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Hindu Non-Profit Organization Raises Over $ 100,000 for Low-Income Young Adult Scholarships | India News


HOUSTON: A Hindu non-profit organization in the United States has raised more than $ 100,000 for vocational scholarships for low-income young adults in the United States in a virtual event attended by celebrities, academics and entrepreneurs.
Hundreds of Americans and people of Indian origin from various walks of life participated in the event organized by Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) on the theme “Education for Self-Reliance” on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Famous speakers included veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher and Grammy-nominated songwriter Savan Kotecha.
Other speakers included Harvard Business School professor Kasturi Rangan, Desh Deshpanda, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, and Gitanjali Swamy, managing partner of IoTask.
Anupam Kher thanked donors for serving the underserved in the richest country.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler called HC4A a great example of volunteering through its absolute dedication to the community it serves, transparency towards supporters, and its ability to find effective and meaningful ways to serve.
Desh Deshpande, President of Sparta Group, recognized HC4A’s efforts to solve the problems of people at the base of the pyramid. He explained how innovation combined with relevance could have an impact on society.
HC4A founder and president Harish Kotecha, who emigrated from Uganda in 1971, said, “There is poverty here too. I thought it would be great if the Indian community worked as one to serve those in need in the United States. ”
Since its inception in 2009, hundreds of Native Americans have been inspired to raise more than $ 1 million to fulfill the organization’s mission of “bridging income disparities through education.”
For her tireless efforts to serve the underprivileged, Kotecha became the first Indian-American to receive the Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award from NAEHCY (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth) in October.
The organization provides school supplies for elementary school children and vocational scholarships for non-traditional students. In response to the pandemic, HC4A also helped homeless students gain Internet connectivity for a year.

Times of India