Houston

Pratham Houston Raises Record $4.5 Million at Anniversary Gala

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, more than 900 guests attended the annual Houston gala, which commemorated 20 years of Pratham’s presence in the US. Held at the Hilton Americas, the event raised $4.5 million—the largest amount ever by a local Indian-American charity—to support our education programs.

The enormous impact we’ve made on the education sector in India was reflected in the evening’s program. A touching video tribute to gala honoree Vijay Goradia, who established Pratham USA in 1999 after visiting a...
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Sapphira Goradia Reflects on Recent Pratham Visit

In December, Sapphira Goradia and her parents visited Pratham programs in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. The daughter of Pratham USA’s first family has taken the time to provide an insightful account of her experience, offering a fresh perspective from the next generation of Pratham supporters.

“It’s hard to recall a time in my life when I didn’t think about Pratham on at least a weekly basis. This is not an exaggeration—my father, Vijay Goradia, founded Pratham USA when I was...
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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...
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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...
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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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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
  • Poonam Mittal
  • Shital Patel
  • Dhiren Shethia
  • Smita Singh
Executive Board
  • Amit Bhandari
  • Shivaji Dasgupta
  • Meena Datt
  • Dhamo Dhamotharan
  • Abhishek Dhingra
  • Dr. Marie Goradia
  • Manish Jain
  • Himadri Katharani
  • Brij Kathuria
  • Neetu Khiantani
  • Sri Lakshmanan
  • Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
  • Shampa Mukerji
  • Annu Naik
  • Dr. Jayendra Patel
  • Dr. Bharat Pothuri
  • Anil Shah
  • Ash Shah
  • Mahesh Shah
  • Rasool Shaik
  • Nameer Siddiqui
  • Jyothi Singh
  • Dr. Sapna 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