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Enter the Youth Essay Competition!

The India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is now accepting submissions for its second annual Youth Essay Competition, made possible by the generous support of the Sarva Mangal Family Trust.

The IPA is a coalition of nonprofit, philanthropic and charitable organizations, including Pratham USA, that mobilizes resources for development and poverty reduction programs in India.

In line with the IPA’s mission of fostering a more robust and better-recognized culture of giving among Indian-Americans, the contest is designed to encourage interest and engage middle and high...
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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...
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Ashesh Kamdar Appointed President of Pratham Los Angeles

Pratham USA is pleased to announce Ashesh Kamdar as president of the Pratham Los Angeles chapter, effective immediately.

Ashesh takes the reins from Navneet Chugh, who led the chapter successfully these past two years. Navneet has provided inspired leadership during his tenure and will continue to serve on the national and chapter boards, offering guidance and mentoring.

Ashesh is the CEO of GBS Linens, which he joined in 2006. Prior to GBS, Ashesh worked in the technology sector for over a decade....
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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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Pratham Mody Technical Institute Inauguration

On January 4, 2019, supporters gathered for the inauguration of the Pratham Mody Technical Institute in the village of Kamargaon in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Built with the generous contribution of the late Pravin Mody and his wife, Sudha, who attended the event with her family, the multi-discipline training center will offer courses in technical trades such as electrical, plumbing and construction to approximately 600 students annually. Numerous companies, including Godrej Properties, Haier, Larsen & Toubro, LG, and Tata Housing, have already...
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Sudesh Arora

Ashesh Kamdar

Vice Presidents
Raj Shah and Nisheeth Singh

Ramesh Patel

Dhiren Mehta

Advisory Board
  • Bradford Freer
  • Mohamed Hamir
  • Sudhaben Mody
  • Dipak Sarkar
  • Manahar Shah
Executive Board
  • Navneet Chugh
  • Sonny Kothari
  • Pradeep Kumar
  • Pankaj Kumar
  • Saumil Maheshvari
  • Dr. Gunvant Mehta
  • Milind Pasari
  • Rao Prathipati
  • Rubin Ranat
  • Dave Saxena
  • Jigar Shah
  • Bharati Shah

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