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  • 28 Feb 2020 5:21 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Sewa International advisor and Atlanta based professor, was conferred the Padma Bhushan, for literature and education, on January 26, 2020. This is one of the highest accolades one can receive in India and it is no surprise the Dr. Sheth was able to accomplish it transcontinentally.

    Dr. Sheth has taught and done research at the University of Southern California, University of Illinois, Columbia University, MIT, and Emory University. Professor Sheth is a the recipient of all four top awards given by the American Marketing Association: the Richard D. Irwin Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award, the P.D. Converse Award for outstanding contributions to theory in marketing, and the William Wilkie Award for marketing for a better society. Dr. Sheth has also received over more than 30 awards as an expert in the field of marketing, consumer behavior, and emerging markets.

    Dr. Sheth and his wife, Madhuri, are also well-known philanthropists. Through the Madhuri and Jagdish Sheth Foundation and the Sheth Family Foundation, they have given generously, both in terms of financial aid and advice, to over 50 community, academic, and healthcare organizations in Atlanta and around the world. Among those owing their gratitude is Sewa International, and it was no coincidence that Jagadish and Madhuri Sheth were honored with the “Outstanding Community Services” award at the Sewa International Atlanta Chapter Fundraiser the year before.

    “We are excited and proud that our supporter, well-wisher, mentor, and adviser has been honored with this distinguished award by the Government of India,” said Viswanath Koppaka, National Marketing Director, Sewa International, and Atlanta Chapter volunteer.

    Published on Indiacurrents



  • 10 Dec 2019 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Sewa International - Volleyball Tournament 2019

    Sewa sports group conducted Volleyball tournament 2019 on Saturday Dec 7th, 2019.  

    For the second year in a row, Sewa International conducted this tournament at the Atlanta Extreme Volleyball Club in Suwanee, GA. This tournament was conducted as a fundraiser for Sewa Family Services charitable cause.


    Volleyball teams from sub-urban areas of Atlanta took part with full enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. The players were very competitive and gave it their best to make it a successful sporting event. Over all, there were 8 teams with 50+ players that took part in 15 closely contested games. One group had 1st and 2nd place decided by a tiny margin of 0.01 percentage point ratio.  

    The audience enjoyed watching over 50+ individuals playing this event. The tournament attracted over 10 youth and adult volunteers all coming together to support this event for a noble cause.

    Sewa would like to thank - Patel Brothers who was the main sponsor of this event.

    Sewa extends its gratitude to all the players, volunteers, and sponsors for their volunteering and participation.

    Mr. Viswanath Koppaka Ji inaugurated the tournament in a traditional Indian cultural way by lighting the divas and having Ganesh Vandana. Deepa Sharma, Rajiv Goel, Vimal Sharma, Divyaraj Singh, Prakash Srivastava, and Manoj Sharma facilitated this puja. Prakash Ji recorded the event and posted videos on Sewa Facebook page.

    Mr. Manoj Sharma, the lead coordinator for the tournament welcomed all the participants and shared the details of the event, Sewa family services, and introduced all the coordinators. The audience was very receptive of the details shared about Sewa and the charitable cause.

    Vishwanathji, the chief guest of the event provided insight into Sewa International’s community services in Metro Atlanta areas and the global charitable efforts/ initiatives of the organization. The audience gave several rounds of applause for the work Sewa organization was doing for the society. He thanked all the teams for their whole-hearted support and participation. Further, he requested them to continue their support.

    This was followed by Mr. Manoj providing details on the structure of the tournament and the rules of the game. For easy reference; the printed details of the rules and schedules were put on the walls behind courts 1 and 2.

    The players, umpires, scorers and volunteers helped keep the event on track by smoothly conducting their activities during each game. The event started on time at 9:00 AM and finished on time at 3:00 PM.

    The winners and the runners-up team took pictures and videos with the rolling trophies awarded to them.

    Below is the list of players from the Winners and Runners-up teams:



    Winners: Team Atlanta

    Players:

    • Binish Antony
    • Charles Sunny
    • Jake Tarpley
    • Bobby Tharakan
    • Miller Thomas
    • Roby Mathew
    • Ajmal Nawabi

    Runners-up: United VC

    Players:

    • Vamsi 
    • Sashi
    • Surya
    • Bhanu
    • Vamsee
    • Dileep
    • William

    List of Coordinators

    Deepa Sharma

    Vimal Sharma

    Divyaraj Singh

    Manoj Sharma – Lead

    List of Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers – Rajiv Goel / Shraddha ji/ Garima ji/ Rashmita Tiwari .

