Sewa International, Chicago chapter hosted Rishte Nate - a spectacular musical show on Nov 4 at Swaminarayan Mandir, IL. The program was organized to raise funds for the victims of the recent disaster - Harvey, IRMA and Maria, and, Sponsor a Child - a program that sponsors the education of underprivileged chldren in India and Nepal.
Award winning participants from the musical school Swara Sadhana, and five dance schools Swaralaya, Utkalaa, Dancing Petals, Indian Dance School, and Nartan gave a spell bound performance leaving the audience mesmerized.
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On 24th September , Sewa USA Milwaukee Chapter volunteers, also known as Milwaukee Diyas organised "Adopt-A-Highway" community service event to clean litter along Wisconsin Highway 190 also called as Capitol Drive.
13 middle school youth volunteers & 3 adults volunteered to clean this stretch in 2 hours on a Sunday morning in scorching heat.
A feedback session followed the activity and all youth gave amazing reasons and responses to why they wanted to do community service. Some responses :
1. "It feels good that's why I do community service"
2. "It's the right thing to do , hence I do community service"
3. "I need community ser ice hours for school hence I do it and also it's a nice thing to do"
4. "If I were home, my mom would have made me study , so instead I volunteered to do community service and hang with my age friends"
5."I don't know"
6." I just like to do community service and hence I did it"
7. " My mom told me to do it hence I did it"
Everyone had a snack and showed interest in doing more such community service activities.
Sewa means doing service without any expectations . Join us by liking our page and telling your friends. More events planned for the community we live in.
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Sewa Cleveland organized "Yoga as Medicine" - a workshop for yoga trainers, physicians, and other medical professionals seeking to be well-informed about yoga therapy as a safe, non-invasive alternative for health improvement.
After the workshop, participants were able to understand potential use of yoga as therapy and to consider further education and application in healthcare practice.
Sewa volunteers Drs., Rupesh Raina, Preeti Gandhi, and Reema Gulati organized the event at Metro General Hospital - a leading inner city hospital in Cleveland. Participants received 3.5 Continuing Medical Education credits (CME) - thanks to the efforts of Drs. Raina and Gulati.
The workshop was well attended by 80 enthusiastic participants including 65 physicians. The indomitable Sewa Cleveland Operations team of Viji Vijay, Anil Kumar Singh and Padma Jambunath under the able leadership of Dr. Hira Fotedar executed the conference logistics and marketing making event of Saturday, Aug 5.
Sewa International USA conducted a family workshop on College readiness for
current high school students and their parents on March 5, 2016 at Radha Madhav
Society Duluth, GA. This event was offered free as a service to the community. This
workshop was the part of series of workshops planned under the family services
project of Sewa International in Atlanta and other cities in the US.
Here is the video clips of sewausa volunteers working with the kids on 01/31/2017. Public relations manager Kathy Stagmer also visited and volunteered to help kids with their maths.
Many sewausa volunteers visited SOS and worked with kids on their homework. Here are few clips from the homework session.
Sewa International’s Boston chapter conducted its annual fundraiser at the Littleton High School by way of a maiden dance competition on November 13, 2016. With over 700 attendees, 17 participating dance schools and 40 competitive entries, the 2016 fundraiser was a grand success. A total of $33,500 raised will be used in 2017 for Sewa International’s community service projects.
This dance for Sewa program was organized to promote volunteerism and create an awakening among the masses of people to serve those in need. When the event was initially envisioned, there was a search for a name that truly reflected the ideology of Sewa International. Since this was a dance competition and all the participants were competing with the real goal of raising funds for the needy, Sewa volunteers felt that the real winner was the art of dance. So we decided to name it “Nrityameva Jayatey” said Shiva Ramakrishnan, a volunteer of Sewa International. The event received overwhelming support from the community. The message of Sewa International’s all-year programs and good-cause has started to resonate with the community to the extent that many attendees and participants cancelled other commitments to commit to Sewa’s cause and attended the event.
