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Sewa Sandesh - 2020

  • 26 Jul 2020 4:04 PM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    “We are still in first wave”. This admission by WHO recently on the back of ever increasing number of casualties(540k+) and infections which crossed 11.7 million, was enough to send shivers in the heart and minds of all of us. With the current rate of spread of Coronavirus, all the projections and hopes of the flattening of the curve anytime soon, are as good as gone. We all need to get accustomed to the new Normal which is a world where such viruses/diseases would be common place, driven by climate change caused by human over-exploitation. Taking precuations by way of avoiding crowds, wearing masks, physical distancing and maintaining hygiene/santiation is going to be part and parcel of the new way of life. Paradoxically, all the precautions and steps needed to avoid the disease, are causing us to avoid public transport & use more private transport, use more plastic(PPE kits, Medical waste disposal etc), become more socially isolated, tech-addicted, home-bound, which are making our lives especailly of kids more miserable, and environment more unsustainable.

    Its not an easy time to reconcile with. But at the same time, with the tech advancement over the last couple of centuries, we have the solutions to almost all the ills which caused the pandemic in the first place. What we need is to be more sensible, patient, humble and take care of the earth as if our life depends on it. Because it really does!!

    Sewa Lending Help To International Citizens Stuck In India

    Sewa International is an International organization who believes in the Indian ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which means ‘The World is One Family’. We, at Sewa proudly say that we stand by it completely when it comes to serve the humanity in distress.

    One such example was seen during lock down period when office of Sewa International Delhi came to know to about few people from Columbia got stuck in India during the lock-down period. Their condition was miserable as most of them were out of money to buy food and other essentials. We came to their rescue and provided them with food materials and other home essentials to sustain the current period. 8 such people who were stuck in Delhi/NCR, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra were sent relief material including dry ration, & home essentials.

    Sensitization and Installation Of Touch-Free Sanitizer Dispensers at Schools

    Past three months were most crucial for education institutes and students as board examination, new admissions, and entrance tests of various universities competitive examinations generally falls during this time-frame. However, due to Coronavirus pandemic , the government rightly decided to close them.

    The decision to open schools and conduct examination, now lies with respective states based on their evaluation of the situation locally and implementation of norms as they deem fit. Karnataka government being front runner devised a policy to conduct state board class 10th examination with proper measures of safety. Our Sewa team was approached by the district officials & education board officials in Belgaum district for the successful implementation of sensitization & sanitation norms. Out team in Bangalore is very active from past three months amid lock-down period in activities such as; awareness campaigns, distributing milk packets, fresh cooked food, dry ration packets etc.

    Sewa International installed touch-free sanitizer kits at 5 government examination centers in Belgaum. Students were also sensitized for the required precautions they need to take and masks were also distributed to the schools staff and students. Over 2500+ students appeared for the board

    PMKK Chamoli - Healthcare trainees serving patients at govt hospitals amid COVID Pandemic

    It’s been few months since the world has come to standstill with no immediate solution to stop the spread of Coronvirus. The lockdowns forced closure of our Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK), impacting the continuity of learning for thousands of young minds in Uttarakhand state. To overcome it, we devised a new structure of digital learning where we started conducting e-classes for our students to keep their motivation and engagement high. Meanwhile, we are formulating strategy to conduct assessments once centers open and situation becomes normal.

    As for our healthcare students doing General Duty Assistant course, it was already conveyed by central government that they would prove as critical workforce that would come handy at this need of the hour. Understanding the national emergency, 15 of our brightest girl students from our PMKK Chamoli, who were well trained in nursing course got selected to work at a government hospital in Karanprayag.

    These brave girls are confidently supporting the doctors and other medical staff at hospital while they are busy treating COVID patients. They are well aware about all safety measures and are spreading awareness among the local people as well. These students are our real ambassadors and COVID warriors who are selflessly serving humanity at this testing time. We salute their bravery and passion with which they have come this far.

    Thermal Screening of Hybrid Quarantined Migrants at Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

    After the strict lock down for almost two months, when the government decided to ease down lock down rules where migrants labor and others were allowed to travel back to their home destination. It is when the real trouble started for the authorities as infected ones were moving from one place to other with the risk of getting infection passed onto healthy person. The real issue at hand was to quarantine people coming from outside and then screen them again to see if they were out of risk. With an increase in number of people migrating back to their hometowns, there was a need for effective collaboration among the administration and civil society organizations working at the grass root level to ensure the virus spread is contained.

    Sewa International Uttarakhand teamed up with the district administration of Rudraprayag and accepted the challenge to do thermal screening of the hybrid quarantined migrants, in their own village. At Ukhimath Block, a total 845 hybrid quarantined migrants were tested out of which one was found COVID positive and was then sent to hospital whereas for the further treatment. Similarly, at Augustyamuni Block, 952 migrants who completed their 14 days quarantine period went through thermal screening. We believe that if we are able contribute small help from our side, we can motivate others as well to do their bit. We are confident and well-equipped to battle this fight.

    We will continue the thermal screening program to ensure that area is free from the further spread of Coronavirus.

    Medical Kit Distribution in Delhi NCR

    Lockdown has severely hit people of all class; from daily wager to top businessmen. However, it is quite evident that daily wager community was badly affected as lock-down snatched their vocation and daily-earning was difficult with no human movement during the period. Their loss of job left them in state of despair with no means to support their family making them most vulnerable of the lot.

    Sewa International tried to help these people with Food Kits, masks and medical kits through its distribution programs in and around Gurugram. The distribution drive continued thru initial three months of lock-down in association with NASSCOM Foundation & IBM. By the end of June, more than 1000 medical kits that comprised of set of 4 masks, 1 sanitizer bottle, 2 sanitary pads and 12 piece of soap were given to families of daily wager, construction worker, migrant labors, maid, street vendors, homeless people.

    Shankar Vihar, Palam Vihar, Mohammadpur, Jharsa, Sector-36, Gurgaon village, 8 Bishwa road were some of the localities that were covered. This was made possible due to the generous support of doctors and social workers like Dr. Abhimanyu Sangwan (MS, ENT Paras Hospital Gurugram), Ms. Komal Bhatnagar (Social Worker), Dr. Sandeep (Kutum Hospital, Gurugram) and Dr. Praveen (Gurugram). who provided their valuable time to come along with our team and sensitized these people in regard with COVID precautions.

    Sur Sangam- Sewa USA COVID Solidarity Concert

    On Jun 14th, Sewa International USA in partnership with TV ASIA organized Live Musical Concert where the most popular and loved Indian Singers performed live for their fans and exhorted them to contribute for Covid-19 relief work. The concert, SUR SANGAM was graced by prominent singers like Anup Jalota, Ankit Tiwari, Jaspinder Narula, Shaan, Madhushree Bhattacharya and Daler Mehndi. The show went live on TV ASIA channel as well as on Sewa Social Media channels. The donation thus collected from the show would be utilized to provide essentials to people impacted due to COVID in USA/India.

    Sewa International USA has been providing relief on a national scale during pandemic COVID-19 through its various services like distribution of masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizers, food & groceries to the needy, homeless people and healthcare workers. Sewa along with its pool of volunteers and partners organization have been helping the community since day one of lockdown. Sewa International USA is committed to continue its selfless service towards the needy people until the COVID situation gets better.

    Sewa South Africa - COVID-19 Relief Work

    Sewa International in collaboration with Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, South Africa is working in response to COVID-19. South Africa, a country of 57 million people; has recorded 144,264 corona-virus cases with 2,529 deaths and 70,614 recovered cases as of 30th Jun, 2020. Responding to the Corona-virus and its aftermath in South Africa, Sewa International is working with partners and volunteers on-ground to serve the community people in need.

    As part of the Covid-19 relief activities, Sewa International distributed 200+ facial mask, 500+ Hamper Kits, 1000+ fresh food packets and impacted more than 3000+ beneficiaries Apart from that, Sewa was able to reach 20,000+ audience via social media & online webinars.

    Cyclone Amphan - Relief & Rehab of Victims in West Bengal

    In May 2020, super-cyclone Amphan badly hit eastern coastal states; Odisha & West Bengal. Many lives were lost, acres of fertile land were destroyed, buildings were collapsed and people were left with no food, electricity and shelter.

    Sewa International ground team in West Bengal quickly made initial assessment and need for the areas that were badly struck and started rescue and relief work. Along with our on-ground partners 1000+ tarpaulins were immediately distributed among the villagers. Further, our Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) Mathurapur team identified 250 such families in nearby villages who didn't have food to eat and no roofs on their head.

    Family kits comprising of dry ration, vegetables and other home essentials were distributed in Radhakantapur, Vidyasagarpur, Narayanipur, Nalpukur, Katlapara, Paschim Kutali villages of Mathurapur in South 24 Parganas. Another round of distribution happened for our students living close by to our center whose situation was really miserable. Villages that were covered were Radhaballabpur, Ramlochanpur, Tajpur, Gabberia, Ghoserpole, Dhola, Nakali, Patharberia, DakhinRamnagar, Panapukur, Jadavpur, Singhiswar, Srikrishnapur, Patki, Dahakanda, Lakshmikantapur and Jamalpur.