    Youth Volunteer – Arav Sharma/ Aditi Satghare / Mukul / Shreya / Ranjana

    Apart from that there were many impromptu volunteers who helped in conducting the games on the day.

    Pictures

  • 6 Jul 2019 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Sewa Summer Internship 2019 Report – Week 2 through 3

       Sewa International, Atlanta chapter is running summer internship for high schools. We have 11 interns for tutoring classes for Bhutanese community in Decatur and 7 interns for Stone Mountain High School survey where we want to start Sewa leaning center. Please find the attached report. Also, There are a few pictures and videos that we have shared on Sewa Facebook page. 

    Brief Report

       The internship has been going very well for all the interns. The group of interns responsible for tutoring kids from the Bhutanese have been getting a steady attendance each day. The students are primarily from elementary school with a proportion of them being from middle school as well. There are two locations for the tutoring project – one at the English Oaks Apartment and the other at the Carriage Oaks Apartment. Overall there has been a steady and healthy attendance of 25 elementary and middle school children who are being mentored by eleven interns.

            

    Figure. Interns involved in the Bhutanese Community Tutoring Project

    The interns in the Survey Project which is being carried out in collaboration with Stone Mountain High School is also moving into an advanced phase. The questionnaire design has been completed. The process being highly technical – it took five iterations to get the questionnaire right and getting approved by the principal of Stone Mountain High School. The interns did a lot of research and successfully designed the survey under the guidance of volunteers from Sewa. Plans are being made to effectively start the process of data collection.

    The interns have also come up with a plan for a field for the participants at Fernbank Science Center. Appropriate plans are being made for the logistics of the entire process. Successive reports on the internship will provide descriptions in detail as and when the process moves forward.


  • 20 Jun 2019 6:32 AM | Anonymous

    Sewa Summer Internship 2019 Report – Week 1

    After a long process of recruiting – online registration followed by telephonic interviews - the Summer Internship 2019 with Sewa International (Atlanta Chapter) started during second week of June 2019 as scheduled. The interns were broadly divided into two categories – one group responsible for tutoring kids from the Bhutanese community in the Clarkston area of Georgia and the other group responsible for a survey that has been undertaken by Sewa in collaboration with Stone Mountain High School. This year the internship program has been broadened from Sewa’s perspective in that we are also working with Stone Mountain High School to conduct a survey which aims to understand the perspective of students and their guardians/parents on what services the school can incorporate in order to meet multiple objectives – increase graduation rate, make parents get involved in the students’ academic activities, and last but not the least, prepare students for after-school life.

    In between the process of recruiting interns and the actual internship, Sewa conducted multiple rounds of conference calls with the interns and their parents. In addition, Sewa also conducted a face-to-face meeting with the interns and their parents, followed by an Orientation Program the weekend before the start of the internship program, which was also attended by the principal of Stone Mountain High School, Dr. Wislene John. The objectives of all these activities with the interns (and their parents) were to get them on board, get them to understand the internship process, what they are expected to deliver and also to be sensitive to what their expectations are from the internship.

    Figure 1. Meeting between Sewa volunteers and interns’ parents

    It needs to be mentioned here that the ground work for both the projects of the internship program started as early as mid-May. The volunteers of Sewa visited the different apartments where the Bhutanese community reside and also met with the principal of Stone Mountain High School. While visiting the apartments, the volunteers had completed the first round of on-boarding process for the parents of the Bhutanese kids, talking with them, explaining the benefits their kids would have by attending the tutoring program and also finalizing a common place where the interns could gather the kids and tutor them. The volunteers of Sewa also completed multiple rounds of meeting with the representatives and the principal of Stone Mountain High School to explain how Sewa could help them meet their objectives (for which they would probably had to otherwise hire an external agency) and to gather the survey requirements.

    Figure 2. Orientation Program: Sewa volunteers, interns with the principal of Stone Mountain High School, Dr. Wislene John

    On the first day of the internship, the interns arrived at designated locations at designated times. This was followed by going door-to-door to recruit kids. The process involved explaining how Sewa is working on providing free tutoring classes to kids from the Bhutanese community and how it would benefit them. Overall, it was a great turnout - with 20 and 7 kids turning up, respectively at the two locations– almost all of them students from elementary schools, with varied backgrounds, including but not limited To Nepalese, Bhutanese, and Burmese. They were given lessons on spellings and Math. This was followed by playing games. It was a fun-filled experience for the interns with most of them learning a lot – especially on how to be patient and how to deal with kids. The second day also turned up to be quite fruitful for the interns and the kids, with most of the kids turning up from the first day and also additional ones. During both the days, volunteers from Sewa were physically present at the locations to guide the interns.

