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Indonesian Earthquake 2018

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit, and was followed by tsunami waves of up to 6m high. Join Hands with Sewa International in Rescue operations.

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Project Category: Disaster Relief and Rehab

Indonesia's twin disasters: a visual guide to the devastation
A 14-day state of emergency has been declared in Indonesia as the country reels from an earthquake and tsunami
Thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, including an entire housing estate home to 900 people.

Florence Floods

The three affected states have a large Indian-American population, some of whom would be facing their first major hurricane ever.

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Project Category: Disaster Relief and Rehab

Atlanta, GA (September 11, 2018) -- As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting more than one million residents in the coastal areas.
The Carolinas have not seen a category 3 hurricane in 22 years. The three affected states have a large Indian-American population, some of whom would be facing their first major hurricane ever. Sewa International's Director of Disaster Relief, Swadesh Katoch says that "Stores have already run out of essential supplies like water, bread, and bananas. Generators, storm radios, and sand bags are also difficult to find. Most gas stations in the coastal areas are running out of gas, and those who still have gas are jacking up the price."

Kerala Floods

Three days of torrential and relentless rains have caused unprecedented damage killing 324 people and destroying over 10,000 homes.

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This monsoon, rains lashed the southern state of Kerala in India. Three days of torrential and relentless rains have caused unprecedented damage killing 324 people and destroying over 10,000 homes. Also called "God's own country", the state of Kerala is now facing the worst floods since 1972, bringing 10 of its 14 districts under water. Over 60,000 people are lodged in various relief camps across the 14 districts.

Karnataka Floods

South-west monsoon wrecks havoc in six districts of Karnataka, India.Several districts of coastal and Malnad regions of the state have been facing the brunt of incessant rains in the last few days.

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South-west monsoon wrecks havoc in six districts of Karnataka, India. Several districts of coastal and Malnad regions of the state -- Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu, parts of Hassan and Uttara Kannada, have been facing the brunt of incessant rains in the last few days.
Army and Navy are carrying out rescue and relief operations on war-footing. Over 1,700 people have been relocated to 29 relief camps.
About 60 members of the national and state disaster relief forces and 45 members of the civil defence joined the rescue and relief operations with bats and equipment. About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers and 12 expert naval divers rescued 673 marooned people in Kodagu. Six people have died in landslides and heavy rains in Kodagu district.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting at least $125 billion (2017 USD) in damage.

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Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting at least $125 billion (2017 USD) in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Sewa International volunteers with support from Indian community is working to provide rescue and relief to the Harvey victims. Volunteers are out on the road with their trucks and boats to help people. Doctors are offering free medical consultation.

Sponsor a Child

Sponsor a child project serves children of low-income families through donating fees, uniforms, books, career guidance, and counseling.

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Sponsor a Child program is founded on a holistic philosophy to span education, health, physical and cultural development of the child. Since 2009, we have been providing education for children in grades 4-10 from underprivileged families in India. Beneficiaries are from low-income families with parents who are maid-servants, day laborers, janitors, taxi drivers, and roadside vendors. The project that started in Bangalore (Karnataka), and, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), is currently operating in tribal areas of Chamarajanagar, and, Uttara Kannada (in Karnataka), and also in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Since inception, we have served more than 3,400 children.

Bhutanese Empowerment

Sewa International has taken up a nationwide project to help these Bhutanese families.

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Since 2008, refugees from Bhutan were provided asylum by the US Government and settled in various parts of the US. Beyond learning to make a living in the US, Bhutanese now numbering nearly 80,000 have to adjust to the cold weather, uprooting of traditional familial and societal structures, cultural isolation, etiquettes, language, children’s education, family issues (marriage, birth, death, conflict resolution, etc.), women’s health, and an insurmountable aspect for the poor in the US - transportation. Sewa International has been working to settle the refugees down from California to New York, from Chicago to Houston and has reached 48,000 refugees through its service.

Though many of the refugees are educated and can speak English, many of them have remained unemployed. And because agency support and government aid are not available to them for an extended period of time, the assistance of Sewa International is quickly becoming a lifeline for many of these families. Current programs of Sewa to empower the Bhutanese immigrants include education and tuition services, leadership programs for the youth, women empowerment, job assistance and emergency distress assistance.

Hurricane IRMA

The “Monster” Hurricane Irma measuring 400 miles wide after wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean - killing at least 38 peoples.