    We will continue to support our brothers and sisters during the testing times with the best of our efforts and resources as we have been doing it from past 23 years.

    Celebration of International Yoga Day

    As rightly said, “Yoga add years to your life and life to your years”. Yoga is group of physical, mental and spiritual practices to control body, mind, and soul. Yoga has become much more relevant now, with the stresses of modern life.

    The prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic is gripping human life as never before. The solutions as prescribed by various health and medical agencies worldwide suggest physical endurance, strong immunity and good mental health. And the yoga seems to be the best possible solution to stay fit while one is stuck at home.

    Sewa International celebrates the International Yoga day every year with great fervor. This year, it was celebrated across various offices via Facebook live streaming due to lockdown situation. A live yoga session was conducted at 7:30 am from our Uttarakhand project location, that witnessed participation of huge number of people connected with us around the world.

    Yoga originated from India and is widely practiced since ancient times. We urge all our supporters, donors, beneficiaries, and associates to practice yoga for 15-30 minutes daily as it will lead to a healthy and happy life.

    Celebration of World Environment Day

    World Environment day is celebrated every year on 5th June. The day serves as an opportunity for all of us to think about all possible ways to save our mother earth by developing greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to safeguard wild spaces; for educators to inspire students to live in harmony with the environment; and for youth to become fierce gatekeepers of a green future.

    Every Year, Sewa International celebrates World Environment Day with enthusiasm. As a part of environmental initiatives, we recently launched a new project called “PRAWAH” in Uttarakhand with the help of Sewa USA. PRAWAH stands for 'Participatory Rejuvenation, Afforestation & Waste Mgmt along Himalayan Springs' aims to restore the flow and preservation of micro-springs in Himalayan region. On World Environment Day, our team along with volunteers cleaned Khakhra Gadera stream in Ukhimath at Narayankoti cluster. Sewa team also organized the tree plantation drive at Chandrapuri, Makkumath, Pokhri, Urgam, Tapovan and Naraynkoti clusters. Approx. 150 trees were planted on the day with the pledge to save and protect our mother earth.

  • 10 Jul 2020 12:19 PM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    In these Covid times, where there’s no dearth of fear, grief, anger and anxiety inducing messages/news, our Covid Heroes provide us with a reason for Hope of a better future. These unsung heroes saw the harrowing condition of the suffering migrant workers, daily wagers and even stray animals due to lockdowns. And came forward with all their might and resources to help these unknown fellow dewellers, in spite of the life-threatening situations under Coronavirus pandemic. They didn’t care about their own safety or money for their own family, but rather put themselves in harm’s way so that someone less fortunate can live and survive for another day. We salute these thousands of Covid Heroes and also millions of Essential Service Providers, of which only a few have been mentioned in the newsletter, who are ensuring that everyone, irrespective of their socio-economic status, is taken care of.

    While battling Coronavirus across the country, support from the prominent people, including celebrities, is helping to spread the message to much wider audience to join hands for fighting Covid menace. As the menacing news of ever-increasing Corona numbers kept us busy on the ground, we got further pummeled with SuperCyclone Amphan which caused massive devastation in Odisha and West Bengal, especially in eco-sensitive Sundarbans, laying bare years of work to improve the livelihoods there. Our teams are working there to help with roofing materials and basic survival kits but much more needs to be done.

    The times are changing and any prediction for a new “normal” is a guess at best, as fear/anxiety has strange ways of bringing about unexpected changes in our behavior, routines, habits which are all under constant strain. As we are getting ready for a long haul in the fight against Coronavirus, we wish you a healthy and stress-free life. Stay Home and Stay Safe!!

    Our approach to COVID-19 response:


    By the end of lock-down 4.0, we have made following Impact:


    SuperCyclone Amphan - Raising the Stakes

    While battling the deadly Coronavirus spread, eastern coastal states; Odisha and West Bengal got double whammy with the Super-Cyclone Amphan hitting both the states with deadly fury. The fiercest cyclone ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal affected the delicate ecosystem of Sundarbans the most, leaving millions of people depending on its bio-diversity, in a predicament. The super-cyclone Amphan shattered many lives by destroying standing crops, damaging boats, cattle-sheds & houses, uprooting electric poles/trees, and leaving people without power/water for days. Millions of people lost their livelihood overnight, and farmlands were inundated in saline seawater ruling out any possibility of cultivation in the near future. Water-logging in many areas as well as draining of waste, including medical waste in ponds, has made it a potential COVID-19 hotspot adding to the misery.

    In such miserable condition, Sewa International is working closely with its on-ground volunteers and partners, in Alipuduar, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapur districts to provide relief by distributing basic ration kits(rice, oil, dals, drinking water, soap, etc) for the affected, and 1000+ tarpaulins to cover the broken roofs/walls. Our volunteers are helping in rebuilding their homes and are working hard to bring their life back to normalcy.

    We need your support to help our brethren recover from the twin tragedies of Coronavirus and Amphan.

    Salute to Covid Heroes

    Smt. Subhadra Rani firmly believes in karma and has always stood by what is right. When Subhadra heard about lockdown news, she realized that she needed to help locals; mostly migrants workers who were already suffering from joblessness and now their families were finding it difficult even to get food for survival and immediately decided to do something about it. She along with her husband started the closed kitchen of Pakka Nellore restaurant and prepared fresh food daily under the guidance of Sewa International. Since, the start of lockdown, she and her team of dedicated volunteers has served fresh food on each and every day "non-stop" with more than 45,000 meals to poor families of migrant workers (from Orissa, UP and Maharashtra) mostly labor, disabled people, homeless people on the road and other needy families who are not able to earn their bread due to lockdown. She has served fresh food not only to stranded workers but also to neglected stray animals like dogs, cows with more than 59,500 servings.

    Smt. Subhadra shared that it was not easy at all in the beginning, however with the love and support from people she was able to drive the initiative throughout. There were initial hiccups in terms of getting permission amid lock-down, identification of migrant worker families, arranging funds for getting food materials, packing cooked food etc. However, her strong will and perseverance has made her achieve all she could do for these needy people. She takes pride in serving the humanity and her deeds inspires us to do more and more each time.

    In her own words, she says “I don’t feel it’s very great work. its every individual's responsibility towards our nation and our people in these tough times. We can fulfill the responsibility with great ease and motivation from our elders”.

    Alok Singh, a successful engineer and an entrepreneur, decided to do more during the lock-down situation in Lucknow and emerged as a real Covid Hero. He has been selflessly working to serve the people in distress ever since 1st lockdown was announced. As soon as he realized the problems of daily wagers who were jobless, he offered them direct cash transfer upto to Rs. 300 for a daily meal to support their families. Till now, he has transferred cash money to more than 100 such families. Additionally, he fed thousands of daily wagers and migrant workers who left towards their home and most of them were bare foot on highways. He along with his team provided them with fresh cooked meal, water, and juice to make their journey bearable.

    As the lock-down moved ahead in phased manner, Alok designed his own sanitization tunnel and cabins for mass sanitation. Later, these were installed at number of public places. He also designed his own Personal Protective Equipment kits (PPE) Kit with the help of his friends approved by DRDO and made available in the market at an affordable rate. With the help of Sewa International, he also distributed hand sanitizers and masks at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Lucknow, which was a COVID-19 center.

    Alok Singh who also runs his own non- profit organization called Sarvebhyo Foundation, believes that serving the needy is the responsibility of each and every human being. Putting humanity first, he was able to help migrants and vulnerable people with meals, dry ration, footwears at Highways, Bus-Stops, Railway Stations, Temporary shelters and at Borders. He embodies the spirit of "Sewa" in its true sense, and his Selfless Efforts are an inspiration for us all in these testing times.

    Lieutenant Commander, Saurabh Dubey, an Indian Navy Officer who is not only guarding the marine borders but also our citizens in the times of Coronavirus crisis. Lt. Dubey had come on leave in Mar 2020, for overseeing a medical condition at home, when he got stuck in the Lockdown and couldn't return. It is then this karma yogi officer who is protecting our seas from harm's way, now also decided to discharge his duty towards his fellow citizens. After the nation went on lockdown, the families of daily wage workers, migrant workers, and people on the street were affected the most. He realized that these people need food to survive the situation. He got together a team of a few volunteers to set up a community kitchen at Hide Out Cafe in Gomtinagar and started serving the people. Soon, more noble hands came together and they maximize their capacity to help more and more stranded workers, all with their own expenses or with the support of local community,

    The officer and his team has already served many thousands of fresh food packets to needy people (that contains biryani/poori bhaji, water and bananas) stranded at various locations across the city. Even after Lockdown got over, he still wishes to continue feeding as many hungry people as possible so that none has to sleep with an empty stomach.

    Navy Officer, Lt. Cdr. Dubey has set an example of “Service before Self”.

    PadmaShree Awardee, Shri Ramkishore Chippa Derawala is a master-artisan in traditional bagru and dabu hand block-printing with natural dyes. Bagru and Dabu prints on fabrics like Madhya Pradesh’s mulberry silk, Andhra khadi and Mangalgiri, Shri. Derawala has brought new life to these fabrics. His work is acknowledged world-wide and received love & respect from everyone.

