For his 10th birthday, Om Tandon wanted to give ten kids his age the gift of reading. With just a few clicks, he linked his birthday invitation to the Pratham donation site. Before he knew it, with the help of his family and friends, he had raised $1,100—seven times his goal—allowing him to give more than 70 children the gift of reading and math.
The idea to raise money had come to him last December when he visited Pratham programs in Mumbai: a Balwadi preschool class, a reading program at an urban learning center, and a Pratham-supported primary school. Om saw firsthand that not all kids were fortunate enough to attend schools like his back in California. He made a promise to help Pratham, just like his parents, Radhika and Jaideep.
At his birthday party, his friends were eager to pose for pictures celebrating the donation of their presents to Pratham. Their parents learned about the immense good Pratham does for millions of children. Om felt lucky to be celebrating his birthday both with them and with Pratham.