The program began with a melodious rendition of the invocation mantra. Sewa's youth volunteers Mehul Shrivastava and Devansh Apte welcomed the chief guest Shri Anil Shah, the audience, participating dance schools and the Judges. Shri Anil Shah, Founder and CEO of MRCC Software, spoke about the importance of community service and thanked Sewa volunteers for their efforts to serve the underprivileged. He encouraged the audience to contribute more of their time and resources for community service. The dance competition which was organized based on dancer’s age group and dance forms (Classical, Folk and Bollywood) was then kicked off with the 6-9 year’s age group going first. Group exhibit performances by Kolam Dance Academy and Nidhi Tabla group, dance performances by Devanjali Senthil Garg, Sreeja Puthumana, and Varshini Arumugham invited roaring applause from the audience. Shri Girish Mehta, founder of ICC and member of the national advisory board of Sewa International, distributed prizes to winners of the 6-9 year’s age group. Dancers in the 10-13 year’s age group then mesmerized the audience with their performances. . The emcee for this part of the program was Ms. Shalini Kashayap. Shri Hemal Rathode, founder of Amrit Sabha – an adult day care center in Northborough and advisor in the Sewa Boston team, while distributing the prizes to the winners of this group talked about how children in that age can make a difference in the community by their activism. Shri Preetesh Shrivastava and Ms. Yogita Miharia, emcees during the final segment of the program, enthralled the audience with their wit, humor and a strong message to get involved with Sewa. On the significance of volunteerism, Shri Preetesh explained how Sewa volunteers symbolize divine’s hands through which the divinity takes care of the needy. The competitions ended with high octane dance performances by the participants in the adult age group. This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony for above 13 years category which was presided by Dr. Java Joshi, founder of the Academy of Creative Arts. While awarding prizes to the winners, Dr. Joshi encouraged them to actively participate in the community service projects.
Sewa volunteer Dr. Sarva Kurella and Yoga Shikshika of Sewa Mrs. Samita Apte gave a presentation on various projects of Sewa such as Feeding the Hungry, Refugee Empowerment, Sponsor A Child, Arogya Mitra, Family services, and Namami Gange. Along with the dance competition, Sewa also hosted Rangoli and Henna competitions and several people participated in them.
If women’s empowerment had another name, Nrityameva Jayatey would fit the bill rightfully! The panel of 13 judges and 6 advisers included 18 women. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Sewa volunteer Dr. Pramod Pandey who expressed gratitude to every attendee and participant in Nrityameva Jayatey for supporting Sewa’s cause, for without them, Sewa could not have achieved its goal for this fundraiser. Dr. Pandey also mentioned that Sewa Boston will fondly look forward to greeting each one of them in future events and invited them to become active members of the Sewa Boston team.
Pictures of the event are available at: https://photos.google.com
Sewa International is a 501(c)(3) Hindu faith-based nonprofit charity organization. Sewa International in the USA has 38 chapters in 22 states.Sewa is a word in Sanskrit language and translates to service above self - essentially Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International in the USA (started in 2003) is inspired by the international Sewa movement that began in India in 1989. Internationally, the Sewa movement is active in 21 countries
DEEP PRAJWALAN BY CHIEF GUEST MR & MRS REDDY Seen with Dy Consul Mr D V Singh, Mr. Pratap Singh- Sewa
On November 11, 2016, the Atlanta chapter of SEWA USA held its annual fundraising gala banquet at Tadka Banquet Hall in Alpharetta. The event was attended by about 300 guests. Mr. and Mrs. T R Reddy, founder and owner of Powerline Inc. of Augusta, graced the event as its chief guests. Honorable D.V. Singh Deputy Consul of Consulate of India. Atlanta along with many other dignitaries of Atlanta attended the event.
