Sewa Local Events Recognized by the Mayor


Sewa International Volunteers receiving Jefferson Awards for sewa Local events.

HOUSTON: Sewa International Houston was conferred the prestigious 2013 Youth Service Challenge Medallion for outstanding community service by Jefferson Awards in a ceremony held at City Hall in Houston on August 13. Presented by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, this award recognizes Sewa’s monthly community service activities known as Sewa Local Events. From July 2012 Sewa International, Houston has been offering its volunteers a chance to impact in their community and bring forth positive change. These opportunities are known as Sewa Local Events and are aimed at addressing various concerns in our community: homelessness, refugee assistance, hunger, and improving the environment. Through Sewa Local Events, over 120 volunteers have committed their time serving various local organizations including the Houston Food Bank, Texas Children’s Hospital, Star of Hope Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and the Houston Zoo. Sewa Local Events is about experiencing the joy of serving others, and as such, Sewa strives to provide these opportunities for their volunteers every month.

Along with Sewa Local Events Sewa also operates additional full-fledged programs includingRefugee Empowerment, Family Services, and their internship opportunities. Through Refugee Empowerment, Sewa provides supplementary academic assistance to youth while also teaching vocational skills to refugee adults. Family Services is Sewa’s newest initiative wherein social support and a helping hand is provided to families during times of need. During the summer Sewa also offers internship opportunities for college students through its Get Inspired Houstonprogram. Additionally, Sewa operates Lead Houston wherein it connects high school students with professionals from various industries through an engaging speaker symposium. All of Sewa’s programs are volunteer-based, and to serve the widening needs of community, Sewa is always looking for individuals to assist with its efforts. To get involved, visit or contact us at or 281.909.SEWA.

In order to support our programs we would like to humbly invite you all for our annual fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, September 8. An award winning laserist Manick Sorcar and will entertain everyone with his mesmerizing laser documentary on life of Swami Vivekananda. This year we are celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the great itinerant philosopher-monk, and Manick Sorcar and Sewa joined hands to spread Swamiji’s message through this noble and novel event. To purchase tickets for this engaging Laser Light Show visit