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Sewa International
Sewa News August 2022
Dear Sewa Friends,
Sewa International has achieved many milestones in the last couple of years. To truly succeed, a non-profit needs to be financially stable, have a passionate volunteer base, and committed and strong leadership, among other things. Building a high-performing, successful nonprofit organization is never easy. Sustaining one is even harder. Read on...
Sandeep Khadkekar, Vice President
(Marketing & Fund Development)
Sewa Installs 32 Oxygen Plants in India’s Tribal and Rural Areas
A picture of an Oxygen (O2) Generation Plant installed in a rural hospital by Sewa International in India
Sewa International, as part of its Oxygen Plant (O2) Initiative, installed 32 oxygen plants in India. Sewa launched this project to help India fight the COVID-19 pandemic after the COVID second wave hit the country in early 2021.

The installation of oxygen generation plants across the country is a major step in Sewa International's efforts to focus on building resilience in the health care system in rural and tribal India.

Out of 32 plants installed, Sewa USA funded 18 plants, Sewa Canada funded eight, Sewa Australia four, and Sewa UK funded two plants. Lauding Sewa’s initiative, one of the beneficiaries from a hospital in Tamil Nadu said, "Sewa International is providing Prana Vayu (breath of life) to Covid patients". Read on...
Pakistan's Flood Victims Receive Help from Sewa's Partner Organizations
Sewa International partner organizations on the ground are distributing groceries and essential supplies kits to people in flood-affected regions of Pakistan.

Each kit contains 10kg of rice, wheat flour, sugar, cooking oil, pulses, tea, potato, salt, medicine, and hygiene supplies. Initially, Sewa is targeting to distribute these kits to 5000 families to help them get through for a month. Read on...
"Festival of Globe Hero Award Conferred on Arun Kankani"
Sewa's President Arun Kankani (standing, third from the right) is seen with Volunteers from the Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California and Sewa
The Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California honored Arun Kankani, President, Sewa International, on Sunday, August 21, with the "Festival of Globe Hero Award" recognizing Sewa International's work during the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, India, and worldwide.

Arun Kankani, receiving the prestigious award in Fremont, California, said "Many community members through Sewa International's platform served the community risking their own well-being during the pandemic. We were able to serve all without discrimination as we believe the world is one family". Read on...
Tribal and Rural Women Trained
Over 100 tribal women from Kaiyari, Rata Tadav, and Naredo villages have benefited from a training program in making products like agarbatti and dhupbatti (incense sticks), etc. Sewa International's SHE-CAF team has also initiated a program to train 150 tribal and rural women in embroidery, stitching, making pearl ornaments, and Bandhej wear in villages across Khavda and Lakhpat region in Kutch District, in the Indian state of Gujarat. Read on...
Doctors for Sewa invites Medical Students to Apply for the mentorship program
Sewa International’s “Doctors for Sewa” group has invited applications for its mentorship program from foreign medical students. This program helps qualified professionals to join the US Healthcare workforce through one-to-one discussions and workshops.

The program named EVOLVE (Explore Virtue of Obeisance towards Life by Volunteering and Educating) is a free program that is open to foreign medical graduates or current medical students preparing for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or US Residency Program. Interested candidates can submit their applications on the Sewa website -- before September 30, 2022 Read on...
SHE Project to Construct 98 Toilets in India As Schools Reopen After COVID
Sewa International has started constructing nearly 98 toilets in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Empowerment Project for the Girl Child (SHE) program as schools in India reopened in June after a long and intermittent gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supported by funds from the Sewa International Central New Jersey Chapter and a few individual donors from the North Jersey LEAD internship program, Sewa has started toilet construction or repair work in public schools across the Indian towns of Kanpur, Ayodhya, Gadag, and Sangli. Read on...
The ‘SHE’ Project -- Sanitation, Hygiene, and Empowerment -- focuses on building toilets in government and non-profit schools in India.
Transgender Community Members Get Training in Micro Entrepreneurship
SHE-CAF celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Independence on August 15 with the transgender community at Karisandra in South Bengaluru
Sewa International launched a microenterprise training program to help transgender people set up small businesses. Sewa launched this program on August 15, in an event organized to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day with the transgender community in Bengaluru, India.

