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Successful Annual Fundraiser - HELP 2016

Media Coverage of HELP 2016

Voice of Asia Online

India Herald

Indi-American News 

                                                           Sewa International USALogo-Sewa

                                    Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Organization (EID: 20-0638718)

P O Box 820867, Houston, TX 77282-0867




                                                                     H.E.L.P 2016

Sewa International’s Annual Fundraiser H.E.L.P 2016 was attended by more than 500 people that included performers and volunteers. The event was a gathering of people of diverse backgrounds with the common thread being their commitment to Service or Sewa .It was a beautiful event with inspiring speeches, scintillating performances and mouth watering spread catered by Bhojan.  Among the distinguished guests of the evening was the chief guest and keynote speaker of the evening Superintendent H.D. Chambers, who spoke passionately about the work Sewa International does to serve the refugee and immigrant students of Alief  ISD. He said “the challenges my school district faces with students speaking more than 91 languages are many ” he also emphasized how “without the help of non profits like Sewa Houston it would not be possible for school districts to educate these students.” His comments underscored the importance of the work Sewa does through School districts and its independent programs like ASPIRE tutorials. Sewa President Sarojini Gupta drew loud applause as she shared with the audience the numerous strides Sewa has made in the past year. Mrs Gupta told the audience“ This past year has been a year of progress and growing partnerships”. She added that “Sewa served over 75 kids through the entire school year, took 2 field trips with the support of Brays Oaks Management District and tutored over 200 kids in Alief ISD summer schools.We also  served over 70 pre diabetic and diabetic people through our SDM yoga camps.” Also present at the event were various beneficiaries of Sewa programs and speakers like  SDM participant Dr.Satyanarayan Chilukuri, Bhutanese Refugee youth Sudarshan Luitel and imminent scientist Dr.Sen Pathak. The evening’s highlight however was the speech given by Sadhvi Ritambhara Ji, who enthralled and moved the audience and stressed upon the importance of  service and the long standing virtue of donating with tan man and dhan,she reiterated that Sewa does exactly that, serving humanity without any prejudice of cast, color or religion. With the support of its speakers, well wishers, the emcee of the evening Dr. Ratna Kumar, Sewa was able to raise $168K against its target of $150K. Overall, the evening was a great success with live dance performances, Saraswati Vandana  performed by Neha Pendse and troupe from Aradhana school of dance, chinese dance by J.H school of dance and Flamenco performance by Flamenco Houston. On behalf of our entire team Chapter Coordinator Kaushik Chatterjee and Project Coordinator Kavita Tewary would like to thank all Sewa Volunteers and  donors who came out and made this fundraiser a big success.