    Shri. Derawala is very close to his artisan community and has great respect for their hard work. That's why, when lockdown was enforced he couldn't see his brothers, sisters, children sleep hungry as most of them were out of work. The situation of the migrant workers and day wagers trained in traditional block-printing based on vegetable dyes as well as those who used to work in factories, small enterprises, was pitiable as they became jobless due to lockdown. Several families were sleeping hungry in their homes, and those who couldn't pay the rent were on roads, bus stands, railway stations, and state borders.

    Shri. Derawala distributed more than 800 food packets every day, since the lockdown was announced, to these underprivileged families and helping them out as real guardian. He had contributed his own money and along with the support of his relatives, friends and also NGOs like Sewa International, he has managed to serve people when they needed the most. Shri. Derawala proves that age is just a number and one needs to have the compassion and will to perform, to serve the humnaity. He is indeed a real inspiration for all of us in today's tough times.

    Endorsement by Celebrities - Covid-19 Relief Work

    Shaan, one of the most popular and loved Indian playback singer appreciated the work done by Sewa International for fighting the Coronavirus Crisis and expressed his gratitude to our front-line health workers who are working selflessly and standing like a wall between us and Coronavirus. In a short video which was widely shared on social media, he acknowledged the contributions and efforts of our NRI (Non Resident Indians) and PIO (Person of India Origin) for their resolve to help their local communities and fellow citizens during this hour of need. The versatile singer emphasized that our strong Indian Values and eternal Bhartiya Sanskriti, is the force that guides our efforts to help other affected nations with medical aid, despite suffering ourselves. With Indian Diaspora spread world-wide, his message acted as a catalyst, leading to many more people joining hands with Sewa International in various countries, for fighting Coronavirus.

    We thank Shaan for coming forward and spreading the message to bring all hands together.

    PadmaShree Kailash Kher, famous Indian Playback singer and a music composer, dedicated his music for spreading hope and positivity to first responders and health workers. He performed an online live music concert for Real Heroes and Fighters from the healthcare sector and shared few anecdotes of his music and the spiritual journey. He appreciated sincere efforts made by Sewa International teams in USA & India to deal with current situation. The dynamic singer saluted the efforts made by Sewa International’s team and volunteers who are putting their lives at risk to help fellow citizens. He further assured all assistance in spreading the message to join our efforts to help in these trying times.

    Sanjana Sanghi, an Indian actress showed her solidarity for our #Task4Mask campaign via beautiful video message on social media. #Task4Mask initiative was started to promote self-reliance in producing home-made masks in line with government's efforts during the current situation. Our volunteers across Uttarakhand, Delhi, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tripura are working towards the initiative and have produced more than 100,000 masks till date for the marginalized communities and essential service providers. The motive of this initiative is generate home-made masks for fellow citizens to fight spread of Coronavirus as well as to create livelihood opportunities for women volunteers engaged in this program.

    Realizing the importance of the cause, Sanjana came forward to join hands in fundraising for the Self-help Groups of Sewa Uttarkhand team. In her short video message on social media, she shared the problems of our SHG women living in Uttarakhand, and praised their efforts to help during COVID-19. She also expressed her concern about the health workers, daily wagers, and the migrant workers in Uttarakhand. The actress urged the audience to donate generously and help these women in sustaining their life in this hour of need.

    We are thankful to Sanjana for her kind words and support she has provided to take this movement #Task4Mask forward.


    Media Coverage - Covid-19 Efforts

    Sewa International was featured in various media platforms. Work performed by Sewa International teams and volunteers was highly appreciated in National/International media world-wide.

    Sewa Aarogyam - Serving people in Covid times

    Sewa Aarogyam (Mobile Medical Van), our healthcare initiative provides medical support(consultation, diagnosis and medicines) to people living in far-off villages of Rudraprayag and Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. The service were halted during the ongoing pandemic situation. The COVID-19 had instilled fear and panic among the local community. There were several impediments due to the lock-down situation such as lack of transportation, money and medical facilities for these people in mountains.

    We resumed Mobile Medical Van operations after lockdown 3.0 in mid-May, with due permission from local authorities. It was very necessary to resume our services as the patients living in far-flung villages were being deprived of medical treatment and services. Strict measures were followed as instructed by local authorities to run such program. Protocol that we follow for any case- screen the patient via infrared thermometer; the patient is then allowed to consult a doctor; during the consultation, social distancing is being practiced. The team is well equipped with the Coronavirus safety kit e.g. PPE Kit, gloves, mask, sanitizer, safety cap, etc.

    We haven't yet got permission to hold camps inside the villages, but still we are trying to provide medical assistance to those in need by reaching out to them. During one of the camp on 25th May, 14 people were found COVID positive. They were then referred to district hospitals.

    Our humble journey during the COVID-19 situation during May 2020:

    By the end of May, a total of 13 camps were organized by our team.

    More than 345 patients were treated from both Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts in 13 camps.

    With the help of ASHA workers, 26 ANC patients were given free lab tests.

    Free masks were distributed to people from rural areas and were made aware symptoms and precautions required to fight with Corona.

    Stringent hygiene guidelines were followed for each staff and patient being treated at our MMV.

    Hygiene programs were conducted for children and women.

  • 7 May 2020 8:35 AM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    Coronavirus pandemic has left us all dumbfounded. Its incredible that the smallest living thing, a virus (which can’t even be treated as alive unless in a medium), has wreaked so much of chaos and destruction globally to the other end of the evolution, Human Species, which boasts itself to control not only its own destiny but that of entire life on earth. 

    Four months have passed since the Coronavirus contagion began, but amazingly we are still as clueless about this horrible disease, if not more. This is a cruel but timely reminder to all humanity to accept its position as a part, and not as the master of Mother Nature. With cleaner air, water, blooming wildlife and cacophony of birds, nature is all there for us to look and cherish, but sadly for the price to be paid is that humans need to be locked up, so that nature can flourish. 

    We have all the resources and means to reverse our deathly march to extinction, which is all but certain due to our materialistic desires of consuming all that is left on earth.  Coronavirus pandemic ironically, has given all of us a second chance to seriously ponder and think about our priorities and beliefs, which have been marred in the lifelong pursuit of wealth accumulation at any cost. We need to revisit our socio-economic model to include Mother Nature as the most important stakeholder in all our decisions going forward. This is a huge opportunity to go for Green Economy and create the new jobs that the world desperately needs while sustaining earth.

    Sewa International through its team, volunteers and International Associates world-wide has reached out to millions of Coronavirus affected people. This month we are highlighting a few of those impactful programs which are still ongoing as the whole world is united in fighting the deadly disease.

    We would like to humbly request you to continue holding our hands, guiding us and work together to come out victorious from this Chakravyuh laid by this disease by collaborating together on the path of Selfless Service.

    Major initiatives for COVID-19 Response

    • Coronavirus Awareness programs via Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Website, YouTube etc. Reached 40K+ audience on social media.
    • Conducting online webinars on handling Health, Wealth, Crisis as well as learning Yoga, Sanskrit Speaking and many other topics while staying at home. 
    • Distribution of Covid19 Stay@Home Kits to migrant laborers, daily wagers and poor families. The kit consists of essentials like dry ration (rice, flour, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil etc), home supplies (soaps, sanitizer, detergents), masks .
    • Preparing homemade masks for poor families as well as essential service provider workers like food vendors, police personnel, cleaners.
    • Supplying PPE Kits, N95 Masks, Sanitizers to hospitals or medical centres. Proper  PPE  kits  (includes gown, gloves,  head cover,  eye protection,  face shield, mask,  respirators, and shoe cover)  and  N95 respirators for our first responders namely doctors, nurses, attendants, janitors and other Medical Staff.
    • Supporting community kitchens to supply freshly cooked food to families that have been evicted from their homes, homeless and workers without any provision for cooking as they relied on roadside vendors.
    • Engaging digital volunteers as well as on ground to help with reaching out to beneficiaries for distribution of relief kits and fresh food.
    • Engaging with NITI Aayog (Women Entrepreneurship Cell) and various foundations like NASSCOM Foundation, United Way Mumbai and many others, to help reach out to the needy.


    Volunteers of Sewa International distributed Stay@Home kit that contains dry ration, vegetables and other essentials to 250+ families of migrant labors as well as fruit juice packets for kids. The distribution happened in and around areas of North-East and East Delhi.Some of the areas covered were Mandoli Industrial Area, Bhagirathi Vihar, Sanjay Colony, Harsh Vihar, Nand Nagri, Mandoli, Saboli Khada, Loni Road, Ashok Nagar E D block, Murti Shilpkar Basti, Janta Colony, Subhash Park, Rehman Building, Shahdara, Kalander Colony, Dilshad Garden, Leprosy Colony, Seemapuri, Old Seemapuri, Anand Vihar railway line, Bhola Nath Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Lalita Park, Labour Chowk.

