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FIS Third Heritage Day Celebrates Indian Cuisine

FIS Third Heritage Day Celebrates Indian Cuisine

By Nish Bhan Houston: Nothing represents India’s diverse history and cultures better than its food. Indian cuisine is known throughout the globe for its variety, bold spices, and exciting flavors.  From delicious dosas in the South to Kashmiri yakhni in the North, no two parts of Indian cuisine are the same.  And, each cuisine in […]

Ekal Foundation’s Unprecedented $6.5 Million Magnificent Gala

Ekal Foundation’s Unprecedented $6.5 Million Magnificent Gala

By Prakash Waghmare On Saturday, December 5, “Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF)” hosted a magnificent Star-studded Gala, called ‘Future of India’. This Gala-2020 raised record-setting $6.5 Million in pledges & donations for the special projects. The highlight of this virtual event was not only the participation of a galaxy of outstanding personalities, but also, the way […]

Akshaya Patra Raises Covid Relief through A Grand Virtual ‘Gratitude’ Gala

Akshaya Patra Raises Covid Relief through A Grand Virtual ‘Gratitude’ Gala

New York: A grand finale virtual gala of 2020, the Gratitude Gala, was held this past Saturday evening. The Gratitude Gala was a huge success having over 10,000 attendees who viewed the event on Akshaya Patra’s webpage, Facebook, Youtube and TV Asia, and raised over $3 million. The funds raised will provide COVID relief to […]

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

By Bala J Balachandran Houston: The Tamil Nadu Foundation – Houston Chapter’s (TNF) Children’s Day Event was held virtually on November 15, 2020 to raising funds for adopted school children in Tiruvarur District.  More than fifty people have participated including the coordinators, donors and special guests.  The celebration started virtually at 2pm and went on […]

Sewa Receives “Love Takes Action” Award from New York Life

Sewa Receives “Love Takes Action” Award from New York Life

Houston: Sewa International announced today that it was awarded a $50,000 Love Takes Action Award from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will support the underserved community in Harris County, Texas, by providing food kits, distributing personal protective equipment (masks), hand sanitizers, and offering education and edutainment support to schoolchildren. The Love Takes Action […]

‘America’s Table’: A Broadcast about Thanksgiving 2020 on KPRC

‘America’s Table’: A Broadcast about Thanksgiving 2020 on KPRC

By Linda Lorrelle America’s Table Thanksgiving 2020. With all the chaos and heartbreak that defines this year, I’ll bet you this –America’s Tables will look and feel a lot different. In the midst of turkey and all the trimmings, there will likely be talk of COVID tests and Zoom meetings. Virtual school and mask wearing. […]

Raj Kumar Syal Endowment Fund at UH for Needy Engineering Students

Raj Kumar Syal Endowment Fund at UH for Needy Engineering Students

By Raghunath Prasad Houston: I met Raj Syal in the summer of 1964 when I was looking for an apartment. I noticed an apartment whose door was open and inside two Indian men were eating their lunch. So, I peeped in and asked if there was a vacant apartment in the complex. Syal sahib said […]

Leela Honored as “Woman of Substance”

Leela Honored as “Woman of Substance”

Houston: For almost six decades, The Mission of Yahweh has sheltered and provided food and many other services for homeless women and children. Their fourth annual Women of Substance Luncheon turned into a Virtual Presentation this year and much-needed funds raised from the event are nearing $400,000 to provide Mission initiatives to empower, enrich and […]

Throughout Life, Dr. Madan Luthra Focuses on Practicing Conscientious Karma

Throughout Life, Dr. Madan Luthra Focuses on Practicing Conscientious Karma

By Manu Shah Houston: In 2017, Dr. Madan Luthra retired from a long and successful career in Biomedical Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC), Houston, only to move to the frontlines of community service. He volunteers as a core lead in the Case Management division of the Family Services program of Sewa International, a […]

HC4A’s Harish Kotecha Receives National Award

HC4A’s Harish Kotecha Receives National Award

Austin: Founder and President of Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), Mr. Harish Kotecha, has been awarded the Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) for the 32nd Annual Conference. Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to honor people who have tirelessly worked […]

