The South Asian Times

10 December 2017 21:01 PM

Pratham raises $ 3.8 M at NY gala

New York: Pratham, one of the largest educational nonprofits in India that provides quality education to underprivileged children, hosted its annual New York Tri-State Gala on September 15 at the Cipriani Wall Street. The event, which was attended by approximately 600 influential leaders from the business and Indian  communities, raised over $3.8 million for Pratham’s innovative, award-winning educational programs. 

Guests were entertained by writer, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, who delivered a rousing 20-minute set. Born to an immigrant family, Minaj talked about his upbringing and stressed the importance of “giving kids an opportunity.” With grit and determination, Mangala Mehar took the stage. The Pratham vocational program graduate shared the impact the organization has made on her life. Today the 22-year-old is a senior housekeeper at a Maldives resort, earning enough to pay her father’s medical bills and send her younger brother to college.

The evening honored Ajay Piramal, Chairman of The Piramal Group and the Pratham Education Foundation, who is stepping down from the latter position after a decade of service.

In her speech, Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji described the next frontier for Pratham: exploring an edtech approach to accelerating children’s learning of foundational literacy and numeracy. She praised the significant support Pratham has received from Google and a family-based trust to experiment with digital learning and determine the optimum solution for educating India’s 100 million children who are functionally illiterate. 

Update: 30 Sep, 2017

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