Pratham for Karnataka

1. About Pratham 
2. Pratham for Karnataka.
3. Pratham Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament.

4. Pratham NC Gala

5. Pratham-RTP on Facebook.







1. About Pratham. 


Pratham was founded in the slums of Mumbai in 1994 with UNICEF support.  Today, Pratham’s direct urban programs, including pre-schools, community libraries and remedial learning programs reach hundreds of thousands of children every year.  In 2007, with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pratham launched the Read India campaign, an innovative, low-cost effort to reach the  ~100 million children in India who cannot read, write or do basic math.   With the continued support of the Hewlett Foundation in 2010, the Read India campaign has entered its second phase focusing its attention at the village level and addressing more advanced levels of learning.  
 
Pratham's Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), supported by Google.org, evaluates India's status of education through direct testing of over 700,000 children in 16,000 villages across India.  ASER is the only annual measurement of basic literacy and numeracy conducted at scale in India today and its  widespread dissemination has helped to focus government attention on the issue of learning.  To support newly literate children across India, Pratham Books has developed and published over 130 titles and printed over 3 million children's books in local Indian languages.
  
With an annual budget of less than $15 million, Pratham combines large-scale impact with an extremely efficient use of funds.  Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors




2. Pratham for Karnataka.


A group of Kannada families who have been long term supporters of Pratham have decided to come together and channel their donations to a district in Karnataka. They have started with a modest goal of just $20,000, half of which has already been met. If you'd like to would like to join them in making a positive life changing difference in the life of a young child in Karnataka, please go to this link and learn more. (Link to the webpage that'll be created)





3. Pratham "Drive for Literacy" Golf Tournament.


Have you never golfed before? Then here is a good opportunity for you to play golf with your own select group of friends and check it off of your To-Do bucket list. If you are a passionate golfer, then this is an opportunity to show off your golfing skills, take part in exciting contests and win some prizes. So no matter what your skill level is, come and play in the Pratham "drive for Literacy" Golf Tournament and support a good cause. Your $50 will include 18 rounds of golf in the best-ball format, paid rental for a golf cart, a light Subway lunch, a full dinner and drinks. 

This will be held on Sat, Sept 10th 2011 at the Wil-Mar Golf Club, Knightsdale between 1 pm - 5 pm. For more information, please visit this link.




4. Pratham NC Gala 2011.


Pratham's annual Gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17th at North Raleigh Hilton. We are thrilled to have Rahul Bose, Bollywood Actor, Social Activist, and Pratham Supporter in attendance and deliver the keynote address at the Gala. We are so excited to have Parag Mehta, Communication Director at Dept. of Labor, and Social Activist in attendance and deliver address at the Gala making the occasion very special and significant. Entertainment will be provided by the popular music group Mumbai Masti who are coming all the way from India. For more information, please visit this link.




5. Pratham-RTP on Facebook


Like Pratham-RTP on Facebook and keep yourself informed of the good work that Pratham is doing and the many awards that it wins.


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CURRENT NEED

There are 4 blocks in Bangalore Rural. Educational needs of each block is about $60K. The 60K pays for Pratham's educational materials, volunteer training, volunteer stipends etc. Karnataka govt. has challenged Akshara Foundation to adopt a block in Bangalore Rural. If Akshara meets the challenge, the govt. will fund the remaining 3 blocks.

 

WHY BANGALORE RURAL

Pratham work in Bangalore is going on in Bangalore Urban and Bangalore Rural. Bangalore Urban (7 Blocks) has been completely funded by Akshara Foundation’s efforts. Funding one Block in Bangalore Rural will prompt Karnataka Government to fund the remaining 3 blocks – an undertaking the government has given! This means that Bangalore – Urban & Rural – will completely come under Pratham coverage and be completely funded enabling Akshara Foundation to focus on other districts in Karnataka.

 

WHY NOT OTHER PARTS OF KARNATAKA

Our initial focus was on districts like Bidar/Raichur/Gulbarga too. But Akshara expects a long term commitment.  After training volunteers and moving resources there, if the funds dry up, it would be difficult for them to sustain the programs there. Hence we have decided to take baby steps and begin with our support to Bangalore Rural. Once this gains momentum, we can expand or shift focus to districts of our choice and work with Akshara Foundation in this regard..

 

OUR PART IN THE MISSION OF  “Every child in school and learning Well”

We would like to reach a target of $20,000 this year. We are pleased to inform you that the response has been encouraging with few pledges that have already come in. With this great start and impetus, we can all do this together and reach our goal! We would like you to be part of this! Would you like to be a part of this?

 

PLEDGE DRIVE

We would like the pledges to come in by SEPTEMBER 1, 2011. Work has already commenced in 1 Block in Bangalore Rural with the money that Akshara Foundation has received so far. We still have a long way to go….We look forward to hearing from you. Your commitment and support will help Akshara Foundation complete the work they started in Banaglore 10 years ago!

 

Should you have any questions or need additional information or would like a meeting with us to further discuss about your interest to support, please do let us know.

 

Together let us try to make a difference!




LINKS



www.akshara.org.in

www.klp.org

<link to attached file Bangalore report card.pdf>


CONTACTS
Chaya Rao
Bhanu Subramanya
Rajeev Thalla
Prasad Kashyap
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