's story: Learning to read

Eight-year-old Vasant could not even recognize letters. After attending Pratham learning camps, he now reads a first-grade text with confidence. See more

Provide vocational training

“My wish is for everyone to have access to the training that will allow them to reach their full potential.” Read More

Support a preschool

“My wish is for all India’s children to receive an education that will allow them to soar to great heights!” Read More

Sanjana's story: a life transformed

Joined by former Miss Universe and humanitarian Sushmita Sen, recent vocational program graduate Sanjana Das shares her educational journey and the role Pratham played in her transformation. See more

Mangala: beyond expectations

When Mangala Mehar was a teen, her father became paralyzed. To support her family, she worked as a day laborer, all the while dreaming of a better life. Pratham’s vocational training program gave her just that. See more

Enable an entrepreneur

“My wish is for women to be able to transform their lives by earning money doing something they love.” Read More

Launch learning camps

“I wish for India to reach its full potential and get the rural population educated.” Read More

Give girls a second chance

“My wish is to become a teacher so I can give other girls a second chance like I was given.” Read More

Sustain a training center

“My wish is to expose young people to opportunities in order to create more leaders, not followers.” Read More


For seven straight years, Pratham USA has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for our “sound fiscal management” and “commitment to accountability and transparency,” a distinction that places Pratham USA in the top 3% of 1.5 million American charities.

Donors can give with confidence knowing that over 91% of funds raised by Pratham USA go directly to support our programs in India.


Whether it’s  a direct donation or one of the avenues listed below, you have the power to change a child’s life. Doing it during the holiday season makes it that much sweeter.

Newman’s Own Foundation Holiday Challenge
Pratham is participating in the Newman’s Own Foundation Holiday Challenge. The organization that raises the most money will be awarded $150,000 in prize money. To count toward the challenge, donations need to be made at before 1:59 pm EST on January 3, 2018.

Make wishes come true and help us build momentum on social media. Use #PrathamWish to spread the word and advocate for quality education for India’s children.

Shop AmazonSmile
When you shop at AmazonSmile and designate Pratham USA as your recipient, 0.5% of every purchase automatically goes toward educating underserved children. That’s giving made easy. Click and you’re done.

Giving Tuesday 
Join others on November 28 for this global day of giving that brings communities together to raise money for causes they care about. Make education your cause, and make an even bigger impact by sharing the reasons for your gift with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Matching Gift Programs
Many companies across the United States offer matching gift programs, which can double or even triple the impact of your donation. Contact your employer’s HR department to learn more about workplace giving options.

Combined Federal Campaign
Promote and support Pratham USA through the Combined Federal Campaign. Open to employees of the US Federal Government, the code to give to Pratham USA is #23849. Learn more.

World Bank Community Connections Campaign
The Community Connections Campaign (CCC) is the World Bank’s workplace giving program, running each year between November and December. Through the CCC, World Bank staff, consultants, and retirees can support donate to Pratham USA via the World Bank egive platform and the donation will be matched.