Arya Samaj Houston Reaches Out During the Pandemic for Covid Testing

Arya Samaj Houston Reaches Out During the Pandemic for Covid Testing

Houston: Covid-19 has thrown everyone into an uncertain phase and many have suffered a great deal. The pain is continuous in the form of health challenges, financial distress, isolation, and so on. But Arya Samaj Houston became proactive and walked an extra mile to deliver to the community It has been functioning online and indeed […]

Bhallas’ Act of Charitable Giving Sets Iconic Example for Others to Follow

Bhallas’ Act of Charitable Giving Sets Iconic Example for Others to Follow

Sugar Land: Theirs has been a long journey and life has been mostly kind to them as they pursued challenges and passed through its various stages. Along the way, they have met people – the nasty and the good – which helped shape their worldly view and perspective of human nature. And though they left […]

India House Hosts 2020 Gala — Virtually due to the Pandemic

India House Hosts 2020 Gala — Virtually due to the Pandemic

Houston: India House 17th Annual Gala was held virtually on, Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm. A very illustrious list of invitees joined the Gala which was hosted online. Few of these prominent invitees were- Padma Shree Awardee, Anup Jalota, Consul General of India, Aseem Mahajan, keynote speaker Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, […]

BAPS Charities Donates $25,000 in Support of Breast Cancer Victims

BAPS Charities Donates $25,000 in Support of Breast Cancer Victims

: BAPS Charities presented the Susan G. Komen Foundation with a donation of $25,000 to support victims and survivors of breast cancer.  The donation will be used to fund several ongoing initiatives, including the Komen Covid-19 Action Fund focused on those who are also suffering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With over 270,000 […]

Sewa Houston Volunteer Mans Phone Lines, Organizes Plasma Donations

Sewa Houston Volunteer Mans Phone Lines, Organizes Plasma Donations

By Lindsey Peyton Houston: Lately, the helplines created to assist Houstonians during the pandemic have been ringing nonstop. One number, created by the Houston chapter of the Hindu faith-based nonprofit Sewa International, provides disaster relief and family services for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality or background. And callers are lucky when volunteer Madan Luthra […]

She Can Fly — Give Her the Sky: Smile Foundation Launches US Chapter

She Can Fly — Give Her the Sky: Smile Foundation Launches US Chapter

Houston: With its commitment to work towards ‘Civic Driven Change’,  on Saturday, August 8, Smile Foundation, an India-based NGO hosted ‘Sing for Smile’ a virtual talk show and live concert with playback singer Amit Kumar to mark the launch of its US chapter. Sonu Sood, actor and philanthropist; Nawazuddin Siddiqui, actor; Arbaaz Khan, actor; Deepak […]

IITAGH Covid-19 Donation Goes to Sewa International

IITAGH Covid-19 Donation Goes to Sewa International

By Surupa Shaw Houston: The world is reeling from the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe dislocation of lifestyles, social isolation, job losses, social distancing and work from home have become the norm. We are all striving to adapt to the new reality. Those of us that can need to find ways to help people […]

Parents of Slain Santa Fe Exchange Student Start Foundation in Her Name

Parents of Slain Santa Fe Exchange Student Start Foundation in Her Name

Houston: More than two years after the Santa Fe High School shooting, the family of a Pakistani exchange student killed during the massacre is determined to keep her memory alive through a new foundation that will provide university scholarships to low-income Pakistani women. Abdul Aziz Sheikh and Farah Naz are hopeful this nonprofit initiative, the […]

Akshaya Patra Texas Cities Raise $950,000 with Tech for Change Gala

Akshaya Patra Texas Cities Raise $950,000 with Tech for Change Gala

By Ankita Narula AUSTIN: The Akshaya Patra Foundation held its Virtual Gala – Technology for Change on Saturday, July 25th, and raised $950,000 for feeding mid day meals to school children in India. The Texas gala was hosted by the cities of Austin, Dallas and Houston. Close to 1,000 businesses, non-profits, government officials, philanthropic leaders, […]

Drive-Through Food Distribution Performed at India House

Drive-Through Food Distribution Performed at India House

HOUSTON: True to their mission of serving the community, India House resumed their free food distribution program for needy families on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm. Worth a weeks supply of food items (Fresh produce and groceries) were distributed to approximately 175 needy families by a contactless drive-through distribution following […]

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