    These homeless migrants are mostly from Uttar Pradesh and are dependent on odd job work for their daily wages. Poverty forced them to move to Delhi looking for livelihood opportunity but lockdown has left them in a precarious situation. They even lack the ration cards in most cases, as their locality is not recognized, leaving them with no options. The food ration delivered by our volunteers would help them survive until lock-down is there.


    Sewa Uttarakhand has been working to deliver essential food supplies and sensitizing people about maintaining physical distance and hygiene during the lockdown.The migrant laborers in different parts of the country are stranded and out of work, while the demand for masks increased as the government has made masks compulsory for everyone.

    Nepali migrant workers are critical to the local construction industry(road, building, etc) and help drive the local economy of Uttarakhand. But, being temporary workers, they are hard to trace as most of them are not registered in state records so don’t get any benefits also, resulting in the pitiable situation due to the sudden lock-down. Sensing the humanitarian crisis, Sewa International Uttarakhand quickly formed a team along with local volunteers and started working with the Local State Administration to identify potential victims. We distributed Stay@Home Kits and Home-made masks to more than 250 marginalized families, including 55 Nepali migrant families especially to roadside daily wage laborers, old-age and disabled people, while sharing safety and prevention measures against Coronavirus.We covered 50+ Villages and 1 quarantine center (Gaucher Polytechnic Institute, District Chamoli) across Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts. We have also provided our Medical Support vehicle and 2 Paramedics to the State Govt for enhancing their immediate response system. Sewa Uttarakhand is distributing food relief packets to those living in the slums of Dehradun.

    #Task4Mask- Let's Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

    ‘Task4Mask’ is the campaign to promote the importance of wearing masks in public as well as raise funds for helping women earn basic wages as they make cloth-based masks at home. A worker can produce an average of 40-50 masks per day and can help support their families as well, as many of their families are dependent on daily wages. A minimum daily wage for these women is raised through this campaign, to support those who support the nation in catastrophic times.

    The very essence of our Self Help Groups in Uttarakhand is about the stories of these women, coming forward in times of crisis, to provide their service to the community. The cumulative strength of SHGs has come forward to help people with masks and sanitizers since the lockdown was first announced on 23rd March, to help the migrant workers from Nepal and Bihar, working in Uttarakhand, get essential commodities to get through this time. Around 50 women from our SHGs in Chamoli & Rudraprayag districts are making masks for the government and essential service providers. Besides, Uttarakhand, we have expanded this program to our women tailors in Kutch (Gujarat), volunteers in Kanchanpur(Tripura), women laborers in Delhi NCR region, men/women home-based tailoring in Alipurdar(West Bengal) and plan to expand to many other regions.

    Masks can play a vital role in containing the pandemic to the maximum extent. While the government has made masks mandatory, the women from our SHGs are already on the task to prepare them, while keeping the guidelines in mind. The masks are made from cotton or cotton-blend material, considering the guidelines provided by OPSA as they prevent contaminated droplets from asymptomatic people. These are reasons enough for our community to gear up and prepare for the war ahead, and the women are the frontline warriors in it. People in hilly, tribal and North-East region of our country are majorly dependent upon tourism season for income generation, but from travel to the hotel sector, people are out of work this year due to the coronavirus lockdown. Coming from families, dependent upon daily wages as their primary source of income, these women are working 8 hours a day to make a living through this initative. For every mask sold, the help is going to one of the families of these women and a worker from the textile sector as well.


    Sewa International volunteers in Hyderabad are relentlessly working towards vulnerable families. A community kitchen has been set up in collaboration with Pakka Nellore kitchen, and a team of dedicated volunteers is helping us out to prepare fresh food on daily basis and distribute them among low-income families of migrant workers(from Orissa and Maharashtra), labor, disabled people, homeless people on the road and other needy families who are not able to earn their bread due to lockdown.The distribution was started on 27th Mar 2020 with a small team, and since then we have served more than 30,000 families with fresh food on a daily basis. We are moving around to identify needy people, and so far covered areas – Kondapur, Shaikpet, Masidbanda, Sai krishnand hills, Miyapur, Madanpur Police Station area, Mossapet, Vasanth Nagar construction sites, pranathi Nagar. Till date 30,000+ meals served under #LetsFeedThePoor.

    We are also feeding the stray dogs and cows on a daily basis. Every day we are covering around 40 to 50 stray Dogs/Cows and feed them with Curd Rice & Bananas, so far reached out to more than 1200 strays.


    Sewa International volunteers in Hyderabad are relentlessly working towards vulnerable families. A community kitchen has been set up in collaboration with Pakka Nellore kitchen, and a  team of dedicated volunteers is helping us out to prepare fresh food on daily basis and distribute them among low-income families of migrant workers(from Orissa and Maharashtra), labor, disabled people, homeless people on the road and other needy families who are not able to earn their bread due to lockdown.The distribution was started on 27th Mar 2020 with a small team, and since then we have served more than 30,000 families with fresh food on a daily basis. We are moving around to identify needy people, and so far covered areas – Kondapur,  Shaikpet,  Masidbanda, Sai krishnand  hills, Miyapur, Madanpur  Police  Station  area,  Mossapet, Vasanth  Nagar construction sites, pranathi Nagar. Till date 30,000+ meals served under #LetsFeedThePoor.
    We are also feeding the stray dogs and cows on a daily basis. Every day we are covering around 40 to 50 stray Dogs/Cows and feed them with Curd Rice & Bananas, so far reached out to more than 1200 strays.

    More than 300 fresh Food packets were distributed in slums in and around Bangalore, that has a high population of daily wage workers, auto drivers, industrial workers, and small vendors. Daily supply of milk packets to 3000+ families in collaboration with BBMP (Bangalore Bruhat Mahanagara Palike) in and around the Sunkenahalli area is being carried out. More than 500 Stay@Home Kits were distributed in and around Sanyasikunte slum, KG nagar, Chamarajpet, Guttahalli, RK mutt layout, Kempegowdannagar, Laggare slum region. A team of dedicated volunteers has helped us carry out all relief activities and we are adding more volunteers.


    Our team of volunteers is actively working in Alipurduar, West Bengal, and North Bengal region. Condition of local tea-garden labors is pitiable as the gardens were closed almost a couple of years back. Locals were generally dependent on the forest to cater to their daily needs like wood, fruit, vegetable etc. We are distributing Stay@Home kits to tea-garden labors in Bandapani, Jai Birpara, Birpara, Dalgao, Deklapara, Patkapara in Shishujumra GP, Madarihat Block, Alipurduar, and other West Bengal region to help sustain the current situation. We have distributed more than 1200 Stay@Home kits that contain dry ration (atta, rice, soap, masks, potato, oil, etc) items. We are also making 50,000+ homemade masks to be distributed among the local tribals and slums as well as supplied to affected cities of WB. So far, we have distributed more than 8000 masks already in the rural and slum areas as per the need.


    Sewa International Kutch team along with women volunteers (trainees at our SIDDC, Jiyapar, Kutch) are producing cotton-blend home-made masks at their home. More than 15000 masks have been produced so far by 15 women trainees working from home or at the centre. With surging demand for home-made masks especially for visitors with patients and essential service providers, we serviced the 12,000 masks request for hospitals in Hyderabad. We are receiving more demands for home-made masks across the country and we are trying to increase our capacity to cater to the current need.


    Sewa International volunteer team working on producing homemade cotton, reusable masks. More than 2000 masks produced and distributed to SDM office, SDPO office, SBI bank staff and other essential service providers in Kanchanpur Sub-Division. Our team along with volunteers distributed 50 Stay@Home Kits to poor families of labor, rickshaw puller, daily wager workers in Laljuri block, Kanchanpur Sub-Division.Another 40 families in Salkaham, Chandpur village, Kanchanpur Sub- Division were helped with Stay@Home Kit. Our volunteers are helping local administration (SDM, Kanchanpur office) for door to door ration delivery. Whatsapp group that has administration people, volunteers, gram sarpanch & chairman is also helping us to identify needy families in remote, interiors regions who are not getting any help in current situation.

    To help ensure the social distancing as well as ensure that the movement is restricted, our team is working with local administration by manning checkpoints and barriers in Kanchanpur area.


    International Associates of Sewa International have been working steadfastly in their respective countries helping the local as well as non-resident Indian community, despite being driven almost solely by volunteer efforts. In more than 15 countries including USA, UK, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan etc, Sewa International is supporting Covid-19 related relief work by supplying home and food supplies, fresh home-cooked food, medicines/masks to needy, travel/errands assistance to elders, visa/job help to Indian students and running helplines to reach out to the most affected people. We are proud to showcase few of the efforts in the following sections.


    Responding to the Coronavirus and its aftermath, Sewa International USA immediately started the initiative after the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11, 2020, declared novel Coronavirus Outbreak as a pandemic. Team of volunteers in 20 major cities in the US are working long hours to Essential commodities distributed by Sewa International USA Team ensure a formidable community response. In the fight against the deadly Coronavirus, Sewa International USA has undertaken the following,

    Sewa USA has engaged more than 3000 volunteers in COVID-19 Relief work.

    Reached out to 1000+ community organizations through the Sewa Sankalpa Campaign.

    40+ Plasma Donors have already registered through Plasma Online Portal.