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Sewa International’s, chapters in Tampa and Atlanta have swung into action. Under the leadership of Sewa International Atlanta chapter coordinator, Viswanath Koppaka, and Swadesh Katoch – Director of Disaster relief, volunteers from Atlanta chapters have reached out to over 20 Indo-American organizations including temples, professional, linguistic and religious organizations.Sewa has set up a Helpline 775-ATL-SEWA (775-285-7392) for anyone evacuating from Florida and looking for shelter. All hotels, campsites, public shelters, temples, and churches are overbooked. Sewa has also created an online form for those seeking shelter, and for host families volunteering to provide shelter in their homes. People seeking help an call the Sewa Atlanta Helpline: 775-ATL-SEWA (775-285-7392).

Yuva for Sewa

Yuva for Sewa is an unpaid summer internship and offers opportunity to young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity.

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Project Category: Volunteer development

Yuva for Sewa (YFS) is a program for youth (age: 18 to 30) from all over the world as well as for youth in India. YFS partners with local service organizations (or NGOs) to develop 10-week Sewa internship projects. These projects are based on the needs of NGOs that can be helped with by a volunteer from YFS. The volunteer is expected to focus on a single issue or target to be completed in phased manner within his/her internship period.

Since its inception in 2006, YFS has provided 73 youth with the opportunity to volunteer their time for different service projects, based on their interests and expertise. Projects are available in health care, education, environmental awareness, women's empowerment, rural development and micro-finance. Interns spend the duration of their internship working with NGOs in the community. They seek to serve and engage in a transformative experience that empowers them, as they strive to make an impact in their chosen field.

Days of Volunteering

Each Sewa Chapter conducts multiple Days of Volunteering to encourage community members participation to 'Aid local Communities' - a mission of Sewa.

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Project Category: Volunteer development

Each Sewa Chapter conducts multiple Days of Volunteering to encourage community members participation to 'Aid local Communities' - a mission of Sewa.

International Development

International development projects are conducted by Sewa International jointly with its sister organizations worldwide.

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Project Category: Development

International development projects are conducted by Sewa International jointly with its sister organizations worldwide. With the Sewa, the movement is in 20 countries the projects abroad are closely monitored for quality, relevance, and efficacy. International development covers a gamut of projects that Sewa has been involved in. Projects we undertake are multi-year and focus on education, child and tribal welfare, youth and women empowerment, vocational training, rural development, and the environment.

A number of projects are in India due to the strong connection of Sewa with the Asian-Indian community both in Donors and Volunteers.

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street, Framingham, Massachusetts
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    Sewa Boston: Nrityameva Jayatey 2018

    On Sunday, November 18, 2018,2:00pm - 8:00pm at Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street, Framingham, Massachusetts

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    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Orchard City Banquet Hall, Campbell, California
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    Sewa Bay Area is organizing its annual dinner on 12th May 2018 to recognize Sewa volunteers and community service leaders. We would like you to save the date to attend and join us in supporting Sewa International's community service efforts. This year, the event will include many of the industry executives from the Silicon Valley. As a well-respected community member and Sewa supporter, we look forward to your participation in the event. Please review the following program highlights for the annual dinner below.

    Your presence at our annual dinner will be invaluable and inspiring for Sewa volunteers to continue their work in the community. 

    Keynote Speaker: Mr. Raju Reddy, founder and former CEO of Sierra Atlantic

    Industry Panel Discussion: "How to Promote Volunteerism in a Corporation to Bring Positive Changes in Society". An interactive discussion with community service champions from corporate leaders who will share their insights during this panel discussion.

    Youth Panel Discussion: "Importance of Youth Participation in Community Service". Sewa summer interns from the "Lead" and "Get-Inspired" programs will share their experiences on this topic.

    Annual Sewa Update: Review the accomplishments of the local and international Sewa programs and projects.

