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Help Raise Funds for Maira

Help Raise Funds for Maira

HOUSTON: Maira Junaid turned 9 years old this November … but she has been sick since birth. This little girl has spent more time in hospitals than in school.  The doctors say she has a few months to live, unless she gets a double lung replacement. Maira needs to $650,000 for the transplant surgery. Maira […]

Disha Think Pink Launches in Houston

Disha Think Pink Launches in Houston

HOUSTON: December 18, marked the panache launch of an organization whose mission is to save South-Asian Women’s lives from Breast Cancer by empowering them to live proactively from a young age. Disha Think Pink is the first South Asian non-profit organization to spread the message of hope and increase public awareness, prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of those dealing […]

Akshaya Patra Tampa Bay to Build Kitchen in Gujarat

Akshaya Patra Tampa Bay to Build Kitchen in Gujarat

Tampa Bay community along with Philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel, Dr. Vijay Patel and Businessman Vijay Patel pledged to raise $3.1 million” TAMPA BAY: The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA’s Tampa Chapter raised $2.5 million to build a new kitchen in Mota Fofalia, Gujarat, at its annual benefit on Saturday, November 19.  Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest […]

Inspired by the IDCC, Teen Learns the Value of Community Service

Inspired by the IDCC, Teen Learns the  Value of Community Service

By Mallika Tripathy CLEAR LAKE: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer, theologian and medical-missionary As a senior at Clear Lake High School, I participate in debate, DECA, Red Cross, and many other clubs. I’ve grown up hearing about the importance of […]

ISKCON 50: Four Day Celebration is a Success

ISKCON 50: Four Day Celebration is a Success

HOUSTON: ISKCON 50, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York City in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [1896-1977], was celebrated in Houston over four consecutive days, beginning with a formal gala on Thursday, December 8 at the society’s state-of-the art neo-Vedic temple […]

Charity Clinic Remembers … and Renews Commitment with Optimism

Charity Clinic Remembers …  and Renews Commitment with Optimism

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: It began with vigor and enthusiasm to provide a brighter future for those who had nowhere to turn for immediate health needs, in a rented space in an office building off Tarneff and DeMoss on the southwest side, almost behind Fire Station 51 on Bellaire Boulevard. After giving it a lot […]

Holiday Cheer, Fashionistas Make a Statement for Pratham

Holiday Cheer, Fashionistas Make a Statement for Pratham

Click here for Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Its annual fashion shows have become as much of a draw as the good cheer and fundraising focus of the luncheon itself. This year was no different as the models strutted down the runway to the sound of pulsating music and showed off the elegant designs […]

CRY Walkathon: A Step forward for Children

CRY Walkathon: A Step forward for Children

SUGAR LAND: CRY(Child Rights & You) America Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works towards ensuring children their basic rights to live, learn, play and grow hosted the 13th CRY Walk across 16 cities this year.  CRY America supports organizations in India and the USA and has transformed the life of over 618,915 children across 3084 […]

Virtuosi of Performing Arts Raises Money for the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund

Virtuosi of Performing Arts Raises Money for the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: What a wonderful way to pay tribute to a lively and charismatic sophomore at Taylor High School who passed away on August 4, after fighting a hard battle with Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare bone cancer found mostly in children and young adults. Lilli Curry has left a lasting impact on her school since then.   Although […]

HAF’s Annual Fundraising Gala

HAF’s Annual Fundraising Gala

HOUSTON: The Hindu American Foundation returns to Houston on Sunday, November 13, for their annual Fundraising Gala Dinner, to be held at India House from 5:30-8:00pm. Join other HAF supporters to enjoy a gourmet dinner, laugh a little, and learn about HAF’s advocacy efforts and how you can get more involved. Speaking at the event will be Rishi […]

Yes, Feed Their Minds, … but not on a Hungry Stomach

Yes, Feed Their Minds, … but not on a Hungry Stomach

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: It’s a pretty simple notion, one that was implemented by the British in the Madras Corporation in 1925 and by the French in the Union Territory of Pondicherry in 1930: provide a mid-day meal to children in school so that they could better concentrate their minds on studying on a […]

