BOSTON—The Boston chapter of Pratham, one of India’s largest non-governmental education organizations that has affected the lives of more than 45 million underprivileged children in the past two decades, last week raised more than $300,000 at its annual gala at Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.
U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was the chief guest and keynote speaker at the gala. Nuzhat Malik, a young woman whose life was transformed with Pratham’s support, told her heartwarming story to the audience.
“We were fortunate to have Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard as our keynote speaker, very committed institutional and individual sponsors, and extremely generous guests who ensured that we had a very successful pledge drive to support the noble cause of education,” said Pratima Abichandani, president of the Pratham Boston Chapter. “We are inspired by their support and wish to thank them all for making the evening so successful.”
Other speakers included Deepak Raj, president Pratham USA; Madhav Chavan, Pratham co-founder and Pratham Boston Chapter President Abichandani. The pledge drive was conducted by Shikha Uberoi, the creator and executive producer of The Real Deal, an impact investing TV show in India and a former tennis player. Entertainment was provided by Berklee Indian Ensemble and DJ Yogz. Singer of the night was Vasuda Sharma.
“We raised over $300,000,” said Pragya Dhariwal, one of the organizers of the gala. In 2015, Pratham Boston had raised about $400,000.
Established in the slums of Mumbai in 1995, Pratham is now one of India’s largest non-governmental education organizations. To achieve its mission of “every child in school and learning well,” Pratham develops practical solutions to address gaps in the education system and works in collaboration with India’s governments, communities, educators and industry to increase learning outcomes and influence education policy.
Pratham USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a consistent four-star rating from Charity Navigator that seeks to raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for our work on the India. There are 14 Pratham chapters in the United States.