Archie Panjabi named Pratham USA Ambassador

Archie Panjabi

NEW YORK: Pratham USA has announced that Emmy-award winning actress Archie Panjabi will serve as an Ambassador to the organization, lending her voice and celebrity to its cause of educating India’s underprivileged children. Her first formal appearance as Pratham Ambassador will be as a host at the 2011 Pratham Gala in New York scheduled for October 5 at the Pierre Hotel.
Archie Panjabi currently stars as Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s critically acclaimed hit drama, The Good Wife. Her big screen credits include domestic and international hits Bend It Like Beckham, Yasmin, The Constant Gardner, A Good Year and A Mighty Heart.
As an Amabassador to Pratham, Archie will help create awareness in the United States and abroad about the 100 million undereducated youth in India today.
Born in the United Kingdom (Edgware, Middlesex, England), Panjabi spent a portion of her childhood in Mumbai (Bombay) India and considers herself “part Bombayite, part British”. With a great love of travel, she enjoys exploring new countries and cultures identifying causes and issues to which she can lend her support.
A graduate from Brunel University in England, with a degree in Management Studies, Archie had always wanted to become an actress. She currently resides in New York and London.
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 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.
India Post News Service

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