Boston Pratham Gala Raises $300,000 to Support Education in India

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BOSTON—The Boston chapter of Pratham USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to India’s underprivileged children, raised $300,000 during its annual fundraising gala last week.

Pratham officials said approximately 225 people attended the gala, which also celebrated the 1oth anniversary of Boston chapter of Pratham. The event was held at Boston’s luxurious Intercontinental Hotel on Sept. 29, 2017.

Avanti Nagral

Pratham Education Foundation CEO Rukmini Banerji was the keynote speaker at this year’s gala.

The annual Boston Gala provided an opportunity for the local community to learn about Pratham’s efforts to address a learning crisis that leaves nearly half of India’s fifth graders unable to read or write.

Avanti Nagral, who along with Sara Atske, Meredith Clark and Grace Weghorst researched, assessed and presented Pratham to their peers and earned a $15,000 grant from Harvard University for Pratham, also spoke at gala.

“Since its inception, Pratham has helped educate and transform the lives of over 50 million children and youth accross India,” Pratima Abichandani, president of the Pratham Boston Chapter, said in a letter to all attendees of the gala. “With your support, we raised over $300K at our gala, which will make it possible for thousands more to receive high quality education and career opportunities.

Established in the slums of Mumbai in 1995, Pratham is now one of India’s largest non-governmental education organizations, having affected the lives of more than 50 million underprivileged children in the past two decades. 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. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit



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