SEWA INTERNATIONAL INC

Together We Serve Better

aka Sewa International   |   Houston, TX   |  www.sewausa.org

Mission

Our mission is three fold

Serve humanity in distress.
Aid local communities and causes.
Promote volunteerism.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please visit this page for a list of awards / proclamations / recognitions received by our organization: https://sewausa.org/awards Please visit our website for Annual Reports and Financials and Audit Reports and IRS Form 990 at the URL: https://sewausa.org/Annual-Reports-and-Audit-Reports Our External Audit for 2018 has been completed and Audit Report will be shared on our website shortly.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Arun Kankani

Main address

100 W Oaks Mall

Houston, TX 77082 USA

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EIN

20-0638718

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, nonprofit service organization registered under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3). Founded in 2003, Sewa International is part of a larger movement that started in India in 1989 and is active in twenty countries. Sewa serves humanity irrespective of race, color, religion, gender or nationality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

India and International Development

Healthcare, Education, Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation, Self Employment, Rural and Tribal Welfare, Women Empowerment, Child development, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Local Serve projects where Sewa chapters are located in USA

Population(s) Served
Adults

Supporting local food pantry

Population(s) Served
Adults

Emergency support services to needy families, Health and Wellness and Awareness and Education

Population(s) Served
Adults

Support Refugee families, Education and Training support

Population(s) Served
Adults

Internship opportunity to High school and collage students

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Providing educational access to the invisible poor in India and Nepal.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing opportunity for volunteering

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator - 4 Star 2017

Charity Navigator - 4 Star 2018

Charity Navigator - 4 Star 2019

Charity Navigator - 4 Star 2020

Awards

5th Annual G-7 Awards 2018

The Whitehouse Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders

Affiliations & memberships

GuideStar 4 Star Rated Charity 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers served across 42 Sewa chapters in USA. These are local service projects undertaken by Sewa chapters. This has helped to maintain General and Admin expenses under 5%

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Seniors

Related Program

Family Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stop Diabetes Movement ( SDM) Is an integrative approach to manage and prevent diabetes through yoga and and Holistic life style approach. SDM Camps are conducted by Sewa chapters.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Family Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Family Service Program provides support structure to help families in emergency situations. 39 Information Assistance, 25 Death and Bereavement, 20 Health and Medical Support, 41 special support.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Working poor, Low-income people, Homeless people, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sewa has been training and engaging volunteers and has had a steady increase in the number of volunteers. The year 2000 saw a spurt in number of volunteers because of the COVID-19 relief activities.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission and Goals are:
a) Serving humanity in distress: We specialize in (a) disaster relief and rehabilitation projects, and, in (b) development projects in the areas of health, education, empowerment, and community development.
b) Aid local commuities: Our US Chapters implement our flagship program the Family Services program, and also the refugee empowerment program.
c) Promote volunteerism: We offer volunteering opportuntities such as International Yoga Day, Diwali Food Drive, and Sewa Day. We also offer 10-week structured summer internships: Get Inspired in the US, and, Yuva for Sewa in India and Guyana.

- We are committed to maximizing the beneficiary impact by stretching every Donor dollar. Towards this strategy we enroll volunteers. Volunteers are trained to serve community in which they live
- We work with our sister organizations who align to our values and core principles
- We leverage technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness
- We employ time tested project selection and evaluation criteria in the areas we serve

We are focused in three key areas and build strong capabilities based on several years of experience:
- Disaster Relief and Rehab : We have built capabilities in all three stages of disaster recovery: rescue (72 hours), relief (3 months) and rehabilitation (3-5 years).
- Aid local communities: Family services is a flagship project and we have built capabilities in Emergency support services to needy families, Health and Wellness projects and Awareness/ Education to the community.
- Promote volunteerism : We have developed comprehensive training modules for volunteer induction and development. We promote volunteerism in all ages of volunteers from young to senior citizens.

Sewa International has grown significantly in last couple of years in several fronts. Below is a brief snapshot.

- Several Thousand people were served in Disaster affected areas in USA and India in last three years. Sewa provided rescue, relief and we are currently involved in rehabilitation projects in Rosharon ( Columbian Farming Community), Braozoria County Texas since Hurricane Harvey hit this town.
- We are supporting over 48000 refugees in USA under various programs since 2016 onward. In 2018 We offered 50 SAT Classes, had 5 Get Involved Interns form BRE community 100 Students Participated and over 500 Families helped.
- From 5 Sewa chapters in 2009, we have grown to 42 Chapters in USA
- Total of 200,000 volunteer hours of community service performed in 2020
- From donation of $ 0.31 Million in 2009 , we have grown to $ 5.4 Million in 2020.
- Program Services share in USA has increased from 8% to over 60 % in 2020.

We need to increase our donor base and funds collection to make larger impact in the communities we serve. Many of the programs are ripe for take off. With increased support we will be able to impact more needy people.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEWA INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ramesh Bhutada

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Term: 2016 -

Ramesh Bhutada

Sridhar Talanki

Sarojini Gupta

Ajay Singhal

Suresh Jain

Radheshyam Dwivedi

Manohar Shinde

Dr. Mukesh Goel

Sachin Kulkarni

Arti Gehani

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2019

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.