Pragathi was founded in 2004 by a group of nine professionals in Austin with roots to Karnataka, India. Each one of the founders had his/her own experiences that brought them together to make a difference to thousands of children in India. It was built with a sense of responsibility. It was not an obligation; it was not sympathy or guilt; it was not compulsion, but a sense of duty to where we come from. It is also recognition that so much talent goes undetected and unknown and we individuals have the power to recognize and nurture those talents and make those young minds the most productive citizens. Pragathi was an outcome of a dream and belief that we can collectively make a huge difference.
The mission of Pragathi is improve educational opportunities and help remedial reading, writing, and arithmetic to children in government primary and middle schools in socio-economically backward regions of Karnataka, India. Pragathi will also help locally in Texas to assist children in need.
Pragathi works with local school authorities, teachers, parents, and the community in many different parts of Karnataka. Since inception Pragathi has been able to help nearly 45,000 children become more literate and have a better chance of lifting themselves and their families out of stifling poverty. Pragathi has reached government school children in various parts of Karnataka including villages around Mysore, Chamaraja Nagara, Kanakapura, Ramanagara, Channa Patna, Tumkur, Hubli, Dharwad, Bangalore as well as the cities themselves.
Pragathi – Pratham partnership
Pratham has been perfecting the ''''low cost, yet replicable and scalable'''' model of project implementation since its inception in 2002. The first ever experiment on a larger scenario was possible only when Pragathi came forward to help us launch the Read India, Pratham''''s biggest flagship initiative, in Chamarajanagar, one of educationally backward districts in the growing legacy of Pragathi – Pratham Partnership. Starting with 22 villages during July 2012, the program expanded into 46 villages to reach out to 1074 children through 46 volunteers, by the close of the year. Soon the program stabilized its presence in 100 schools spreading into Yalandur and Gundlupete blocks during 2013-2014. Based on this progress, Pragathi extended the support to Pratham’s Library and Balawadis in the urban locations of Mysore. Today, the reach of Read India has turned into a mega campaign, termed as TEACH INDIA, by the Rotary foundation benefiting over 7894 children from 359 schools along the Bangalore – Chamarajanagar Corridor. Pragathi has been instrumental in getting this opportunity which Pratham has gracefully accepted. Prathams’s efforts in developing the research based remedial packages for Language and Math coupled with Pragathi’s professional competency in monitoring and evaluation, their timely suggestions for improving the Program delivery, have been the instrumental in scaling up without losing focus on quality.
Rotary Bangalore Yalahanka
Rotary West Bangalore
Rotary Bangalore Yelahanka and Rotary Bangalore West clubs are service organizations whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. These clubs have been partnering with Pratham Mysore for the Global Grant Project (Bengaluru – Mysore corridor) from 2014-2015 to improve basic Literacy and Numeracy among elementary and middle school children.This initiative termed as’ Teach Program’ was rolled out in Bengaluru – Mysore corridor during 2014-2015 to improve basic Literacy and Numeracy among elementary and middle school children. This Humanitarian project picked up schools from Yelahanka (Bangalore Rural), Ramanagara, Mandya, Chamarajanagara District in the state of Karnataka as ASER survey noted that these districts have lesser than the average literacy and numeracy among grades 3 to 7 students.
Avaya is a leading global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, real-time video collaboration, contact center, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility program, Avaya has been supporting Pratham Mysore since 2015, an educational initiative called Bala Vidya – aiming to improve the learning outcomes of children in primary schools.
Social Forum To Enable the Needy (SOFTEN), partnership with Infosys, is an example of a partnership with the employees of M/s. Infosys and Pratham to identify merited students of economically weaker sections and provide required financial assistance to study further. Partnership with Infosys has been since 2008 and has enabled several students to become Doctors, Engineers and Scientists.
ITC is one of India’s foremost multi-business enterprise with a robust portfolio of traditional and greenfield businesses encompassing Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Hotels, Paperboards & Specialty Papers, Packaging, Agri-Business, and Information Technology.
ITC has partnered with Pratham under its Corporate Social Responsibility for a project called Sunehra Kal, that aims to provide opportunities for qualitative preschool and school readiness among children in the preschool age. The program is being run in Nanjangud Taluk of Mysore District and Chikkajala area of Bangalore District in Karnataka, South India.