Sewa International Houston Chapter held an internship gala for its “Get Inspired Houston” (GIH) and “Leadership Development through Community Engagement” (LEAD) interns on August 12 at the TE Harman Center in Sugar Land. The event was designed to celebrate the many accomplishments of over 50 interns this summer. Interns have accumulated more than 3,200 hours of service in nearly nine weeks and served at Sewa’s Assuring Student Progress in Remedial Education (ASPIRE) Centers, Houston Food Bank – Brighter Bites – participated in a 5-day walk km, attended leadership sessions with prominent members of the community, and completed FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
After initial introductions by program coordinator Jay Torres, the evening’s emcee, Pravdeep Banwait, introduced the LEAD program and highlighted the achievements of the interns through an eight-minute video describing the service activities they have performed. participated.
India’s Consul General in Houston, Aseem Mahajan, who was the chief guest at the event, underscored the strong Indian-American ties and urged the youth to continue to promote aspects of community service in their lives by helping the less fortunate. He also invited all trainees to explore service opportunities in India through various exchange programs sponsored by the Indian government.
Keynote speaker Amit Mishra, a renowned lawyer, spoke about serving society with “mind, body and money”. He also spoke about India’s long struggle for independence and asked the trainees to stay grounded, never lose touch with their roots and continue to serve the community selflessly.
Another guest of the evening, City of Houston CERT Trainer Liz Schuller, spoke to the trainees about the long-term benefits of learning and knowing the importance of responding in an emergency and being always prepared and respond to emergencies without fear. India’s Deputy Consul General, Sandeep Chaudhary also attended the event as a guest.
Sewa Houston Chapter Executive Director Kavita Tewary described the number of interns who have been awarded while serving in Sewa’s ASPIRE program, which provides academic assistance, tutoring and mentoring to children in low-income school districts. of Houston. Each participant in the LEAD program received individual certificates.
Anshula Green, one of the parents, said, “I had been looking for a service opportunity for my 15-year-old son for months before I found the Sewa internship. I wanted him to experience true volunteerism because it connects with the community. Sewa was able to do this for him, solidifying in him a joy in serving others and an ability to make a difference.
Alings Chinese Bistro sponsored a sumptuous dinner for the event.