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Sewa International

Sewa International
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November 15, 2014

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Service - Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. Their vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering.

Sewa International banner


They aspire to do Sewa with Tana (Giving our time physically), Mana (Giving our time mentally), and Dhana (Giving our wealth through donation for positive Sewa Projects). They promote selfless service through chapters in cities and towns across the United States.

On November 15, 2014 a sold-out crowd attended an event in Cleveland to learn more about Sewa International, recognize super volunteers and to support the cause - specifically the Family Services project.

After a social hour, Hira Fotedar told of the mission of Sewa International and introduced the MCs for the evening - Jayanthi Ramanan and Sravanthi.

Hira Fotedar

Hira Fotedar



The Chief Guest Shokat Fatteh, M.D, and Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International USA lit the lamp to begin the event.

Hindu candles

Lighting the Lamp


This was followed by a prayer.

Singing a Hindu prayer



After dinner, Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International USA, explained the basic philosophy of Sewa International and told how Sewa volunteers "serve without any discrimination."

Sree Sreenath, the president of Sewa International USA

Sree Sreenath



Sree Sreenath continued, telling where and how Sewa International has served the community and world.

Sewa International slide



Then Dr. Sreenath explained their work in Northeast Ohio and emphasized the importance of families. He spoke about the new project that will focus on Family Services.

Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International USA



Shokat Fatteh, M.D, Chancellor of Avalon University School of Medicine was the Chief Guest at the 2104 Sewa International event in Cleveland.

Shokat Fatteh, M.D,

Shokat Fatteh, M.D.



Shokat Fatteh, M.D,


Jayanthi and Sravanthi presented the Chief Guest's wife with flowers.

Chief Guest's wife


Before the awards, Hira Fotedar sang a Hindi prayer that reflects the lives of service of the honorees.



Lakshminarayanan (Ambi) and Latha Venkatraman received the 2014 Sewa International Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

Lakshminarayanan (Ambi) and Latha Venkatraman receive award

Latha and Lakshminarayanan (Ambi)Venkatraman receive award



Lakshminarayanan (Ambi) and Latha Venkatraman

Latha and Lakshminarayanan (Ambi)Venkatraman

Ramesh Shah and his wife Dr. Jaya Shah received the Sewa International Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism.

Ramesh and Jaya Shah receive award

Ramesh and Jaya Shah receive award



Ramesh and Jaya Shah

Ramesh and Jaya Shah

Mona Alag received the Sewa International Person of the Year Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism.

Mona Alag receives award

Mona Alag receives award



Mona Alag speech

Mona Alag


Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan received the 2014 Sewa International Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism.

Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan received the 2014 Sewa International Award

Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan receive award



Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan received the 2014 Sewa International Award

Ram and Jayanthi Ramanan

After the awards, Jayanthi Ramanan introduced a woman who was helped by Sewa International with a wheelchair accessible van so she can go to work.

Recipient of Sewa charity



The evening continued with musical performances, raffles and fun. Enjoy these other images from the Sewa International event.

Musicians

Musicians




Chief Guest Shokat Fatteh, M.D, and Mrs Fatteh

Chief Guest Shokat Fatteh, M.D, and Mrs Fatteh


Mona and Harjit Alag

Mona and Harjit Alag


Ramesh and Jaya Shah with Gita Didwani and Mohan Bafna

Ramesh and Jaya Shah with
Gita Gidwani and Mohan Bafna


MCs Jayanthi and Sravanthi

MCs Jayanthi and Sravanthi


Dr. Bhupinder Sawhney and Sudarshan Sathe

Dr. Bhupinder Sawhney and Sudarshan Sathe



During one song, the singer noticed a little girl dancing and scooped her up to the stage.

Singer on Sewa stage



Singer with little girl


Dr. Sree Sreenath

Dr. Sree Sreenath


Sravanthi

Sravanthi


Jayanthi Ramanan

Jayanthi Ramanan


Helen and Bimla Malhotra, Mona Alag and Dr Shanta and Surinder Kampani

Helen and Bimla Malhotra, Mona Alag
and Dr Shanta and Surinder Kampani


Flowers for the Chief Guest's wife

Flowers for the Chief Guest's wife


Performer at Sewa International

Entertainment


Performer at Sewa International


Performer at Sewa International


Learn more about the great work of Sewa International USA.


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