Phoenix

Phoenix Gala Raises Funds To Help End Child Illiteracy In India

The Pratham gala attracted more than 250 people to the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Hotel designed by Albert Chase McArthur. The signature event of Phoenix’s Indian-American social calendar raised over $300,000 for Pratham’s mission to have “every child in school and learning well.”

The black-tie affair featured a cocktail reception, live auction, dinner, dancing, and several inspiring speeches.

In her opening remarks, chapter president Dr. Sheena Banerjee reminded guests of Pratham’s impact – “50 million kids educated in 23 years” – and its...
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Pratham Phoenix Hosts Inaugural Lunch and Learn

An informal get together was held for Pratham supporters on February 25 at the home of Samir Sawhney, who serves on the chapter advisory board, and his wife Nazila.

Attendees had an opportunity to meet Azeez Gupta, former director of Pratham’s vocational training program, as well as Vikas Bahl, a development director for Pratham USA.
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Education Spotlighted at Annual Phoenix Gala

On September 16, 2017, close to 600 local business leaders, dignitaries and residents turned out for the annual Pratham Phoenix Gala. Held at the idyllic Scottsdale Hilton with its breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, the event raised $160,000 for Pratham programs.

The keynote speaker, Amin Maredia, CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., inspired listeners with his insight into the factors that lead to an individual’s success, calling it, “the result of an action of one or multiple other people, not just...
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PraDigi: A New Way to Engage Children in Learning

On August 29 in New Delhi, Pratham unveiled its latest innovation, PraDigi. In addition to providing tablets to rural communities, this digital initiative includes a learning app that offers children high-quality, interactive content to improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills, support their subject-specific competencies, and promote their ability to think critically and work collaboratively.

Currently, 25 games and more than 500 videos are available for three age groups in 11 Indian languages (Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi,...
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Pratham Phoenix Welcomes Spring with Traditional Holi Celebration

More than 450 members of the local Phoenix community gathered on Sunday, March 12, 2017, to celebrate the Indian festival of Holi.

Known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love,” Holi is a Hindu festival, observed in parts of India and Nepal, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It also symbolizes rebirth, love and the triumph of good over evil.
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Leadership

President
Dr. Sheena Banerjee

Vice President
Amit Shah

Advisory Board
  • Dr. Shalini Agarwal
  • Dr. Maninder Chatha
  • Dr. Rajeev Garg
  • Dr. Hemant Pandey
  • Dr. Shruti Parasher
  • Milan Patel
  • Sanat Patel
  • Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan
  • Dr. Mandeep Rai
  • Dr. Simpi Sanghera
  • Samir Sawhney

Executive Board
  • Aishwarya Adyanthaya
  • Dr. Asan Ariff
  • Anu Bhat
  • Sumona Bhattacharya
  • Dr. Hemasree Chaliki
  • Sona Dodd
  • Dr. Ashok Garg
  • Dr. Shipra Garg
  • Asha Gopal
  • Dr. Nishant Gupta
  • Suprit Gupta
  • Dr. Pankaj Jain
  • Shwaita Jain
  • Raj Kapoor
  • Priti Kaur
  • Girija Krishnamurthy
  • Ruchira Mago
  • Neha Mallik
  • Kinal Movalia
  • Kashmira Qureshi
  • Dr. Anjali Pandey
  • Priti Patel
  • Arti Shah
  • Baiju Shah
  • Dr. Nandini Sharma
  • Dr. Amruta Vadnerkar

Stories

Dr. Poduval Goes the Distance

Madhulika's story - Determined to Reach the Top

Tavishi and Yash's story: Cookies and Books for Pratham