Dance Drama, Singing Sensation for Nov. 4 Cancer Fundraiser

Dance Drama, Singing Sensation for Nov. 4 Cancer Fundraiser

STAFFORD: Virtuosi of Performing Arts promises to bring an extraordinary and unique event to the audience on Friday, November 4 at 8pm at the Old Stafford Center. “The first part of the show will be a unique dance drama, ‘Fisherman and his Soul’ based on a French story by Oscar Wilde”, explained VPA’s Executive Director Keka Kar. “The performers […]

Friends, Angels … and a Little Bear, Bring Charity Home

Friends, Angels … and a Little Bear, Bring Charity Home

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: All Nik Nikam had with him (apart from the mic that he loves so well!) as he strode on to the catwalk was a fluffy white teddy bear. And a penchant for adlibbing witticisms, which he has captured in a couple of books. “Our biggest addiction is texting while driving at […]

Nurturing Children through the Expeditions of Magic Bus

Nurturing Children through the Expeditions of Magic Bus

By Vanshika Vipin HOUSTON:  ‘Play’ is a powerful medium. Powerful enough to get across a message very effectively. The respected place for ‘play’ in children’s lives can weave magic. Magic Bus has precisely embarked on one such novel journey by using sports as a tool for development and social reconstruction among the underprivileged communities. Founded […]

Beauty with a Purpose Resonates at 2016 Bollywood Pageant USA

Beauty with a Purpose Resonates at 2016 Bollywood Pageant USA

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: A Bollywood star has good looks, talent in speaking, dancing and singing, and capable of being a fashion diva. All of these qualities were on display as Bollywood Shake hosted its 4th Annual Bollywood Pageant USA 2016 on Sept 4, 2016 at Hotel Sorella in City Center. Beauty with a Purpose […]

Ekal Vidyalaya’s Fund-Raising Success in 2016

Ekal Vidyalaya’s Fund-Raising Success in 2016

By Prakash Waghmare HOUSTON: As India is emerging as an economic power on the world stage, there is another contrarian reality by its side which is quite unsettling. Even in this technologically advance new millennium, there are tens of thousands rural-tribal areas in India, which are yet to be touched by the existential necessities and […]

IACF Funds 21 Charities Serving Local Houston Community

IACF Funds 21 Charities Serving Local Houston Community

  Click Here for Photo Collage   By Vanshika Vipin SUGAR LAND: For the past three decades the Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) has been receiving generous support from the philanthropic community in Houston, in the genres of Education, Family, General needy and Healthcare. IACF’s motto, ‘We live here We give here’, is being justified in […]

Sewa ASPIRE: Lego Drive

Sewa ASPIRE: Lego Drive

HOUSTON: Sewa International held a LEGO Drive at the Texas Robotics Invitational on Saturday, June 25, held at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School. Abhishek Routray, a mechanical engineering student at U.T. Austin and Sewa intern, set up a booth at the robotics competition to collect LEGO toys for the children Sewa works with. Routray […]

Ek Disha Foundation and Indo American Charity Foundation Combine Efforts to Aid Flood Victims

Ek Disha Foundation and Indo American Charity Foundation Combine Efforts to Aid Flood Victims

HOUSTON:  On Friday, May 5, two Houston based South Asian organizations, the Ek Disha Foundation and the Indo American Charity Foundation, combined fundraising efforts to present the Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM) with $5000 in HEB gift cards (two hundred $25 gift cards) to assist the flood victims in the 77084 zip code. The 77084, an […]

2016 Gala: Daya Goes Over the Rainbow

2016 Gala: Daya Goes Over the Rainbow

By Anand Ramaswamy HOUSTON: Consider yourself at home, consider yourself part of the family… Thus began the program celebrating Daya Houston’s 20th Anniversary of empowering South Asian women, their children and families to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and reclaim their lives. Beautifully sung by HSPVA’s Sara Trogdon, and accompanied on the […]