Austin

Pratham Community gets into the Spirit of Giving

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, Pratham hosted its holiday event, ‘Spirit of Giving.’ It was an evening filled with music, merriment and more – all in support of Pratham’s Digital Learning Villages initiative. The event was watched by over 300 guests. The world’s first South Asian a cappella group, Penn Masala, kicked off the evening on a musical note with a lively performance, and the evening wrapped up with stand-up comedian, Amit Tandon’s, hilarious act. You can view the recording...
Read more

2020 Pratham Readathon Keeps Kids Connected

On August 1, 2020, the Austin chapter concluded the 2020 Readathon with a virtual celebration to honor the participants, their families and donors. Now in its eight year, the Readathon encourages kids in the US to read books while raising awareness and funds for Pratham. This year’s group consisted of 23 readers, aged 4 to 12, supported by four adult mentors.

Inspired by Pratham’s Karona, Thodi Masti, Thodi Padhai campaign, designed to keep Indian children engaged in learning during the pandemic, mentors...
Read more

Fareed Zakaria and Anil Kapoor Headline Pratham National Gala

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, Pratham hosted its first-ever national gala. More than 1100 supporters from across the US attended the virtual fundraiser, which featured CNN Host and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria, Actor and Producer Anil Kapoor and Singer, Lyricist and Composer Shaan. Dubbed “Pratham Beyond: Make Learning Limitless,” the event raised $2 million, which will provide remote learning to 600,000 children in some of India’s most vulnerable communities across the country.

After welcoming attendees, Pratham USA Chairman Deepak Raj...
Read more

Austin Donors Make Collective Impact

Inspired by Pratham’s Hamara Gaon initiative, which is designed to establish a more sustained presence and offer comprehensive programming in 5,000 communities across India, Austin donors Bhavna Guglani, Kanna Venkatasamy and Chitra Thankaswamy have made a joint commitment of $150,000. Their combined support will sustain Pratham education programs for three years in 25 villages in Tamil Nadu, impacting a total of 2500 children.

This new approach aims to improve the learning levels of children and create a sustainable community-driven education environment....
Read more

Community gathers for ninth annual Pratham Austin Gala

On September 29, 2018, more than 350 community members and local business leaders gathered for the ninth annual Pratham Austin Gala. The event, held at the Westin Domain, raised over $250,000 for Pratham programs.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Kevin Ready, entrepreneur and business author for Forbes, spoke passionately about the importance of education in his own life, particularly how it enabled him to cultivate a sense of curiosity about the world. Thanks to unrestricted and unlimited access to resources, he was...
Read more

Leadership

Co-President
Ashish Gupta

Co-President
Vandana Kumar

Vice President
Minu Mohan

Executive Board
  • Vandana Agarawal
  • Raj Asava
  • Anupam Bhandari
  • Nitin Chexal
  • Dr. Seema Desai
  • Bhavna Guglani and Girish Pashilkar
  • Dr. Anita Israni
  • Karan Kapadia
  • Dr. Shanti Khinduka
  • Dr. Sonia Krishna
  • Gita Lal
  • Lakshmi Mandyam
  • Mamata and Dr. Jayadev Misra
  • Sanjay Nasta
  • Sheetal Nasta
  • Nandan Nayampally
  • Shravan Parsi
  • Drs. Meena & Jayendra Patel
  • Anuj Saigal
  • Dr. Monica Shah
  • Rajani Shah
  • Dr. Mukul Sharma
  • Madhav Srinivasan
  • Jaya and Dr. Ishwar Thakkar
  • Chitra Thankaswamy and Ganesh Ramakrishnan
  • Poonam Tripathy
  • Jayshree and Tejas Vakil
  • Kanna Venkatasamy
 
Young Professionals Lead
  • Lajja Majmundar

Stories

Meena and Jayendra: Making A Difference for Children in Gujarat

Sailesh Sanghvi, Artist for a Cause

Sandeep’s Story: Racing to Give Children a Better Life