October 28 marked a historic moment when Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) president and founder Harish Kotecha received the Humanitarian Award from the African American Youth Harvest Foundation (AAYHF). The award, which was presented at their gala by none other than Martin Luther King III, highlights how much Kotecha’s work has made a difference in the community.
Harish Kotecha: The Man Behind Hindu Charities for America (HC4A)
Harish Kotecha, a former IBM engineer, has made an eternal impression with his philanthropic efforts. He has received recognition for his constant dedication to community welfare ever since HC4A was founded in 2010. He has also received the Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and the USA President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 from the same organization.
About Hindu Charities for America (HC4A)
Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) is an Austin, Texas-based non-profit, non-religious, and non-political organization that was founded in 2010. The motto of the organization is “Serve Where You Live.”
With the mission of “bridging income disparity through education.” HC4A helps students who are homeless or living in poverty achieve their academic and professional goals.
AAYHF: The Mission
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation is a cooperative, culturally sensitive program that helps youth and families through school- and community-based initiatives.
The African American Youth Foundation (AAYHF) provides family-centered, culturally sensitive health, education, and human services with the goal of advancing and strengthening American communities. Their initiatives focus on opportunities for professional growth along with the promotion of social, mental, and physical well-being.
The recognition of Harish Kotecha by AAYHF is a testament to the power of compassionate leadership to tackle poverty issues. The synergy between AAYHF and HC4A highlights how important cooperation and cultural competency are to build a more inclusive and hopeful future for at-risk youth and their families.
In addition to acknowledging the major achievements of Hindu Charities for America, the award highlights the cooperation needed to overcome economic disparities and create a more equal society. This award reflects the shared dedication of both organizations to uplifting communities and addressing issues one kind deed at a time.