Charity of the week
Sewa International (sewausa.org) is a Hindu faith–based disaster relief and development organization pursuing projects in 20 countries, including the U.S. Much of its work has been in India, building toilets to improve sanitation, providing free health care in mobile medical camps, and tutoring children in afterschool programs. Sewa also brings in volunteers for relief efforts during natural disasters such as the floods in Kerala, India, this August and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Last year, Sewa focused its main efforts on Hurricane Harvey along the Texas coast, delivering 1,000 meals a day to shelters and helping 247 newly arrived Indian students trapped in and near the University of Houston. Sewa trucked in 24 loads of supplies and rescued 687 people caught in flooding in Houston and its suburbs.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
October 5, 2018 THE WEEK