Housten’s Sewa International honored with Community Service Award by IACCGH


When the COVID-19 pandemic descended on the world last year, it hit everyone unaware. While every member of the society was equally affected, poor people were hit with it the worst.

Fortunately, many NGOs step forwarded immediately and became pillars of the community in maintaining its stability. One of those organizations is Sewa International, which has been at the forefront of the pandemic all through the beginning. Their commitment and dedication did not go unnoticed.

Earlier in October this year, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) honored Sewa International’s Houston Chapter with its annual Community Service Award at its annual gala held in Houston.

In the picture, from left to right: Fort Bend County Judge K. P. George, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, IACCGH President Tarush Anand, Sewa International’s President Arun Kankani, Sewa Houston Chapter President Gitesh Desai, India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, businessmen Rajiv Bhavsar, LyondellBasell CEO Bhavesh Patel, Sultana Mangalji, IACCGH Exe Director Jagdip Ahluwalia, and India’s Consul General in Houston Aseem Mahajan

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s Ambassador to the United States, attended the event as the Chief Guest, to present the award to Sewa International’s President Arun Kankani and the Houston Chapter President Gitesh Desai.

More than 600 business and community leaders from Houston participated in the gala. Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, at the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston delivered the keynote speech.

In the presentation, the organization showcased their activities carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with that they also featured the patients and their families in Houston affected by the pandemic.

One highlight in the presentation was the appreciation letter for the organization from the US President Joe Biden.

Gitesh Desai, in his acceptance speech said, “We feel happy and proud that the Indian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston has given its Community Service Award to Sewa during this Diwali. The recognition will inspire us to remain focused and dedicated to our service projects and achieve more in the future.”

Arun Kankani, Sewa’s President, said “Our sincere gratitude goes to the Indian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) for recognizing Sewa and the work done by volunteers. The award will help us increase our reach.”

IACC President Tarush Anand praised Sewa International’s contributions during the pandemic and said, “while Sewa was being honored, the real honor was, in fact, ours. We are very proud of all the great work you have done. Keep up the great work!” Jagdip Ahluwalia, Executive Director of IACCGH, joined Anand and said: “Well deserved honor for a great organization. We are all proud of the work you do, and it is our honor to be allowed to honor Sewa at our gala”.