    50+ Organizations are mobilized to support Food Banks.

    Amount of USD 500,000+ has been raised for COVID-19 relief efforts.

    200+ volunteers are already trained for the COVID-19 Relief work.

    150+ international students are provided support for accommodation, food groceries, travel, etc.

    600+ Food Deliveries done to caregivers, doctors, senior citizens, etc.

    50+ families supported by the medical, funeral, hospitalization cases, etc.

    The guidance and support are been given to the 50+ physicians & attorneys.

    67+ Webinars are already conducted on various topics and have covered 75000+ viewers.

    20000+ viewers have been reached out via social media.

    8 Covid-19 Helpline Centers available 24*7 has already answered 650+ calls and 500+ WhatsApp enquires related to medical & health Issues, grocery & food requests, travel related info, other general inquiries, immigration/visa Issues, and volunteering.

    The distribution of 30,000+ N95/KN95/Clinical masks, 10,000+ Homemade Masks, 500+ Liters of Sanitizer, 4500+ Hot meals & food kits, and $80,000 amount has been donated to food partners.


    Sewa UK along with INSA, FISI and SewaDay brought the resources together to provide immediate help to the distraught Indian students, elders, vulnerable local communities in the following ways,

    Help Your Neighbor: This campaign focuses on an individual level where we ask everyone to tell their neighbors and friends that they are willing to help. It starts by simply sharing a graphic and calling their nearest& dearest to ensure they know that there is somebody they can reach out to if they need help during the difficult weeks ahead.

    Replenish the Food banks: Food banks are receiving less than half their normal donations but demand has gone up by a staggering 300%. Many food banks couldn't cope and have simply closed down. SewaDay took on the challenge and has worked tirelessly to restock a growing number of food banks. Working with partner charities, supermarkets and other corporate donors our volunteers have also provided for homeless/womens shelters and the Salvation Army.

    Care for the Carer: Looking after our front liners is of utmost importance, but we have a unique system where hospitals tell us what they need and our fantastic volunteers work tirelessly to source it: From snacks drinks. Face masks to the increasing demand for hand creams and furniture for doctor rest rooms, we work hard to source and fund what is required. Already serving 26 hospitals and growing, other organizations use us to as a key link to access front liners

    Progress Update-

    Till date 6000+ meals served and 268+ accommodation offered.

    36+ hospital services has been given to the needy.

    2400+ volunteers are engaged for COVID-19 Relief work.

    24+ Foodbanks has been replenished.


    Under the COVID-19 Relief Work, volunteers and healthcare team of Sewa International TT (Trinidad and Tobago) are doing extensive campaigns to ensure safety for all. Following are the initiatives taken:

    Webinars conducted to address the potential impact of novel corona virus disease,

    Public awareness campaign launched in social networking sites,

    Mask-making and distribution among the deprived population,

    Free live-streaming of Yoga classes for everyone to reduce stress and stay healthy,

    70+ volunteers are working for making homemade mask,

    20000 masks targeted and 7000+ masks distributed so far.


    Sewa International Australia along with its partner organizations has ramped-up the fight against deadly coronavirus in earnest. It is giving priority for the safety and wellness of elderly people amid Coronavirus outbreak. Team of volunteers from Sewa Australia and its partner organizations are now actively engaged in providing support to the people who are affected by Coronavirus pandemic in the following manner:

    Spreading awareness against Coronavirus spread,

    Serving food packets to the needy at their doorstep,

    Supplying essential medicines to the vulnerable families,

    Helpline numbers for medical support, counselling and accommodation support for people who have lost jobs.


    Sewa International Canada stepped in immediately in response to an appeal from the Consulate General of India, Toronto, seeking help from any quarter, to help alleviate the crisis faced by a large number of Indian International Students in Canada. It released CAD $5,000 of its funds immediately for “International Students Aid” project to start helping on the ground to bring relief to the needy at the earliest. Its network of volunteers and community partners have decided to pitch in and provide the needy students with the following aid.

    Guidance/Counselling with help of qualified professionals & practitioners in the community.

    Supply of food items/cooked food and over-the-counter medications.

    Any other emergency or unforeseen scenario – on a case-by-case basis.

    Connecting with community volunteers in their respective cities for local support – health & wellness.

    India has achieved some success in controlling the spread of COVID-19. In comparison to other countries, the situation in India is still under control, but it doesn't mean that we become complacent. India is not yet ready to re-open, meanwhile states are set to continue lockdowns that had been imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The only way to control the virus is through social distancing and taking care of those affected by following quarantine guidelines.

    We are sincerely obligated and grateful to our Donors, Supporters & Volunteers, who have helped us during difficult times. It is only with your trust, we have reached so far. It is our humble appeal to all fellow citizens to come forward and support us at this time. You can contribute as a volunteer, as a professional (Doctors, Healthcare workers, etc.) and financial/kind support.

    Let’s maintain the Social Distancing and take care of each other.

    We are in this Together & We will Overcome this Together.

  • 8 Apr 2020 5:15 PM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    The world as we know it will never be the same. Coronavirus pandemic has hit rich and poor nations alike and is spreading like wildfire, causing millions of infections and more than 55,000 deaths till date. With its spread in India intensifying in the past month, our volunteers and partner organizations have been working steadfastly to provide face masks, Covid-19 Stay@Home kit containing basic food ration, medicines, sanitation materials etc, freshly prepared food and helping elderly people with their tasks. All this work despite the lockdown restrictions, risking their lives, though they take all recommended precautions, to ensure that the marginalized and vulnerable among us are not left behind.

    In March, we too had our moments, as we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March in Uttarakhand, with more than 9000 village women participating in 7 locations in different clusters of Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. This was much before WHO declared Covid-19 as pandemic and Coronavirus was recognized as a health threat in India. All locations reported unprecedented support from the local community, and were among the highest gatherings ever there, without any celebrity to draw the crowds. With the news trickling in at that time on Corona’s detection in India, none of us could have imagined the destruction caused by the virus worldwide in the following weeks. With the lockdown in force till 14th April 2020, our field operations are all but stopped, as Covid-19 relief work is required in some locations, in association with the local administration. We all need to follow the social distancing and coronavirus prevention guidelines in all sincerity, not only for ourselves but for the safety of our loved ones. We strongly recommend using face masks (cloth, surgical, N95 etc), whenever out of our home to prevent the spread. This has been the single most effective way to control the spread as seen in countries who have effectively dealt with the Coronvirus spread, including Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

    Most importantly, thanks a lot for your support for our Covid-19 prevention campaigns to reach to the most needy at this hour and entrusting us with your hard-earned money. We highly value your support and want to assure you that we will surely come out of this crisis stronger and better than ever.

    Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

    Sewa International has launched a campaign to provide COVID-19 Stay@Home Kit to help the migrant and daily wagers’ families. The Kit provides different resources such as Food Materials, Essential Medicines, Sanitation/Hygiene Kit and Homemade Reusable Face Mask, depending on the needs. For as little as Rs.1000, one can help reach out to a needy daily wager/migrant family with the survival essentials. Along with this, Sewa International volunteers are also continuously spreading awareness on the precautions to be taken for the prevention of Covid-19.

    As part of the above initiative, Sewa volunteers distributed food materials like atta, rice, potatoes, and fruit juices to migrants from Mahoba, UP staying around the Ashok Nagar area in Delhi. These landless migrants from UP were dependent on odd jobs/labor work for their daily wages. Poverty forced them to move to Delhi looking for livelihoods, but the lockdown left them in precarious situations. They even lacked the ration cards as their locality was not recognized, leaving them with no options. The food ration delivered by our volunteers would help them survive until the lockdown is over. Likewise, Sewa volunteers from Bangalore are distributing the food packet to the needy on a daily basis. They are collectively raising funds from individuals and the community to serve the hungry.

    Starting 27 March 2020, Sewa volunteer, Smt Subhadra is organizing free tiffins delivery for the migrant and daily wagers in Hyderabad area. For the purpose, the kitchen of a nearby restaurant, Pakka Nellore, which was closed due to lockdown, was utilized and their cooks prepared free freshly cooked food for the stuck migrant workers.The food packets were carried to the needy with the permission of local administration. Subhadra along with many well-wishers and volunteers is planning to run this kitchen everyday till lockdown is there. Local Municipal Corporation has also come forward and identified few locations with migrant workers and requested her to supply at least 1000 packs everyday. On the first day, 227 food packets were distributed to needy people in three different localities as mentioned below,

    • Daily wage workers from Orissa at Kondapur Bikshapathi Nagar (72 food packets)
    • People with disability and old people staying near the roadside of Shaikpet, MG Nagar (120 food packets)
    • Masidbanda area construction workers from Maharashtra (26 food packets)
    • Roadside people (11 food packets)

    Till 31 March 2020, more than 3100 food packets were distributed among the underprivileged people stranded due to lockdown. Subhadra’s initiative is inspiring for us all and she is truly a CovidHero!!

