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Sewa International Inc

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: Serve Humanity in Distress Aid local communities in the US Promote volunteerism Tag line: Together we serve better Principles: * Serving humanity is serving Divinity - Nar sewa Narayan sewa * Let all be happy and prosperous - Sarve bhavantu sukhinah * Earth is on family - Vasudaiva kutumbakam * Service is the highest form of Dharma - Sevahi Paramo Dharmah

Results: Sewa has invested more than $5 million in the last three years to serve: * 48,000 Bhutanese refugees become better citizens in the US * Rescued 687 people during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 greater Houston * Rescued, provided relief for 6,000 Nepalese during the 2015 Earthquake * Adopted 350 post-2015 Earthquake orphaned children in Nepal; * Enabled 3,700 children in India and Nepal to attend school by providing books, pencils, school uniforms, tuition, computers, better teachers, etc.

Target demographics: Humanity in distress and aid local communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48,000 people

Geographic areas served: US, India, Columbia, Guyana, Sri Lanka, and Kenya

Programs: Disaster relief and rehabilitation [Hurricane Harvey (2017), Irma (2017), Katrina (2006); Super storm Sandy (2013); Haiti Earthquake (2010); and Uttarakhand Himalayan disaster, India (2013);], Nepal Earthquake (2015); Tamil Nadu Flood Relief (2015-16); Education of needy urban, rural and tribal children, Women empowerment (vocational training, small scale entrepreneurship, in rural and tribal areas), Healthcare (Stop Diabetes via Yoga, health camps in urban and tribal settings), Refugee empowerment (in USA), and, Volunteer Capacity Building.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sewa International has amazing volunteers who make working for a great cause fun to do.For a charity of such a large scale, they have amazing transparency, clear local driven projects based on the needs and efficient execution.

Donor

Rating: 5

A true non-profit organization with very minimal overhead. Very committed to developing volunteerism among the people. I have not seen any organization works tirelessly to help the victims of natural calamity within the US or anywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Sewa International has amazing volunteers who make working for a great cause fun to do. For a charity of such a large scale, they have great transparency, local driven projects based on the needs.

Arun K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very proud to work with dedicated kindhearted selfless hardworking volunteers during hurricane Harvey....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sewa supports the needy in the US and international projects. As a grassroots organization, it is big on volunteering. Sewa volunteers are rebuilding the Rosharon Cambodian community an hour from Houston where Hurricane Harvey has sown destruction that is still being cleaned up after 6 months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Non-profit organization serving local community in a very effective way!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A true non-profit organization with very minimal overhead. Very committed to developing volunteerism among the people. I have not seen any organization works tirelessly to help the victims of natural calamity within the US or anywhere. One will understand if we read the project reports from various projects across the globe, helping people in need across race, religion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In just short period of time, I learned a lot of this organization and dedicated people serving this organization for needy people around the world. They are very organized and go beyond the level for service to communities. I am a proud volunteer of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Poverty is a result of many forces, not all of which are in the person's control. The poor deserve support and compassion. I found many like minded individuals at Sewa and so I decided to volunteer there. From volunteering for disaster relief to helping families with unexpected tragedy, to raising funds for the unfortunate, Sewa volunteers have been engaged with enthusiasm and altruism that is very inspiring to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started to volunteer with Sewa in May 2015, it helped me in my personal growth along with the understanding and experiencing the importance of volunteering and seeing the impact of the work that Sewa does in the society.
I came across lot and lot of selfless volunteers who let me experience and see the Sewa slogan came to light. " Together we can serve Better" and "Vasudhaive Kutumbkam" meaning the whole universe is my family.
The three mission statements of Sewa - (1) Help Humanity in Distress- (2) Aid Local Communities and (3) Promote volunteerism.
I am now working with the Sewa Finance Team and in true sense see how and why Sewa can and is keeping the G&A at a lowest level with the team of volunteers.
Proud to be a Sewa Karyakarta - Mission Oriented Staff

