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IACF Steps Forward at Gala with $250K for the Harvey Relief Fund

IACF Steps Forward at Gala with $250K for the Harvey Relief Fund

Click here for Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: It was an almost surreal, deja-vu scenario that the Indo American Charity Foundation found itself in 7 weeks ago when Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast at Rockport and then dumped over 50 inches of rain on the five county Houston metropolitan area. Sixteen years earlier […]

Hanmi Bank Donates $10K to Sewa International for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hanmi Bank Donates $10K to Sewa International for Hurricane Harvey Relief

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: Hanmi Bank is one of the stalwart businesses that has risen up to support its community during times of crises. On Tuesday, October 3 evening, Hanmi Bank held a reception at its Gessner branch to present a check of $10,000 to Sewa International as a show of support for its volunteer […]

SIMA’s Humanitarian Efforts for Harvey Victims

SIMA’s Humanitarian Efforts for Harvey Victims

HOUSTON: Due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, many residents of Houston and surrounding areas suffered irreparable damages to their lives including losing their homes, vehicles, and belongings. Many of these displaced victims were forced to seek refuge at citywide facilities and locations temporarily set up as shelters, including the George R. Brown Convention Center […]

Houston Mayor Thanks Indo-Americans for Their Hurricane Harvey Relief

Houston Mayor Thanks Indo-Americans for Their Hurricane Harvey Relief

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: More than 150 members of the Indo-American community took a brief pause from their continual relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to remember those fellow Houstonians that were lost, and honor the courageous acts of ordinary people helping others, at a reception at the home of Amit and Arpita […]

True to its Mission, Sewa Team Continues to Serve Houstonians in the Aftermath of Harvey

True to its Mission, Sewa Team Continues to Serve Houstonians in the Aftermath of Harvey

HOUSTON: 1,250+ volunteers, 43,000+ hours of service (translating to efforts worth 1 Million dollars), clean-up of 400+ damaged houses, direct support to 800+ families – this quick statistics of the rebuild and rehabilitation work over last 2 weeks by Sewa, says it all. Hundreds of Sewa volunteers continue to be on field supporting some of […]

Seva Clinic Doctors Help the Cambodian Community Affected by Hurricane Harvey at Rosharon

Seva Clinic Doctors Help the Cambodian Community Affected by Hurricane Harvey at Rosharon

By Dr. P. Vaduganathan ROSHARON, TX: The Cambodian community arrived in 1980s to the area in Rosharon, TX south of Alvin and is a tight knit community and derives their livelihood by growing plants like water spinach and other greens. This community of about 300 families has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and most of […]

An Equal Opportunity Disaster Hurts Communities Far and Wide

An Equal Opportunity Disaster Hurts Communities Far and Wide

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: When Hurricane Harvey came onshore at Matagorda Bay and straight at Rockport, unleashing its Category 3 force winds on the area, it knocked down many structures and hovered there for a couple of days, but its fury didn’t really affect the Houston area. Two days later, we began to be pounded […]

Didi Maa Shares Her Philosophy of Caring for Women, the Young and Old

Didi Maa Shares Her Philosophy of Caring for Women, the Young and Old

SUGAR LAND: It was the experience of a lifetime for their elderly mother – known to all as biji – that brought the entire Jain family together. While she was still in Chandigarh, India, 88 year-old Swaran Kanta Jain had seen the charismatic and articulate Didi Maa on television and was transfixed by her words. […]

Arjun Rampal & CRY: Safeguarding Child Rights!

Arjun Rampal & CRY: Safeguarding Child Rights!

Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma SUGAR LAND: CRY (Child Rights & You) America, a non-profit organization, partners with grassroots level non-governmental organizations to uplift thousands of underprivileged Indian children denied of basic rights. CRY works across levels from direct action advocacy mobilizing public opinion to policy change. In the last two […]

Village School Elementary Readathon Raises $3,000 for Pratham

Village School Elementary Readathon Raises $3,000 for Pratham

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Once again this year, the students at the Village Elementary School participated in the Pratham Readathon Challenge during the Spring semester. Many kids from kindergarten through the fourth grade competed in their grade levels to raise money for the Indian NGO Pratham which helps to educate kids in poor areas of […]

Funding Sought for 3½-year-old Boy with Brain Cancer

Funding Sought for 3½-year-old Boy with Brain Cancer

HOUSTON: A family from Perundurai, Tamil Nadu, is seeking crowdfunding to save their 3½-year-old son, Merwin Bright Daniel, who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Merwin was diagnosed in February 2017. There is, however, no medical treatment that can cure this disease in India. After exhausting all options in India, the family […]

BAPS Charities Holds Walk Green 2017 in Sugar Land

BAPS Charities Holds Walk Green 2017 in Sugar Land

SUGAR LAND: Most of Sugar land residents woke up to cool breezy Sunday morning, but one 6 six-year-old had been planning for this day for the last 1 month. She had decided to raise funds for the BAPS Charities annual walk. For her birthday, this year she had told her family and friends that she […]

Go Go Go… Go Pagal… Holi Hai!

Go Go Go… Go Pagal… Holi Hai!

HOUSTON: Ever imagined what it would be like to be on set for a Bollywood Movie Holi Song shoot? It would be just like joining over 16,000 at HOUSTON HOLI 2017. The Festival of Colors exploded all afternoon with bursts of color powder, colored smoke grenades, bubbles, hazers and people of every color, “tere gaal […]

Glitz, Glam & Giving at the 22nd Pratham Houston’s Annual Gala

Glitz, Glam & Giving at the 22nd Pratham Houston’s Annual Gala

“Pratham’s unique, scalable and innovative model of eradicating illiteracy without brick and mortar schools can change the grassroots foundation of India’s children and her youth”. – Ash Shah “Education is the biggest game changer that can take a developing country out of the inevitable cycle of poverty, unemployment and child exploitation and our motto at […]

Daya 2017 Gala: Empowering South Asian Women

Daya 2017 Gala: Empowering South Asian Women

Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Domestic violence is wide spread, deeply ingrained and has serious impacts on women’s health and well-being. Realizing this, in 1996, seven friends established Daya Inc., a Houston based non-profit organization that empowers South Asian women and their families who are trying to break the cycle […]

7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22

7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22

HOUSTON: The Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) is proud to announce the 7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22, at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. The objective of the Youth Gala is to identify and recognize the future Hindu leaders, to encourage them to preserve and persevere its proud legacy, and to […]

India House Gala: An Evening of Hope & Heroism

India House Gala: An Evening of Hope & Heroism

Click here to view Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: J W Marriott was a place beaming with stars and VIPs on Saturday, March 25, as it was the chosen venue for the 14th Annual India House Gala. The grand and successful festal, graced by the presence of numerous dignitaries and prominent Houstonians overwhelmed […]

Pratham Houston Holds Annual Volunteers Meet

Pratham Houston Holds Annual Volunteers Meet

By Nirali Shah HOUSTON: This year’s Pratham Gala volunteer’s meeting hosted at the Madras Pavilion in Sugar Land was, per usual, a wonderful success. Volunteers from across the Houston area ranging in age, background, profession, and experience came together to be incorporated into the final details and logistics of the event. Darel D’Souza, the president […]

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

By Vidya Sridhar HOUSTON: Harvard University has accepted a proposal to set up a “Sangam Tamil Chair” in the Department of South Asian Studies with the focus being on Tamil Sangam Literature and all Tamil literature influenced by it. Tamil language has ancient literature dating back to around 300 B.C. Tamil is one of the […]

Krishnamurthy to Head Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust

Krishnamurthy to Head Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: With the start of the new year, local community activist and philanthropist Leela Krishnamurthy has been selected to head the Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust, a national non-profit in the US, which was established in 1988 to support the highly regarded charitable, not-for-profit Sankara Nethralaya, Ophthalmic Hospital, in Chennai, India. The […]

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