    Sewa International through its Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) centers in Uttrakhand is continuously working in the region to minimize the risk of CoronaVirus. Presently, Uttarakhand is relatively unaffected with Covid-19 patients in single digits, but in order to minimize the risk level, PMKK staff are contributing as much as they can. On 30 March, the PMKK staff of Tehri Garhwal, Birendra, Ravinder, Pushpendra and Rajendra collected some amount of money, and distributed masks and gloves to the Shop keepers, Police Officers and staff of MCD. During the distribution drive, they created awareness on Coronavirus pandemic and ways to curb it.

    Also, 10 students of Home Health Aid job-role of PMKK Tehri, volunteered in the emergency ward of a government hospital. They donated their time and knowledge to the patients, and promised to be available in case the need arises in hospital to help Covid-19 patients.

    The volunteers/trainees in Kutch, Gujarat, and Kanchanpur, Tripura are producing homemade masks for support staff at healthcare centers, police, bank and other government officials on duty. Recently, Sewa Centre in Kutch, Gujarat got an order from aHyderabd hospital to prepare reusable masks to prevent Corona spread from patients/support staff to others. Similarly, 200 homemade masks were delivered at the SDM office in Tripura for Government Staff, and 60 masks were given to SDPO Kanchanpur.

    To counter Coronavirus spread, Sewa is planning to launch a campaign to make large number of reusable masks by engaging the vast majority of home-based women workforce available in our country with the support of it s volunteers and partner organizations. This initiative will help women to earn a basic living, while contributing to the fight against Covid-19.

    Since the month of February, when Coronavirus started to show its initial footprints in USA, Sewa International USA( has been actively working on the ground to combat the pandemic situation. Sewa USA has established a Non-Medical helpline in different areas of the USA, i.e South West (281) 909-7392, West Coast (203) 872-7392, East Coast (302) 330-7392and Mid-West (708) 972-7392. It also released USD 10,000 to run its 24X7 helpline and coronavirus awareness campaigns through a team of 20 physicians to provide information & resources for Covid-19 to the public and helping international students by connecting them to doctors, assisting with accommodation/meals. Sewa is also helping seniors/elders/disabled people in the community with medical advice, grocery/meals along withcontinuously organizing “virtual organizing meetings” and webinars in various cities to educate community leaders about how they can help during this crisis.

    In response to the COVID-19, Sewa International is providing thousands of masks, gloves and personal protective supplies to medical professions and other workers who need to go out into the community to run essential services. Over 400 volunteers in 20 major cities in the country are working long hours to ensure a formidable community response at this crucial time. Local businesses and medical professionals are offering their services to the community through Sewa International. It has also established various chapters across the country that are working with the Indian Embassy and consulates to help families obtain visas to travel to India in emergency situations. The Sewa USA team has started donation campaign to support individuals and families in the United States and has recently launched “Sewa Sankalpacampaign” to bring together Dharma and Sewa (service) organizations in the USA to commit to a Sewa Sankalpa or Pledge for Service to care for your community members by providing necessary non-Medical COVID-19 support.

    Fyunli Kauthig – Celebration of International Women’s Day
    (Rudraprayag & Chamoli)

    For over a hundred years now, March 8 is celebrated each year by UN as the International Women’s Day to put the spotlight on the achievements of women in social, economic and political arenas. For the last 4 years, Sewa International has been celebrating this day as Fyunli Kauthig (Onset of Spring/Spring Festival), in the lap of Himalayas ie, Uttarakhand, for honoring women in Garhwal region of Himalayas and their immense contribution to society. In previous editions, we have been organizing this event at only one location bringing all the women from far-off places in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts, which led to many women who couldn’t join the event. To overcome that limitation as well as increase community participation, we decided to make it a decentralized event by organizing the event in 7 different locations ie. Tapovan, Simli, Urgam, Chandrapuri, Narayankoti, Pokhari and Makkumath clusters of Garhwal Region in Uttarakhand.

    More than 9000 participants were there from far and remote areas of the Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts for the event at their respective locations. The theme for this year was: “Meru Gaon, Meru Kauthig” meaning “My Village, My Festival” with the idea to recognize and acknowledge the women’s returning back to the roots and taking the lead in the development of the society. The event encouraged community ownership by involving the community people to take lead in planning and implementing the solutions which are bottom to top.

    During the event, Sewa acknowledged contributions of total 36 women achievers working at the grassroots in various fields like Health, Education, Culture, Sports, Tourism, Leadership, Livelihood, Ayurveda and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from various clusters. National and internationally renowned women personalities were invited as Distinguished Guests for the program to encourage the community and share the success stories. Various competitive sports were organized for the participants and the products from Himsampada and SKVK were showcased in all the clusters during the event. The festivities revived the culture & tradition of Uttarakhand through folk dances, plays and storytelling activities.

    We thank ONGC Foundation for supporting this year’s event and making it a huge success.

    Road Safety Program – Safe Roads, Safe Kids (Hyderabad)

    Road safety is the prevention and protection of road accidents by using all the road safety measures. It is to secure people while traveling on the roads. It is to make safe all the road users. According to the study of The Economic Times, India ranks 1st in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries reported in the World Road Statistics, 2018 followed by China and the US. As per the WHO Global Report on Road Safety 2018, India accounts for almost 11% of the accident-related deaths in the World. The traffic violations related to driving on the wrong side of the road, the use of mobile phones, drunken driving, etc. are the main reason for the increase in road accidents.

    Considering the Road Safety as one of the serious problems, starting November 2019 Sewa International with the support of United Way Mumbai, implemented the program “The Global Road Safety Education Program for New Generation, in 5 schools of Hyderabad covering 1000 students, to engage latter as ambassadors of road safety and create school-level behavioral change. The program was created by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) which works globally through a proven “public-private- civil society” partnership model to contribute to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

    The 13 weeks module comprised a series of 4 learning modules i.e. Opening module, Knowledge Module, Creativity Module, and Implementation module. These 4 modules were built upon each other and were closely related to the 4 didactic steps. Every module contained core exercises that can be combined with additional exercises. The program trained 1000 Children from 5 schools in Moosapet and Kondapur with around 200 students from each school engaged for 2 hrs/week for 13 weeks.

    Maharashtra Flood Rehab 2019 – School Construction

    In our last month Sewa Sandesh, we had shared about the work progress of our School Rebuilding Project in Maharashtra. The project was implemented by Sewa International in collaboration with United Way Mumbai and funded by ASK Foundation in the flood-affected schools after the devastating flood and heavy rain of 2019 in Maharashtra. Our team visited these schools on 3-4 March along with United Way team, and Shri Siddharth Iyer of ASK Foundation and were pleasantly surprised to see the work progress there. Under this project, all the remaining work of painting, fabrication, cement, electric, toilet repair and furniture work of Shree Datta Vdiya Mandir, Narsobawadi, Shirol, and Secondary Ashram School, Dhanwad, Shirol has been completed. A touch of wall art has been done for the whole school. All the deterioration caused by the flood in the structure of the school has patched up and repaired by filling the cement in the cracks and damaged areas. Overall all the schools are completed renovated and are now ready for regulating its daily curriculum.

    Toilet & Hygiene Project for a Girl Child

    All the ongoing projects of Toilet & Hygiene are on hold due to the current pandemic Corona. Due to lockdown imposed since 23rd March, all over the country, the implementation of the Toilet & Hygiene Project in particular locations has been delayed. However, in the month of March only the Karnataka Project showed some progress. For this project, Sewa International did need analysis post-flood in North Karnataka in December 2019 and is being sponsored by United Way of Mumbai.

    Under this project following progress has been made:
    Location: Adibetti Badawane, Gokak-

    • 80% work of Repairing of existing Toilets & Urinals at Adibetti Badawane, Gokak is completed. Under this, the work of flooring bed, increasing height of the wall, sheet on the urinal and cement plastering is done, while the work of plumbing, tiles, and painting is yet to complete.
    • Replacing of damaged flooring of white New Kadappa tiles for office room and room no.003 is completed.
    • Removing of damaged blackboard & providing new blackboard for room no 4 is completed.

    Location: Urdu HPS School, Ankalgi

    • Construction of Parapet wall, Toilets & Urinals is under progress.

    Celebrating International Women’s Day & Holi Festival- Bru Rehab Project, Tripura

    Under the Bru Rehab project, Sewa International in collaboration with other volunteer organizations, celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020. The program was organized at Kanchanpur town hall in North Tripura. The chief guest Bhabatosh Das, Sabhadipati form North Tripura district inaugurated the event. In the program many distinguished delegates from the various social organizations were present. Around 700 women’s participated in the event. The event was covered in local news:

    Also, Sewa International is running 2 make-shift schools in displacement camps of Ashapara and Khakchangpara in North Tripura. On the occasion of Holi: the festival of colors, Sewa celebrated the festival with students, teachers and co-workers. The children were delighted and overwhelmed with joy. With the exchange of colors, they shared the bond of happiness and togetherness with their community and the country.