Sewa is training 20 transgender individuals to set up garlic peeling facilities. It prepares them to use peeling machines, run the enterprise, and link them with grocery outlets and urban markets to supply peeled garlic cloves Read on...
First Batch of Yoga Students Graduate from Vivekanada Yoga University
Graduating Students from VaYU debut MS (Yoga) with Dr. H.R. Nagendra (third in the front row from right), Prof. N Sreenath, President (fourth in second row from right).
The first batch of 23 students specializing in Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, and Yoga Research graduated from the Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) in an event held on June 12, in Los Angeles, CA.

"Vivekananda Yoga University is the first institution outside India that focuses on yoga education and research. It has taken 25 years to realize the dream of graduating students from a Yoga University based in the US," Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chairman, VaYU, said while speaking at the gathering. He remembered two Los Angeles residents, Babulal Gandhi (Founding Trustee and Secretary, VaYU) and Bhikhubhai Patel Tarsadia, (Founding Trustee) for making VaYU a reality. Read on...
Fish Farmers Get Training in Animal Husbandry in Tripura
Sewa International distributed 300 piglets to 100 beneficiaries in Khowai and North Tripura districts in Tripura in Northeast India. Sewa is conducting an “Integrated Fish Farming Project” with support from the State Bank of India (SBI) Foundation in Tripura. Sewa also distributed 100 bags of pig feed to 100 beneficiaries, which can boost their incomes significantly. Integrated Fish Farming which combines fisheries and animal husbandry to help farmers increase their income is becoming increasingly popular in the state. Read on...
Sewa Collaborates with India's ONGC Foundation to Train Bhotia Tribal Women
Sewa International, in collaboration with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Foundation, initiated the “Training for Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development Project” for the Bhotiya Tribe in the state of Uttarakhand. The program provides skill training with modern tools to produce woollen items, especially carpets. A 30-day “Wool Craft Design and Development” training for 25 women from the Bhotiya community was completed recently. During that period, trainees learned to make new design carpets with innovative graphic designs and motifs. The next training will commence soon with a new batch of participants. Read on...
IIT-Delhi Volunteers Join Hands With Sewa to Fight Against Plastic Menace
Sewa International organized a cleanliness drive in Guptkashi in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Volunteers collected 40 large bags of plastic waste from schools, markets, and other public areas. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi volunteers joined in the cleanliness drive. Read on...
Over 650 Students Participate in the Second Sewa National Youth Convention
Over 650 high school and college students across the U.S. participated in Sewa International's National Youth Convention on Saturday, July 30, 2022. The convention's attendees included members of Sewa's LEAD (Leadership Development through Community Engagement), Youth Cohort, and Get Inspired (GI) internship programs.

In a four-hour virtual conference, students gave an overview of their work in LEAD and GI Programs. Four virtual halls and nine break-out sessions allowed students to choose the sessions and topics. The convention started with the singing of the American National Anthem. Sam Patel, CEO of Global Hotel Group, inaugurated the conference by lighting a lamp. In his talk, he spoke about how “Sewa Manobhav” (attitude of service) inspired individuals to serve people without expecting anything in return. Read on...
Volunteer Spotlight
Anita Rawat - Houston Chapter
Anita Ravat started her association with Sewa International in 2014 assisting her daughter set up the New Horizons Literacy program for Bhutanese Refugees. Since the Fall of 2015, she has played an active role as a Sewa volunteer leading fundraising activities including the Annual Fundraisers as well as the Sewa Dancing Stars for Sewa's Houston Chapter.

Anita also leads the Volunteer Management task for the Houston chapter, besides which she also frequently volunteers in Sewa’s pop-up vaccine clinics and food drives. Read on...
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