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How it all began?

Sewa International began as a movement  in 1993 to engage the Indian Diaspora(NRI) worldwide. It encouraged these people to remain connected with Indian roots through contribution to humanitarian causes locally and in India, especially in times of natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, pandemics etc, which cause large scale distress, and needs huge resources for recovery. The movement has spread its wings worldwide to more than 25 countries now.

In India, Sewa International was established in 1997 as a registered non-profit trust, based on the Indian ethos of ‘Service before Self’ and “World is One Family”. Since its inception, Sewa International is relentlessly serving humanity in distress irrespective of caste, creed, color, religion, race or region.

Over the past decade, the transition has happened from providing support to short term disaster relief & rescue activities, towards more effective long-term rehabilitation and development projects in the underserved areas. The organization is driven by the need to provide more permanent solutions to the underlying socio-economic issues. Sewa International is presently working in the domains of health, education, livelihood generation, environment protection, skilling, community/rural development, women empowerment, water conservation across 20 states in India, with direct interventions as well as with the help of committed grassroot organizations.

Our future efforts are inline with the SDGs defined by UN for achieving lasting peace and prosperity for the people and the planet.

Vision

Sewa International as a premier non-profit, would live in a world of equality, where everyone is happy, enjoys good health, has equal growth opportunities and lives in balance with nature. In the event of any disaster, Sewa will be called in and be among the first to serve.

Mission

Sewa International serves humanity in distress, aids local communities, and promotes volunteerism. We engage our beneficiaries to be agents of change in development and strive to make progress broad-based.

How We Work?

Main aim of Sewa International is to serve the humanity in distress, either directly or through empowered local partners especially in times of disaster, who despite lack of resources work extremely hard to provide help to affected people. Most of these local NGOs lack basic setups(timely reporting, monitoring, language issues, low capacity etc), which results in the majority aid going to all big players, leaving the actual working organizations struggling for money. So, Sewa International tries to empower these referred local organizations, so that the aid actually reaches the end beneficiary.

In case, where we find that there is lack of such local partners, who can implement the program effectively, then depending on the available resources (financial, HR) and development needs for the region, it considers the viability of setting up its own operations to implement and manage the project. This has also been very effective as seen in our Sewa Uttarakhand project, where we developed the team and program from ground up with 3800+ women members as part of the 360+ SHGs/Federations leading a socio-economically empowered life in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts.

Guiding Principles


  1. We are inspired by Dharmic principles of “Serving Humanity is Serving Divinity” and “Unity in Diversity.”
  2. We practice "Service above Self".
  3. We practice team work and promote self-reliance.
  4. We are proactive and responsive to the needs of society while promoting ‘Self Reliance’ among those who are served.
  5. We are pluralistic, trustworthy and transparent.
  6. We create a positive impact through operational excellence and beneficiary empowerment.
  7. We respect and safeguard our environment.
  8. We value our volunteers, donors and partners.
  9. We respect the dignity of every human being, consider humanity as one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam!!) while serving them regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.
  10. We accept and celebrate diversity in people and community, we are sensitive to the cultural backgrounds of people we serve.

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