Pratham Gala Celebrates Collective Impact of Phoenix Community

On Saturday, April 27, local Pratham supporters gathered for the annual Phoenix Gala. Held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the event brought together 300 guests, raising $400K for our education programs in India.

“Why should 26 individuals make as much as 3.8 billion people in the world?” asked the night’s keynote speaker, Dr. Steve Narang, CEO of Banner University Medical Center. In a speech stressing our collective responsibility to give back to the less fortunate, he declared, “There is no...
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Sanat Patel Connects Phoenix with Pratham Beneficiaries

On January 27, 2019, Phoenix advisory board member Sanat Patel hosted a video conference for US supporters from a Pratham center near Vadodara, Gujarat. During the hour-long event, Sanat served as both moderator and interpreter between the participants in India and donors in Phoenix. The call—a creative way to connect US volunteers with program beneficiaries—offered many their first chance to interact directly with the children they are so dedicated to helping.

Sanat, along with his wife, Jagu, and his mother, Manju,...
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Phoenix Kids Exceed Expectations During Annual Pratham USA Readathon

The annual campaign has become a fun way for families to raise funds for Pratham education programs in India while promoting reading, service and a sense of community here in the US.

With a fundraising goal of $3,000, organizers Aishwarya and Madhavi recruited 25 children from the East Valley and Central Phoenix communities and hosted a series of small events to promote the goal of the campaign. Thanks to the hard work and tenacity of the readers and their families, the...
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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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Dr. Sheena Banerjee

Advisory Board
  • Dr. Shalini Agarwal
  • Dr. Maninder Chatha
  • Alka Das
  • Dr. Wishwdeep Dhillon
  • Dr. Rajeev Garg
  • Rajesh Menon
  • Dr. Hemant Pandey
  • Dr. Shruti Parasher
  • Milan Patel
  • Sanat Patel
  • Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan
  • Dr. Mandeep Rai
  • Dr. Simpi Sanghera
  • Anu Venugopal
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
  • Raj Kapoor
  • Priti Kaur
  • Girija Krishnamurthy
  • Ruchira Mago
  • Neha Mallik
  • Kinal Movalia
  • Dr. Punam Ohri- Vachaspati
  • Kashmira Qureshi
  • Dr. Anjali Pandey
  • Priti Patel
  • Baiju Shah
  • Dr. Nandini Sharma
  • Dr. Amruta Vadnerkar


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