  • 26 Mar 2020 7:57 PM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    As you read this edition of Sewa Sandesh, the world is getting further drawn into a long fight with the dreaded Corona Virus(Covid-19), which has already caused more than 4000 deaths so far. The virulent nature of the virus, which is spreading by the minute despite world-wide advisories, has brought the world economy to a staggering halt. The stock markets are crashing and factories are lying idle for the fear of viral infection. With the economic picture getting gloomier by the day, the world is fast hurtling towards a gloomy future, the likes of which remind us of the dreaded recession of 2008. Extended periods of quarantine and isolation for millions of workers across the world is compounding the desperation and misery, especially of the underprivileged. Media in its one-upmanship is reporting the new cases or spread to newer countries almost by the hour, and in many cases doing more damage than good.

    Right thing to do now is to take necessary precautions to avoid getting sick, without spreading rumors and panic. We are much better-off than ever in our history with the right medicines and healthcare available, to handle the situation. We must ensure that all wrong messages and fake news on Covid-19, are reported and removed immediately. Old people who are most vulnerable need to be given special care and comfort in these trying times. The underprivileged need to be compensated for the loss in earnings to survive these times. Its time to hold our hands together to fight this menace together, as we can and we will succeed!

    The Vision of Antyodaya

    Sewa International was featured under The Vision of Antyodaya- A compilation of Antyodaya based best practices as propounded by Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. The book was released by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu on 12th Feb 2020 at Uprashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.  The book was compiled by Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN) with best practice inputs from Civil Society Organizations across India. Sewa International best practices were featured in 1st and 3rd volume of the publication with information on its Toilet Project and Sewa Uttarakhand project respectively.

    All volumes are available for free download at:
    More Info on the event:

    Maha Flood Rehab- Rebuilding Schools at Kolhapur, Maharashtra

    After the devastating heavy rain causing widespread floods in Maharashtra in 2019, several districts were isolated and hundreds of people lost their life. Sangli and Kolhapur districts were among the most affected. Floods resulted in damaged buildings of schools, hospitals and destroying standing crops in farmlands. Kendra-shala, one of the schools in Majarewadi, Kolhapur was badly damaged by the floods. Water was clogged up to 3 feet resulting into muddy and garbage filled classrooms. Similarly, the roof and flooring were also damaged.

    Sewa International is supporting the school rebuilding work with the help of United Way Mumbai. Repairing work has already completed and painting work would start soon. This is among total 6 schools in Maharashtra, which are undergoing repairs due to flood damage. We are hoping to complete the rebuilding work for all schools in the coming months, so that students can learn in a much safer, hygienic and clean environment.

    Kaushal Mela – Making Youth Future-Ready with Skilling at PMKK Mathurapur, West Bengal

    On 26th February, Sewa International organized Kaushal Mela, at its PMKK center in Mathurapur, West Bengal. The motto of this mela was to mobilize students and enroll them for various courses in diversified skill-based sectors like Agriculture, Security, IT/ITES, Apparel, Electronics etc. It was a daylong event that witnessed huge footfall. A total of 295 students got themselves registered for various courses. 37 earlier trained and placed students were also felicitated on the same day with certificates & gifts as they were inspiration for other students. They were awarded for their consistent attendance, etiquette, practical knowledge and for securing a good job offer. The event was graced by various respected dignitaries as below:

    • Mr. Sayeed Ahmed (BDO- Mandirbazar)
    • Dr. Sashadhar Purkait (Ex- Principle, Chairman- VSSU)
    • Mr. Kapilananda Mondal (Founder Secretary- VSSU)
    • Mr. Anupam Naskar (Branch Head – Sen Hi Breed Poultry Farm)
    • Mr. Ram Krishna Giri (Director – AR Facilities Services)
    • Mr. Ankit Malik (Operation Manager- Sewa International)

    Rozgar Mela – Bridging the Employment gap for Skilled Youth at PMKK Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

    Sewa International in collaboration with Uttarakhand Skill Development organized one-day Rozgar Mela at ITI Ground, Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand on 20th February 2020. More than 35 companies participated in the mela to recruit skilled manpower. The event witnessed a total of 1140 registrations for employment. More than 90 youth were selected and another 407 were shortlisted for final round of Interviews scheduled in coming few weeks.

    Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Education Minister of Uttarakhand, inaugurated the event and quoted that the state government has launched a number of schemes for youth employment, like the development of home-stays that promotes tourism in the region and will be a golden opportunity for local youths.

    Likewise, Shri Dhiraj Singh Garbyal (DM, Pauri Garhwal) said that this was for the first time in Pauri District, such a huge event was organized in which large number of skilled youth participated from Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri districts of Uttarakhand. The event was a huge success in the presence of few other dignitaries from various departments of state government.

    Among the participating companies, prominent were:

    • Mahindra & Mahindra
    • Saffron Leaf Hotel Chain
    • Innova Lab Instruments Pvt. Ltd.
    • SBI Life Insurance
    • 108 Emergency Services – CAMP
    • Pulse International
    • Rockman Industries Ltd.
    • Akum Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

    Free Eye Check-up Camp – Seeing is Believing at Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

    Sewa International in collaboration with Vivekananda Nethralaya, Dehardun organized a one day free eye checkup camp on 23rd February. The objective of the camp was to provide comprehensive eye-care treatment to people in remote villages of Rudraprayag district by professional medical team.

    The camp was set up at village Gholteer, District Rudraprayag. A total of 148 patients were treated and received counselling for eye care. The medical team first registered the patients and did their visual acuity test. After that, some basic investigations were done and were later examined by ophthalmologist. The patients were given counselling for their treatment in regard with surgery, medication, follow up tests etc. The patients were also provided with free eyeglasses, essential eye drops and vitamin tablets. The advanced medical treatment was given to the patients and health tips to keep their vision good.

    Sewa International plans to conduct more such camps in future in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts to reach to the remotest villages.

    Organic Food Festival- Promoting SHG Products at JLN Stadium in New Delhi

    Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) along with Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) organized First National Organic Food Festival for Women Entrepreneurs from 21st -23rd February 2020 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

    This event provided a great platform to promote our organic food products sold under our Producer Company, HimSampada. There were hundreds of Women Entrepreneurs who came from all across the country to participate in the event. Sewa Kaushal Self Help Group (SHG) participated at the festival and promoted their local farm products displaying the hardwork of our laborious women entrepreneurs of Uttarakhand. During the 3-day long fest, hundreds of visitors/customers visited our stall, inquired & also bought our products. Our team was enthralled when Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal visited and congratulated our team for the great initiative and quality products.

    Toilet & Hygiene Project for a Girl Child

    Under the Toilet & Hygiene Program, Sewa International successfully completed the installation of 8 Bio toilets in three schools (Balwadi) of Arunachal Vikas Parishad at Gunanagar, Pangin, and Wakro. A total 198 children will reap benefit from the project. Similarly, the work at Deomali and Kharsang is in progress that will benefit approx. 130 children once the construction is completed. The support came from Bay Area chapter, Sewa USA and Sh. Charanya Vishwanath.

    The second toilet installation project of 16 toilets at Shri Madanlal Biyani Ucha Madhyamik Balika Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Rajasthan is still in progress. The project is supported by Sodhani Foundation. Similarly, the third ongoing project in Lucknow & Gorakhpur has finally completed. Along with the repair & renovation of wash basins, Sewa has built 39 toilets at 10 various schools. A total number of 1825 students will get benefit from the project.

    Sewa International did need analysis post flood in North Karnataka in December 2019. Finally, the construction of 16 toilets across 4 schools in Belgaum completed with the support of HSS Norway and the Bay Area Chapter. Under this project, following activities were carried out with the support of local volunteers.

    • Supplying flood relief materials to the affected regions
    • Providing classroom furniture
    • Replacing flooring and repairing cracked walls in the identified schools
    • School kit distribution

    After the completion of the project, a team from United Way Mumbai visited the schools and showed keen interest to donate in future. Also, few new schools have been identified in the region and the project is likely to be completed by the end of March.

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    Food Distribution Drive – Celebrating 8th Annual Shiv Ratri Charity Drive & Teerath

    Sewa International Trinidad and Tobago organized food distribution drive on 21st February 2020 to celebrate its 8th Annual Shiv Ratri Charity Drive & Teerath. Sewa TT distributed food packets to the needy people who were gathered at temples in North, East, South and Central Trinidad on the night of Shiv Ratri; a night of offerings and devotion. Shiva Ratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva which marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world.

    Donors were given two options to sponsor the event; either by purchasing a Sewa TT food packet from its partner supermarket or a cash donation. One Sewa TT Food Pack unit cost was $100. The food packet includes items like Flour, Rice, Oil, Milk, Corn Meal, Baking Powder, Macaroni, Oats, Lentils, Dal, Sugar, Crix and more. The drive continued for 14 days from 7th to 21st February. The huge number of volunteers joined on the night of 20th February for Shiv Ratri Food Packaging and there were around 500 food packets to be assembled. The event was a huge success and gathered a pool of Samaritans.

  • 6 Mar 2020 10:39 AM | Sewa International (Administrator)

    For the first Sewa Sandesh of the calendar year 2020, we would first like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters for their unwavering contributions to making this world a better place.