Past events

14 Oct 2018 sewa-Atlanta meeting
13 Oct 2018 Sewa Bay Area: Dandiya 2018
30 Sep 2018 Sewa Houston - Help 2018
29 Sep 2018 Sewa Chicago - Annual Fundraising Garba
29 Sep 2018 Sewa Raleigh: Spike For Sewa 2018
28 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Fundraising 2018
27 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Tackling Immigration Crisis And Trauma
24 Sep 2018 Sewa San Diego: KATHAA - Weaving Stories through Indian Classical Dances
24 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Road Adoption 2017
23 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Adopt a Highway
16 Sep 2018 Sewa DC Ganesh Utsav 2018 for a Cause (One ticket per family)
15 Sep 2018 Yoga for Diabetes Workshop - Sep 2018
15 Sep 2018 Yoga for Diabetes Workshop
15 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Blood Donation Drive (Sept 2018)
15 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Spring Tennis Tournament 2018
14 Sep 2018 Sewa Houston: Stop Diabetes Movement Camp - Sep 2018
11 Sep 2018 Public Policy and Public Health
9 Sep 2018 Sewa Cleveland - Run for Sewa 2018
9 Sep 2018 Sewa Atlanta: 5K Run
8 Sep 2018 ENCHANTING KRISHNA - Sewa San Diego 2018 Fundraiser
8 Sep 2018 Sewa NY Metro: Sports4Sewa Cricket 2018
25 Aug 2018 Sewa Atlanta: Cricket 2018
16 Aug 2018 Sewa Washington DC: SDM Workshop - August 2018
11 Aug 2018 SEWA BAY AREA BIKE-A-THON 2018
5 Aug 2018 SEWA NORTH JERSEY: SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE
3 Aug 2018 SEWA CLEVELAND - YOGA WORKSHOP
28 Jul 2018 BHUTANESE HERITAGE CAMP , 2018
21 Jul 2018 Health Care Proxy & Living Will Workshop July 21st and 22nd
21 Jul 2018 Health Care Proxy & Living Will Workshop
23 Jun 2018 International Yoga Day 2018
16 Jun 2018 Sewa Cleveland: International Yoga Day 2018
10 Jun 2018 Sewa Chicago: Get Inspired Summer Internship
10 Jun 2018 SEWA ATLANTA: GET INSPIRED, SUMMER INTERNSHIP
12 May 2018 Sewa Bay Area: Stop Diabetes Yoga Workshop 2018
6 May 2018 Sewa Day 2018 Mental Health Awareness Walk
28 Apr 2018 Annual Sewa Conference
27 Apr 2018 Sewa North Jersy - Sewa Milan
20 Apr 2018 Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM)
12 Apr 2018 Stop Diabetic Movement(SDM) 2018
24 Mar 2018 Sewa Day
17 Mar 2018 Living Will Workshop
10 Nov 2017 Sewa Raleigh: Gaata Rahe Mera Dil
16 Sep 2017 Sewa Colorado: Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser
9 Sep 2017 Sewa NY Metro: Sports for Sewa Cricket 2017
3 Sep 2017 Sewa DC: Ganesh Utsav Fundraiser
26 Aug 2017 Sewa Raleigh: Spike For Sewa 2017
20 Aug 2017 Sewa Raleigh: Pancharatna Samarpanam
18 Aug 2017 Sewa Bay Area: Stop Diabetes Yoga Workshop
6 Aug 2017 Sewa North Jersey: Summer Blood Drive
1 Aug 2017 Sewa Bay Area: East Bay Lead Community Service Project
1 Aug 2017 Sewa Bay Area: South Bay Lead Community Service Project
30 Jul 2017 Sewa Bay Area: Lead Closing Ceremony
16 Jul 2017 Sewa Bay Area: Serve Community Service Project
11 May 2017 Mother's Day - Eatout for Sewa
26 Apr 2017 Dance for Sewa
9 Apr 2017 Sewa Bay Area 2017 Volunteer Orientation
9 Apr 2017 Sewa Bay Area 2017 Volunteer Orientaion
3 Mar 2017 Sewa Bay Area: Stop Diabetes Movement(SDM)
26 Sep 2016 Sewa RTP: Spike For Sewa 2016
24 Sep 2016 Sewa San Diego - Mahadev - Dances of Shiva
16 Sep 2016 Sewa Ny Metro: Sports4Sewa Cricket 2016
23 Jul 2016 Sewa Portland: Annual Fundraiser with Jazba
26 Jun 2016 Sewa Atlanta:International Day Of Yoga
19 Jun 2016 Sewa Portland: International day of Yoga
2 Apr 2016 Sewa Cleveland: History of Yoga - Film & Lecture (Internet Broadcast)
14 Nov 2015 Volunteer with 'Let's Share A Meal'
1 Nov 2015 Diwali Food/Clothes Drive
15 Oct 2015 Painting a Public School in Brooklyn
19 Sep 2015 Clean a Public Park
19 Sep 2015 Sewa Day
2 Aug 2015 Sewa San Antonio: Nritya Seva
6 Jul 2015 Decentralized Campaign for Nepal Relief
27 Jun 2015 Picnic at Lincoln Park
21 Jun 2015 International Yoga Day
9 Jun 2015 Sewa Portland: International day of Yoga
23 May 2015 Volunteer at Govinda Goshala
16 May 2015 Sapling Plantation in Central NJ
16 May 2015 Volunteer at Community Foodbank of NJ
11 Apr 2015 Volunteer at Community Foodbank of NJ
1 Feb 2015 Volunteer with Consulate General of India @ Lincoln Center
1 Jan 2015 Sports For Sewa : Badminton

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Pragati Prathishtan

Donation Goal:           $20,000

Donation Collected: $10,000


Swarup Kurella

Social Worker


Northeast India Education

Donation Goal:           $142,000

Donation Collected: $86,331


Sachin Kulkarni

Social Worker


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