With the intent of providing quality education to the underprivileged children in India, an Indian NGO has raised more than USD 4 million. The announcement regarding the raised funds was made at an annual US-India NGO event in New York.
The NGO, 'Pratham', for its award winning education programs, raised more than 3.8 million and another USD 260,000.
Pratham is India's one of the largest non-governmental education organization. It was established in the slums of Mumbai in 1995 and since then it has affected the lives of more than 50 million underprivileged children.
"I had always dreamed of becoming a successful and independent woman. The Pratham course gave me something far greater than the skills to get a job at a fancy hotel. Pratham gave me the motivation and self-confidence to keep moving ahead," said Mangala Mehar, one of the beneficiaries of the organization's educational programs.
CEO of Pratham, Rukmini Banerji, in her speech praised the support which the organization received from the Google and family based trust. This will help the NGO to experiment with the digital learning and will enable them to determine the optimum solution which can be used to educate the India's 100 million children, who are functionally illiterate.
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