    Figure 3. Interns demonstrating a science experiment to kids

    The other group of interns – who are working with on the survey project have mostly been working remotely till now. The first stage of the project involves designing the survey questionnaire – a highly technical job. The questionnaire needs to have the ability to address all the objectives, have reliability and validity, and last but not the least, should not be too long or short. The work on designing the questionnaire continued for two weeks – it started the week prior to the actual internship program and continued till the first week. Overall, there were four iterations before being sent to the principal of Stone Mountain High School for approval. While we wait for the approval, the group is working on planning the process of data collection.

    In summary, the program leading up to and including the first week was a great learning experience for the interns. It goes without saying that they are doing their best in furthering their own interests and also Sewa’s in empowering the Bhutanese community in the US as a whole, and the Atlanta chapter in particular.

    Plan for Week 2:

    • 1.       Bhutanese community tutoring project – continue the process of retaining and recruiting more kids, and tutoring
    • 2.       Survey project – plan on visiting neighborhoods around Stone Mountain High School to collect responses


  • 2 Jun 2019 10:42 PM | Anonymous

    Sewa International in collaboration with Life south did blood drive in the neighborhood of Blackstone community, Cumming ,GA on the 2nd of June from 11 am till 5 pm. As always we got a great support from the community and managed to register 18 donors and were able to collect blood from 13 donors. That means this blood drive can save upto 39 local lives.

    In 2018, blood drive in the same neighborhood saved up to 189 lives, thanks to the 63 donors. We have 2 more drives planned in 2019 in the same community. Apart from this our young high school volunteer Ananya Lohar is working with LifeSouth to schedule more drives in coming up months.

    Photos available at Blood Drive - Jun 2019

  • 1 Apr 2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Chess Mates Tournament 2019

    Sewa sports group conducted Chess Mates tournament on Sunday, March 31st, 2019.

    The tournament was conducted as a fundraiser for Sewa’s Family services initiative.

    It was conducted for the very first time, got a very good response from Chess enthusiasts of Atlanta area. About 60 participated in various tournament categories viz. Unrated(open), Rated (U500, U1000)

    The tournament also attracted about 10 youth and adult volunteers all coming together to support this event for a noble cause.

    Sewa would like to thank

    - Chesstronics for giving the location at reasonable price.

    Sewa extends its gratitude to all the players, volunteers and sponsors for the enthusiastic participation in this event.

    The tournament was inaugurated by Mrs. Deepa Luthra in a customary way with Ganesh Vandana. Mr, Nishanth Trivedi (Tournament Lead Coordinator) welcomed all the participants to the tournament and informed about the rules of the game along with Suriya Kopula the tournament director. It was followed by an address by the chief guest of the event Deepa Luthra who provided insight into Sewa International’s Family services in Metro Atlanta. Mr. Vijai shared his vision as sports coordinator of Atlanta chapter. Deepa Sharma and Prakash Srivastava helped remotely with volunteer and player registrations and website marketing.

    Below is the list of Winners and Runners-up in each category:

    Unrated –

    Winner – Ramchandra Nadar

    Runners-up 1 – Aashray Arun

    Runners-up 2 – Praneeth Bhat

    Runners-up 3 – Shuvam Rath

    Runners-up 4 – Dhruva Devabhaktuni

    Rated U500 –

    Winner – Chenxiang Xia

    Runners-up 1 – Avyan Yeluguri

    Runners-up 2 – Keshav Prasad

    Runners-up 3 – Sai Neel Maddu

    Runners-up 4 – Adithya Ravichandran

    Rated U1000 –

    Winner – Alex Madden

    Runners-up 1 – Troy Madden

    Runners-up 2 – Haley Long

    Runners-up 3 – Max Sun

    Runners-up 4 – Preetham Thelluri

    List of Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers – Nishant Trivedi / Prakash Srivastava / Nate Natesan / Garima Saini / Jyoti Mukka /Nagender Yamsani/ Sandeep Parashar / Deepa Sharma

    Youth Volunteer – Saketh / Mukul / Siddharth / Rahul /Aishwarya / Haarika

    Apart from that there were many impromptu volunteers who helped with conduct of the games on the day.

