Namaste and Welcome to the San Diego chapter of Sewa International USA!

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About Sewa International:

Sewa International is a non-profit 501(c)3 Hindu charity active in a variety of areas including health-care, education, disaster relief, child & tribal welfare with thousands of service workers running projects and programs in India, USA and other countries.


About San Diego Chapter:

Sewa International activities in San Diego started in October 2007. At present, we are a very small group engaged in a limited set of activities as follows:

Summary of Activities:

  • Raised funds and in-kind donations for the following causes:
    • 2007 India flood relief
    • 2008 Bihar flood relief
    • 2009 Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh flood relief
    • 2010 Haiti earthquake relief
    • 2010 Leh (Jammu & Kashmir) flood relief
    • 2011 Sikkim Earthquake Relief
    • 2012 Assam Riot Relief
    • 2013 Maharashtra drought and Uttarakhand flood relief
    • Sponsor-a-child project
    • Funded a school van and student scholarships (for Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Kaila Devi, Karauli district, Rajasthan)
    • San Diego Bhutan Refugee Empowerment project (ongoing since 2009)
  • Conducted publicity events including presentations and booths in temples, universities, fairs and local companies
  • Hosted and mentored interns under Yuva for Sewa (YFS) and Get Inspired programs
  • Supporting Bhutanese refugees in San Diego (see our Bhutan refugee support page for information)
  • Service to the San Diego community (such as Sewa Day)

Volunteer Appeal:

We are actively seeking volunteers to join our fledgling San Diego team. Volunteers will participate in one or more of the following tasks. Hours are flexible.

  • Chapter activities:
    • Local publicity & Fund-raising
    • Event management
    • Database, mailing list and report maintenance
    • Donor relations
    • Grant writing
    • National liaison
  • Bhutan Refugee Support Project
  • Local community service
    • Volunteer for Sewa Day, Diwali Food Drive, Adopt-a-Highway and other programs

Donation Appeal:

  • Bhutanese Refugee Empowerment Project: We are seeking cash and in-kind donations for the Bhutanese refugees in San Diego. Monetary donations will help us purchase essential items, conduct different activities and support their needs. More details here.
  • India Projects: We welcome monetary donations to support our ongoing projects in India. Project areas include medical care, education, disaster relief, tribal welfare Projects are undertaken by our partner organizations in India such as Seva Bharati, Vivekananda Kendra, Vidya Bharati, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Youth for Seva, Hindu Seva Prathisthana, and many others.
  • Other Appeals: We occasionally publish appeals for specific causes in India, USA and other countries especially during times of natural disasters. Please stay tuned for details.

How to Donate:

  1. Please fill out this pledge form AND
  2. Make your donation via one of the following methods:
    1. Donate online via PayPal or Google Checkout at:
    2. Periodic monthly withdrawal. Please fill and mail this form.
    3. Make check to ‘Sewa International USA’ and mailed to Sewa International USA, P O Box 820867, Houston,TX 77282-0867.
    4. Make check to ‘Sewa International USA’ and hand over in person to San Diego chapter volunteer. Please contact us to schedule a suitable time.
  3. Sewa International may be eligible for matching grant donations from your employer. After you donate, please request your employer to match your contribution.

Other ways to get involved:

Shop at Ralphs grocery stores? Please support us using your Ralphs Rewards card (details).

Support us through GoodSearch and GoodShop (details).

Get the Sewa Card! (details)



For volunteering, donating or other inquiries, please feel free to contact us.

sandiego [at] sewausa (dot} org



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