Vijay M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great team to work with and making a difference in local communities with serve program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization doing amazing work to help community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a part of the Girls Toilet Project has had to be one of the most involved project of which I've been a part. The basis for event meant to fundraise for the project was truly understanding the context and premise of it. When managing SEWA USA's fundraising booth at the 2016 International Day of Yoga event in Philadelphia, I needed to have a very thorough understanding of each of the main fundraising events, which included this one; having this scrupulous understanding is probably the reason this project garnered the most attention at the event. Later, during the Cricket for SEWA fundraiser (exclusively for the Hygiene Project), I found that this understanding came in handy, not only to educate the audience members, but also to remind myself of why we all worked hard to plan the event in the first place.
I found that, at both events, people were most willing to donate after I reminded them that they were very fortunate to not have to place their daughters' futures on the availability of restrooms; this reminder was effective not only on them, but on me as well. And I think that probably sums up how fulfilling and humbling this project was.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Connecting with Sewa International as a teenager shaped my personal development and my understanding of what sewa (selfless service) truly means. After volunteering at various Sewa International events in Atlanta, I was able to dedicate my summer through the Yuva for Sewa internship in India. After my Master’s I had the opportunity to take a gap year and serve through Sewa International in various areas of India, Sri Lanka, and United States. Experiencing the work of Sewa at the local and global scale has given me insight into the bigger picture of things. It has been inspirational to connect with so many volunteers with powerful skill sets which they utilize to serve the community. As I come into contact with more and more organizations, the uniqueness of Sewa International’s vision and mission become even more apparent to me. I’ve observed that, for the volunteers of Sewa International, selfless service doesn’t just happen on the weekends or at an event. “Sewa” is a mindset.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer and donor of Sewa International since 2007. I was looking to donate and raise funds for victims of the devastating floods that ravaged northern India, and this organization was a perfect match. The organization’s commitment to transparency and low overhead expenses, sheer diversity of projects, focus on organic and sustainable development through well-established partnerships; the ethics, character, humility and selflessness of the board of directors, the national executive, and program coordinators inspire and motivate me to continue to serve.

In San Diego, I was fortunate to participate in and lead a wide variety of activities such as raising funds for disaster relief and development projects in India, empowering local Bhutanese refugee families, organizing yoga & meditation workshops for health, conducting summer internships, and local community service such as beach and canyon cleanups and volunteering at food banks. At the national level, I streamlined procedures & workflows, introduced and administered new fundraising tools, deployed surveys and annual service programs, and social media marketing. I had the unique opportunity to plan and execute “Sewa Day” - a worldwide service event bringing together 100s of volunteers every year at cities and towns across the USA to make an impact in their local communities.

The annual national conferences are invigorating, and there is a genuinely warm atmosphere and sense of belonging to one large family. Since co-founding and leading the San Diego chapter and then serving as National Director of Special Projects, it has been a wonderful spiritual journey that has taught me a range of valuable life lessons and skills including interpersonal, communication, technical, marketing, management and leadership.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2012 when I was first introduced to SEWA International by a close friend and a dedicated Karyakarta, the first thing I did is looked at SEWA’S website. I was deeply inspired by what I learned from there. The most striking impact I felt when I saw the work being done around empowering Bhutanese refugees in US. I had some prior knowledge of this unthinkable human crisis but was not aware of the resettlement efforts. Any time you hear these types of crisis around the world you think that’s how it works and there is nothing you can do about it. This certainly is not true; organizations like SEWA International make the difference. I realized the great opportunity to get involved and be part of an organization whose primary mission is to serve humanity in distress.
I visited Bhutanese community in Western Massachusetts; met with several families and youths who were certainly not refugees by their heart and mind. I could see the hope in each one of the youth’s to become a leader and make a difference in their community and beyond. All they needed some directions and guidance to understand the new environment they were living in and setting up goals for themselves.
It was a learning experience from me as well. I learned, even after being in odd and challenging situations one could still think big and strive for it. That made my commitment to serve even stronger. I thought it was a “win-win” situation. It was like experiencing real world through hands-on work.
The other thing I learned from this experience is that people are not powerless. Sometime in life one might face a challenging situation but with a right kind of support you can re-empower them and bring them back on track. I have been involved with this community few years now and it gives me immense pleasure to see lots of youths in the community are now in good colleges and have a deep desire to work for their own fellow refugee families.
Then in 2013 came the Uttarakhand flood which claimed more than 10,000 lives, millions lost their possession and were forced to live in distressed conditions. This was very personal to me. I grew up in a small village in Uttarakhand and I know how difficult life can be in that part of the world particularly in remote villages. Now adding this unthinkable disaster to the already difficult life, one can only imagine how atrocious life could be. Sewa volunteers did an amazing work, on the ground helping those who needed immediate support and raising funds to support relief, rescue and rehabilitation. This is another such moment which made my bonds stronger with SEWA.
Through SEWA I have learned how empowering it is to realize that each one of us brings something unique to the table and how beautiful it is to share that with others in the hopes of them discovering themselves. SEWA has made a big impact in shaping me the way I am today. I look at the world with a different angle now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sewa International is a ground roots level organization. Every project they take in, they make the project self sustaining! Amazing team of volunteers! and they build great leaders in the volunteers they make.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A organization helps all without any discrimination based on cast Creed religion or political beliefs. Keep up the good work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know from my friend regarding the awesome work which Sewa International does for the underserv community. I donated for Nepal earthquake last year and have been getting regular updates on the rehabilitation progress till date.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sewa International's volunteers are dedicated and committed to serve the under served communities, promote volunteerism in the society and building bridges between communities.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have amazing experience with this organization. Each volunteer is so cooperative and humble it's treat to work with them and this organization.