    Click for Photos

  • 12 Mar 2019 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    Spin Masters Table Tennis Tournament 2019

    Sewa sports group conducted Spin Masters Table Tennis tournament 2019 on Saturday March 2nd 2019.

    The tournament was conducted as a fundraiser for Sewa’s Family services initiative.

    Inspite of being the first time the tournament got a very good response from Table Tennis enthusiasts of North Atlanta area. Over 65 participants participated in various tournament categories viz. Juniors under 14, Womens & Mens Singles and Mens Doubles.

    The audience enjoyed watching over 90 individual very competitive games during the event.

    The tournament attracted over 20 youth and adult volunteers all coming together to support this event for a noble cause.

    Sewa would like to thank

    - Archi’s Table Tennis Club who sponsored all the trophies given to the Winners and Runners-up players

    - Café Bahar for setting up food stalls and support sewa by donating a percentage of their earnings to Sewa for this noble cause.

    TV Asia provided a roundup of this event on March 10th and Sewa is thankful to TV Asia’s Ms. Anjali for the same.

    Sewa extends its gratitude to all the players, volunteers and sponsors for the enthusiastic participation in this event.

    The tournament was earlier inaugurated by Mr. Vikas Arora in a customary way. Mr, Yogesh (Tournament coordinator) welcomed all the participants to the tournament and performed Ganesh Vandana. It was followed by an address by the chief guest of the event Vikas ji who provided insight into Sewa International’s community services in Metro Atlanta and world in general. Mr. Vijai shared his vision as sports coordinator of Atlanta chapter. This was followed by Mr. Mandar (Tournament co-coordinator) providing the details on structure of the tournament.

    Below is the list of Winners and Runners-up in each category:

    U14 Singles:

    Winner – Romir Das

    Runners-up – Shourya Tutukuri

    Womens Singles:

    Winner – Madhavi Perumpalath

    Runners-up – Monika Tarwala

    Mens Singles:

    Winner – Parag Marathe

    Runners-up – Sandeep Sapra

    Mens Doubles:

    Winner – Parag Marathe / Sanjay Ponkshe

    Runners-up – Amit Deshpande / Navin Kare

    List of Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers – Mandar Bhome / Yogesh Borkar / Prakash Srivastava / Shraddha Satgare / Nate Natesan / Suresh Vaishya / Anand Varadarajan / Anshuman Mishra / Chandan Bhome / Ashesh Sharma

    Youth Volunteer – Sohum Satghare / Kavya Enaganti / Saketh Koona / Siddharth Devabhaktuni / Rahul Adulapuram / Anagesh Nuguru / Karthik Enaganti / Anuraag Nallapu / Prajin Dhumal / Pramit Dhumal

    Apart from that there were many impromptu volunteers who helped with conduct of the games on the day.

    Link to Photos


  • 5 Mar 2019 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    Namaste all,

    Sewa International, Atlanta Chapter has been working with Cumming Elementary School for approximately 10 months now. We started our partnership over the summer when volunteers Manika ji Singh, Divyaraj ji Singh, Bharat Singh, Amod ji Sureka, Raj Sureka, Jay Sureka, Swadesh ji Katoch joined special education teacher Mrs. Anna Doll in making an outdoor community vegetable garden for all the students of the school. It is estimated that more than 13 million children live in food insecure homes. Growing food in community and home gardens can provide people with more access to fresh vegetables. The school’s community garden teaches the children one way that they can have easy access to inexpensive, fresh, healthy food.

    Since September of 2018, every second and fourth Saturday 15-25 Sewa volunteers spend three hours of their morning with first and second grade students from this same elementary school. They read together, students write in their journals, and they do math problems. The high school students are also exposing these elementary school students to STEM experiments and projects and encourage physical activity thru yoga and soccer. The children are offered a healthy snack before going home. In February, the students had a special guest, a dietician from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, attend the Saturday morning tutoring program and talk to them about healthy habits. They learned about the sugar content in soda, Gatorade, juice and water and understood why water is the best drink for their body. They learned the importance of making half their plate fruits and vegetables and why they should stay active and limit screen time.

    In line with this goal of exposing students to healthy habits, Mrs. Anna Doll keeps an indoor garden along with the outdoor vegetable garden. Sewa volunteers Siya Katoch, Abhinay Sharma, Nithin Reddy and Abhishek Pasupuleti spent the last tutoring session working with Mrs. Doll on a green house project which she leads for the school. The 4 volunteers had taken out all the old lights and put new LED lights together and put them on the frame.

