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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...
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Catching up with Pratham@UH

The University of Houston’s Pratham Student Group recently celebrated its 14th anniversary. Since it was founded as the first university chapter of Pratham, hundreds of students have participated in events and activities sponsored by Pratham@UH to raise funds and awareness for our mission.

Many are undoubtedly drawn to the numerous social events and networking opportunities, which include Holi celebrations, karaoke nights, samosa bakes sales and the annual Pratham gala. For others, the organization serves as a way to make a difference...
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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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Leadership

President
Dhiren Shethia

Advisory Board
  • Avinash Ahuja
  • Kumar Bashyam
  • Amit Bhandari
  • Hemant Goradia
  • Sapphira Goradia
  • Swatantra Jain
  • Shawn Karande
  • Mai Melligeri
  • Poonam Mittal
  • Shital Patel
  • Smita Singh

Executive Board
  • Shivaji Dasgupta
  • Meena Datt
  • Dhamo Dhamotharan
  • Abhishek Dhingra
  • Asha Dhume
  • Dr. Marie Goradia
  • Manish Jain
  • Himadri Katharani
  • Brij Kathuria
  • Dr. Sippi Khurana
  • Sri Lakshmanan
  • Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
  • Shampa Mukerji
  • Annu Naik
  • Kautilya "Cody" Patel
  • Purav Patel
  • Pradip Seernani
  • Anil Shah
  • Ash Shah
  • Mahesh Shah
  • Rasool Shaik
  • Nameer Siddiqui
  • Jyothi Singh
  • Dr. Sapna Singh
  • Dominic Sreshta
  • Paula Sutton
  • Celestine Vettical
  • Asheet Yagnik

Young Professionals Leads
  • Darel D’Souza
  • Hardik Shah

Stories

Tanvi's Story: Punches, Kicks and Self-Discovery

Sachin's Story: A Learning Experience

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

Yogi Patel: Crusader for India's Children