    January month saw a lot of hectic activity as we prepared to host HIMSamvad (SDGs Conference from Himalayan Perspective) to get experts from all over the country/abroad to brain-storm on a collaborative strategy for a sustainable plan to achieve SDGs in Himalayan states. The rehab projects to repair schools/toilets damaged in Karnataka/Maharashtra floods of 2019, continued at full pace. Visitors from NIFTEM to our Uttarakhand project areas, helped our team learn new methods of Food Processing as well as share info on the local horticulture crops.

    In other news, as we heard about the ever-increasing gap between Rich and Poor with just 26 billionaires having more money than 3.8 billion poor people (in the latest Oxfam Report), it brought a shame to all humanity and the popular Capitalist model of Free and Fair markets. It’s high time that these economic models are challenged to reduce inequality, else those days may not be far when these oppressed/exploited people will rise and challenge the existing norms!

    We hope that better sense will prevail among the rich and mightiest in this year, and we will see more equitable distribution of wealth and resources geared towards all-round human development!!

    HIMSamvad 2020 – Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Himalayan Perspective

    Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), adopted by UN in 2015, provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for all life on earth with its 17 defined goals, covering almost all aspects related to life on the planet including poverty, life on land/water, education, health, climate action, sustainable cities etc.

    The Himalayan region is one of the most fragile and vitally important for the sustenance of life in the Indian Sub-Continent. Sewa International with its programs running across Himalayan Region from J&K to Arunachal Pradesh, realized the need to put the focus on the importance of achieving SDGs in Himalayan states in order for a sustainable future for the life dependent on it. As a result, Sewa International took the initiative to organize Himalayan Ideation Meet, HIMSamvad, a two-day long conference on SDGs from Himalayan Perspective.

    It was the 2nd Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized by Sewa International, held with the support from G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), and Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), from 29th to 30th January at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.The objectives of the conference were,

    1. Initiating dialogues among key stakeholders – implementers, policy makers, government, civil society organizations, corporates and the community for fulfilling the target of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Himalayan Region (HR).
    2. Aligning localized Himalayan priorities with SDGs and its targets
    3. Raising awareness amongst local stakeholders in developing perspective
    4. Creating consensus among various stakeholders for constructive collaboration
    5. Defining agenda for implementation through multi-level governance mechanism
    6. Identifying areas of capacity building for effective and responsive implementation

    Over 100 delegates and 35 distinguished speakers/panelists from government departments, international organizations, non-government organizations, civil society, educational institutions and private sectors joined this event from across India/Abroad. The reputed institutes/agencies like ICIMOD, GBPNIHESD, GIZ, TERI, JNU, World Bank, RIWATCH, IDSA, and NGO partners like CORD, Karuna Trust, Aarohi, Kheti Virasat Mission etc, sent their experts with backgrounds in technology, agronomy/forestry, water conservation, finance, planning, education, health, policy & research, environment, to allow debate and enable wider discussion on the issues and challenges in the implementation of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the SDGs.

    Conference started with an opening plenary which included inaugural address by Hon’ble CM of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, and an engaging panel discussion to set the context of conference and was followed with 8 focussed sessions addressed by respective experts/specialists/practitioners on topics of concern regarding Himalayan Region namely,

    1. Model of Himalayan Agri-based livelihood for small farmers
    2. Technology and Innovation : How can they promote sustainable development in Himalayas
    3. Women: How to equip them to be agent of change for Himalayas
    4. How to ensure holistic healthcare facilities in the remote areas of Himalayas
    5. Rejuvenation/revival of Himalayan springs
    6. Protecting and promoting the diverse flora and fauna: Need and importance
    7. Need for sustainable mountain tourism destination (capturing natural, cultural and waste management aspects) and
    8. Effective collaboration amongst stakeholders for achieving the goals.

    At the valedictory session, Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Smt. Baby Rani Maurya praised the novel effort of all involved to bring into focus the importance of sustainable development in Himalayas.

    The key messages that came out from this conference implied that for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Himalayan region, we need,

    • to move towards solutions apart from sensitization on various issues facing Himalayas,
    • to build linkages among all the key stakeholders – Government, Civil Society, Industry and Community and to set the collaboration goals,
    • to work more on area specific issues, know the local issues and understand the eco-sensitive value of the Himalayan region,
    • to focus on our limited natural capital and its use in prudent manner ensuring future generations will have access to that also,
    • to emphasize on use of technology in health sector, increase road connectivity and reuse plastic waste/used cooking oil for preparing biodiesel,
    • to take steps for restoring springs, augmenting the rivers and taking action to control pollution/waste in the region,
    • to improve 3 Sectors – Agriculture, Manufacturing and Service, and to improve local demands, local needs and produce locally,
    • to give priority to eco-tourism, homestays, preservation of Himalaya’s flora and fauna,
    • to encourage traditional diversified agriculture and to ensure diversified sources of income for the local community,
    • to introduce afforestation schemes and horticulture programs as a sustainable economic activity,
    • to strengthen Village Forest Committees and to incorporate system for their accountability,
    • to promote women-centric development programs and women as nodal agents for sustainable development,
    • to raise employment and livelihood opportunity through entrepreneurship and vocational trainings for young women and men, and
    • to connect with community as a key stakeholder in Himalayan development model.

    Sewa International is committed to work towards Sustainable Development in the Himalayas and will conduct similar discourses over the next 5 years to bring attention and focus to the all-important Himalayan Region. The conference was hugely successful with all experts/guests applauding the efforts of Sewa International team, and looked forward to continue the association for more projects in the future.

    Visit of students and faculty from NIFTEM to Sewa Uttarakhand project areas

    The projects led by Sewa International in Uttarakhand are also acting as learning centres for the students, scholars, researchers and farmers from across India. Sewa Uttarakhand is setting an example for Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and NGOs, to follow our project as a model for their project activities.

    From 4th to 13th January, to get an exposure of Sewa Uttarakhand projects, the students and faculties from National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) under MoFPI, visited some of our project sites in the state.

    The NIFTEM team after induction and orientation visited different project sites, and conducted Focussed Group Discussions (FGDs) with farmers on current crop patterns and value chains, carried out door to door survey, visited demo-farms and interacted with trainers, and conducted the market survey.

    During their 10 days visit, the team visited Narayankoti village, Nala village, Bhainsari village, Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Jakhdar and Food Processing unit by local federation of Chandrapuri. It was a wonderful experience for them as well as for us. They gained a better understanding of the challenges faced by the villagers in terms of food technology and processing, and promised to come back with appropriate interventions.

    Community Knitting Training for Village Women

    Knitting is one of the traditional and income generation activities, practiced by women to increase their household income. Training on knitting is merely technical & skill development training, is given to women and girls to effect individual and collective transformation towards gender equality and women becoming well-equipped to access income as well. In this context, as of now, Sewa International led Sewa Mahila Jyoti has trained over more than 600 women in knitting of Uttarakhand.

    Under this initiative, a Community Knitting training program started on 10th January in Kimaana village, under Chandrapuri Cluster of Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. 8 women joined this training, conducted by Smt. Renu, Centre Incharge of Pathalidhaar, as master trainer. Knitting machines for beginners are being used in this training session. The participants are going to learn about knit-weaving of sweaters, caps, shocks, hathkandi and etc.

    Toilet & Hygiene Project
    (Building Safe and Hygienic Toilets in Government Schools to Increase Enrollment)

    When we talk about solutions for improving school attendance, not many people think about the basic facilities like separate hygienic toilets. In developing countries, the lack of proper and separate toilet facilities for boys and girls is among top barriers to girls’ education. When a girl goes through her menstrual cycle, she needs water and privacy to dispose of her sanitary napkins.

    In January, Sewa International successfully built in total 32 toilets in 4 flood affected schools of Belgaum district of Karnataka and 8 schools of Alipurduar district of West Bengal. In addition to this, our team started Need Assessment Survey in Sikar district of Rajasthan and identified 9 schools over 2952 students to build 50 toilets in those schools.

    1. Belgaum district, Karnataka: Construction of 16 toilets in 4 flood affected schools in Belgaum district of Karnataka completed in January. Over 542 students are going to use those toilets. Thanks to Sewa Bay Area, USA chapter and HSS Norway who supported this program.
    2. Alipurduar district, West Bengal: Construction of 16 toilets in 8 schools of Alipurduar district of West Bengal completed in January where 1609 students are able to access those toilets.
    3. Sikar district, Rajasthan: After finishing the Need Assessment Survey and identifying 9 schools of Sikar district of Rajasthan, are going to undertake the construction of 50 toilets in two phases. In phase-1, 20 toilets and in phase-2, 30 toilets are to be constructed where 2952 students will get to use those toilets.

    A Short Video – Relief & Rehabilitation Work by Sewa International

    In 2019, floods affected many parts of Maharashtra, North Karnataka, West Bengal, Orissa, and Kerala. Sewa team with the help of local volunteers worked towards immediate relief and rescue operations (supplying food, medicines, clothing, first aid kits, etc.).

    Post the floods, with generous funds from our donors, Sewa International has rebuilt and repaired schools, classrooms, toilets, playgrounds, school furniture, and provided school kits to many schools in North Karnataka.

    A short testimonial video of one of the flood-impacted schools in Belgaum rebuilt by Sewa International.

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