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Washington, DC Gala 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018​, from 6​:00​ PM to 11:30 PM
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
Join us for the 2018 Pratham Washington, DC Gala.

Pratham Graduate Inspires at DC Event

At the age of 23, Ganput Luche earned 1,300 rupees (approximately $20) a month performing odd jobs. After completing a three-month course in hospitality with Pratham, Ganpat, now 29, takes home more than 50,000 rupees (approximately $800) a month as a waiter in Dubai and is saving to buy land in his hometown, where he plans to start his own restaurant.

On May 15, Ganput recounted his uplifting story for the attendees of a Pratham DC salon event held at the...
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Pratham Releases ASER 2017: Beyond Basics

On January 18, 2018, Pratham released the 12th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The comprehensive report examines the status of learning in rural communities, where most of the nation’s poor reside. In contrast to previous years, which have focused on children aged 3 to 16, this year’s report, called “Beyond Basics,” surveyed youth between the ages of 14 and 18. This age group is the first generation to have finished eight years of school since India’s Right to Education...
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DC Community Supports Pratham at Annual Gala

The Washington, DC chapter of Pratham hosted its annual gala on September 30 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. The event, which was attended by more than 360 guests, raised $275,000 to support Pratham programs. The gala marks a successful year for the DC chapter, which has raised over $500,000 so far.

Actor, writer and filmmaker R. Madhavan made an impassioned plea with his keynote address. He underscored the importance of tangible results when giving back and...
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DC Chapter Showcases Pratham Science Program at STEM Symposium

DC President Chethan Rao and board member Amit Puri represented Pratham at WashingtonExec’s fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) symposium on March 25. A record-setting 3,600 visitors attended the all-day event, at the Nysmith School in Herndon, VA, which provided local families an opportunity to engage with representatives from STEM-focused institutions.
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Pratham DC Gala Sets New Fundraising Record for the Chapter

On October 8, 2016, Pratham Washington, DC chapter hosted its annual gala. The event, held at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, was attended by nearly 400 people and raised over $320,000, a new record for the burgeoning chapter.

Guests were treated to a moving keynote address by US-India Business Council President Dr. Mukesh Aghi, who praised Pratham’s efforts in primary education: “The promise of Pratham in trying to educate the girl child is very, very important.” Aghi’s speech went on...
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  • Rakesh Bhatia
  • Alpa Bhungalia
  • Ram Karuppusamy
  • Ramesh Mahalingam
  • Sheela Murthy
  • Jai Saboo
  • Dr. Bhavini Trivedi
  • Jolly Vasani

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  • Rajan Bhatia
  • Prem Bajaj
  • Madhu Chawla
  • Shyam Dua
  • Ramesh Gupta
  • Ravi Gupta
  • Amy Hariani
  • Madhur Kanna
  • Chetana Kaasam
  • Ravi Puli
  • Amit Puri
  • Neeraj Vohra

Young Professionals Leads
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  • Sid Sathi

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