    Mrs. Doll is very appreciative of all that the Sewa volunteers have done for Cumming Elementary School, whether it be tutoring and direct involvement with the first and second grade students, or indirectly helping the students by supporting the outdoor garden and indoor greenhouse. She was told by Sewa volunteer Abhinay Sharma, “Just ask Sewa and you’ll have dozens of people to help!”

    A Big AUM to all the volunteers!


  • 20 Feb 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    Sewa Badminton Tournament 2019

    Sewa sports group has conducted for the very first time “Shuttle Masters” Badminton Tournament 2019 in association with Atlanta Badminton Club on the day of Basant i.e., Feb 9 and 10 at Suwanee. The beneficiary of the tournament was “Sewa Family Emergency Services”. 

    The tournament had 24 different event categories catering to people from all ages, skill level. It attracted ~100 players participating in multiple events spread over 2 days. The audience and the players got to watch more than 225 matches over 16 hours. A highly competitive set of people but all getting together for a noble cause.

    This event also attracted more than 25 volunteers who worked tirelessly and selflessly before 2 months of the event and until the culmination.

    Café Bahar chose to support Sewa as a sponsor setting up stalls and donating the profits as a charity

    Sewa extends their gratitude to all players, volunteers and sponsors.

    The tournament was earlier inaugurated by Mr Swadesh in a customary way. Ganesh Vandana was chanted by Ms Deepa. It was followed by opening address by the chief guest of the event - Swadesh ji, who informed the audience about how Sewa international serves the communities in Metro Atlanta area and the world in general and how everyone can get involved. It was thoughtful and motivating, Mr Vijai shared his vision as sports coordinator of Atlanta chapter, followed by Mr Ashesh ( tournament co-ordinator and Mr Anshuman ( Tournament Director) sharing how through the tournament we are trying to involve more people in the community to help participate in this noble cause

    Below are the list of winners and runners in each category.

    U10 Singles Unisex – Vigneswar Vadivelan / Michele Rajkumar

    U10 Doubles Unisex – Michele Rajkumar & Sana Taware / Aaran Mishra & Sarvagya Sharma

    U13 Doubles – Mithun Gopinath & Ahwan Mishra / Vishwa Rajan & Diyaa Sarath

    XD Open – Sarath Govindaraj & Upasana K / Yue Jingna & Gopinath Kannaiyan

    WD Open – Tejasvi Penmetsa & Ranjitha Yendluri / Shilpa D & Latha N

    MD Beginners – Raj Kosaraju & Vinay Shivaya / Sanjib Banerjee & Nandy Nachiketa

    MD Amateur – Gopinath Kannaiyan & Vinh Nguyen / Sarath Govindaraj  & Praveen Chand

    U13 Unisex Singles – Mithun Gopinath / Vishwa Rajan

    Beginners Unisex Singles – Upasana K / Sanjib Banerjee

    U17 Unisex Singles – Mathew Sujanto / Sharvi Sharma

    WS Open – Avadhani Vasudha / Rekha Jumani

    MS Amateur – Prasanna K / Navjot Singh

    MS 40 - Praveen Chand / Raj Kumar

    Volunteers

    Adult Volunteers - Ashesh Sharma / Anshuman Mishra / Prakash Srivastava / Deepa Sharma / Rajiv Goel / Srikanth K / Mithun Gopinath / Ahwan Mishra / Upasana Kotakonda / Sharvi Sharma / Mathew Sujanto / Daniel Laij

    Youth Volunteers -  Saketh Koona / Rahul Adulapuram / Siddharth Deva / Krish Mishra / Varnika Sharma / Subhangi Sharma / Shreya Tiwari / Srija Chitti


  • 20 Jan 2019 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    Our community had planned to distribute 5000 blankets this winter. Various individuals and organizations including Federation of Indian-American Associations of Georgia are contributing towards it. Sewa International USA - Atlanta has raised around $2,500 towards this. Today morning this as part of Blankets Drive, Sewa International USA - Atlanta volunteers went ahead and donated 35 blankets to Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter . They were very appreciative of the work and thank you all for donations. In the picture (from L to R Ramesh Rapelly, Viswanath Koppaka & Maureen Kornow, Executive Director of Home for Hope.)


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