Emmy Award Winning Actress, Archie Panjabi to Host 2011 Pratham USA Tri-State Gala

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Evening will feature remarks from Pratham CEO and Founder, Madhav Chavan and U.S. State Department’s Senior Advisor for South and Central Asia, Mitul Desai.

Pratham USA, a nonprofit organization committed to large scale improvement of primary education in India, will host their annual benefit dinner on Wednesday, October 5th, at 6:00pm at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The event will celebrate Pratham’s success in bringing quality education to millions of children in India.

Pratham Tri-State returns to the Pierre for the third consecutive year, once again promising a prominent guest list, fabulous food and vibrant discourse. In his keynote address, Mitul Desai will offer exclusive insights from the U.S. Department of State on India-US relations as well as a preview of the Department’s plans to support philanthropy within the Indian American diaspora.    

Pratham’s founder and CEO, Madhav Chavan will attend and give supporters a preview of Pratham’s future plans. In response to increasing demand, this year’s Gala will conclude by opening up the dance floor to all guests.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Sangita Karra at 914-260-3793 or visit http://www.prathamusa.org.

About Pratham:

Pratham, which means "first" in Sanskrit, 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 teaching more advanced learning skills.

Pratham's Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 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 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.

Pratham's programs have been recognized internationally for their innovation and impact. Recently, Pratham won a Skoll award for entrepreneurship, the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award in the public service category and the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Prize.

With an annual budget of less than $15 million, Pratham combines large-scale impact with an extremely efficient use of funds. Pratham USA (http://www.prathamusa.org), 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.

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