Presidential award for Volunteerism to Youths
The celebrations started with welcome note by Vikas Arora, Atlanta Chapter coordinator and followed by Deep Prajwalan along with our esteemed guests. After an auspicious start to the proceedings, the chief guests shared a few pearls of wisdom about their personal motivations for supporting Sewa and the stellar service it performs. Mr. Pratap Singh Chauhan, President of Sewa Atlanta Chapter, shared his intention of educating 10,000 children by 2020, a very admirable goal which was met with tremendous applause. The importance of imbibing SEWA bhavana was shared by Mr. Reddy and it struck a chord with everyone in the audience. Honorable D.V. Singh shared with the listeners, his association with numerous events SEWA Atlanta has been conducting ever since he started working with the Indian Consulate in Atlanta.
Sewa Humanitarian of Year Award Presented to Mrs. Sarita & Mr Ankur Rana of Knowledge Momentum
Deepa Luthra and Sai Santosh emceed the event with effervescent wit. After the chief guests shared their words of wisdom, the emcees introduced SEWA interns from SEWA Get Inspired, and SEWA Run events who won the President’s Award for exemplary contribution to society. They were honored with certificates presented to them by Mr. and Mrs. T R Reddy. After recognizing the interns’ excellent contribution towards SEWA’s activities, Vivek Srivastav was invited to give a presentation on his work for the Bhutanese Empowerment Program. He enthralled the audience with facts and figures on the impressive inroads SEWA has made in the Bhutanese community towards education, health, family services etc.
Sewa Volunteer Vivek Srivastva- Presenting Sewa's accomplishments in 2016
SEWA has always been committed to promote excellence in education amongst the Bhutanese community. Towards this goal, two Bhutanese students, Umesh Mongor and Padam Koirala were presented with scholarships for achieving excellent GPA’s in high school.
Sewa Scholarship to Bhutanese high school Students for Graduating with excellent GPAs
SEWA has recently increased its focus on Family Services for providing a support to victims of domestic abuse. Mr. Yogesh Thapliyal gave an engrossing presentation on the progress SEWA has made in the past year in this area. Another significant program run by SEWA is the Sponsor A Child program where SEWA, with its own network, and with the help of other co-operating institutions helps donors sponsor education, lodging, school and axillary expenses of under privileged children. Sarita Rana and Mayuri Singh delivered an informative presentation on the success SEWA has had in this area in the past year. The conclusion of the presentation was chosen as the appropriate time to honor Ankur Rana and Sarita Rana’s initiative, Knowledge Momentum Inc. Through their organization, Mr. and Mrs. Rana have sponsored the education of 73 girls. Mr. and Mrs. Ankur Rana were presented with Sewa Humanitarian of the Year Award by Atlanta’s philanthropist Dhiru Shah. Anil Dhamani’s contribution towards sponsoring 100 children for 2017 was recognized and applauded greatly by the audience.
Sewa Volunteer Yogesh Thapliya- Presenation on Family Services
One of the recent SEWA initiatives has been working with grassroots level small and mid-range farmers. Milind Thakre gave an engaging presentation on the progress SEWA has made on that front. This was the last presentation of the evening. Dr. Prasad Garimala, an oncologist and avid supporter of Sewa, gave vote of thanks to all the dignitaries attending the event, and thanked the audience for their contributions towards SEWA’s efforts.
After Dr. Garimala’s wonderful vote of thanks, the audience was entertained by artistic Indian and Western dances by four different troupes. Dinner was served during the dance performances, and the audience enjoyed scrumptious food while enjoying the tremendous display put on by artists. The dances concluded by 10:00 pm and the floor was thrown open for everyone to enjoy.
Lambert High School Dance Group Lush
The gala dinner was a massive success, far exceeding the expectations of the SEWA volunteers who had worked for many days before the event to ensure its success. SEWA succeeded in raising $78,000. This was largely possible due to generous donations from our sponsors, great and small who showed their big heart. SEWA Atlanta team is excited to continue spreading happiness around the world.
Photography by Viral Kothari
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