Houston, TX: Sewa International USA is launching a family services program to assist community members seeking immediate help and expert guidance in an emergency situation.
“As the community needs are multiplying with growing numbers, there is an urgent need to assist families from a Hindu perspective. Sewa is happy to offer family services to the community” said Prof. Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International.
“At the recently concluded national conference in Houston, Sewa board of directors and representatives from its various chapters decided to launch a pilot program to provide family services” he added.
He said Sewa volunteers had noticed an upward trend in families seeking external help to manage an emergency situation. The experience, cultural understanding and a caring hand were what Sewa would seek to provide through this program.
Because most members of the Hindu community in the USA were immigrants, they did not posses the knowledge and were not surrounded by experienced people to navigate the American system in a crisis.
“Emergencies leave families emotionally exhausted especially when people are away from their extended families. A lack of culturally compatible support system leads families to disastrous consequences” Prof. Sreenath remarked.
He said that Sewa would be working very closely with Boston-based Indian Circle for Caring to implement the project.
Congratulating Sewa chapters and volunteers for their dedication and efforts, Sewa International’s director Ramesh Bhutada said he would like to see Sewa become the premier Hindu faith-based charity in the USA in next five years.
Sewa honored three volunteers from Sewa Houston chapter for their exceptional contribution. They were Ankit Anand, Indira Saripally and Sameer Parakh, who received certificates and mementos from Prof. Sreenath.
Sewa Houston president Manju Gupta, vice president Vasudev Singh and chapter coordinator Suryansh Purwar helped organize the national conference.