Join Neeti in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Austin)


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What is the Readathon?
Pratham USA Readathon 2015 is a fundraising initiative that encourages kids in the U.S. to read more books and raise money to help less fortunate kids in India learn to read.
How does it work?
Kids ask their friends and family to donate money to Pratham for every book they read. The more books they read, the more money they raise. Learn more here.
Where does my money go?
All donations to the Readathon go to support Pratham’s work for child education in India. With the help of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, Pratham runs pre-schools and after-school programs in many cities and villages of India so that underprivileged children can read, write and count at their appropriate grade level. Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year.Pratham receives 97% of the money you donate here. 2.9% + 30 cents is charged by the credit card processing company. We thank SeeYourImpact for providing Pratham with its Storytelling Donation platform free of cost.
Who can participate?
Kids of any age can participate (adults too!). Children too young to read can have a parent or older siblings read to them.
Why participate?
Reading is good for everyone. Reading to help others learn to read is Great!Participating in this Readathon is an amazing way to do community service, and enjoy the benefits of reading at the same time – increased vocabulary, improved communication skills and the joy of helping others.
Are there prizes?
Yes! Trophies will be given to readers who raise $250 or more. A Young Reader Award for the reader who raises the most money and a Young Leader Award for the Readathon Coordinator who demonstrates strong leadership skills and whose team raises a significant amount of money. Certificates of Appreciation for all readers. More information is available here.
What is a Readathon Coordinator?
A Readathon Coordinator (RC) is a high school student who will lead a team of younger readers and guide, support, and cheer them on in meeting their reading and fundraising goals for the Readathon. A RC will learn good management and leadership skills, and can also enjoy all the benefits of being a reader. For more information, click here.
How do I know if my donation makes a difference?
With every $1,000 raised, Pratham is able to educate 40 children for one whole year. Readers and donors can read some stories of children who attend Pratham schools by clicking here

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Every book I read helps educate a child in India

Dear Friends,

Hello! My name is Neeti Swami and this is my 4th year participating in the Pratham readathon. I love to read, draw, dance, and learning how to do new things! Reading, writing, math, and science are all methods that shape the world we live in which is why being educated about them is so important for not only practical skills, but also finding a way to express ourselves and utilize our abilities. By going to school, we’re given the opportunity to discover more both externally and internally and everyone deserves to have this privilege!

The readathon is an excellent way of helping others in a fun way and improving yourself as a person. Reading stretches your horizons and gives us a wider view of the world. This year I plan to read at least 20 books and I hope that you will donate to Pratham!
Thank you so much and please feel free to recommend any good books that you have in mind!

Neeti Swami

Currently reading:
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Recent and Current books.... (sent August 18)

One of my recent books just finished today is:
Cod: A Biography of a Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky.

At first glance it may sound like a seemingly simple book but has more to it than meets the eye. this novel contains over 270 pages on how Cod has shaped the world in the past, present, and future and I would greatly recommend it to any fishing enthusiast or fish cooking enthusiast! Even still, while I don’t fall under either of those categories, it was still a great read. The writing quality is very high level and the presentation is conducted efficiently without losing reader interest. You’ll be surprised to see how Cod has played roles across the world in the past thousand years- from being the Economic turning point of Iceland to acting as the staple food in multiple communities, Cod has brought about some surprising events!

Currently reading: Salt: A World History (470 pgs)

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Pratham USA - Every Child In School and Learning Well

Pratham is the largest not-for-profit organization providing quality education to underprivileged children in India. Pratham uses very low-cost and scalable methods and works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to educate millions of children every year. Pratham’s mission is “Every Child in School and Learning Well.”

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 to help Pratham continue and expand its work for child literacy and education. For more information, visit

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