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Hanmi Bank donates $10,000 to Sewa International for hurricane Harvey relief

From L-R: Gitesh Desai, President Sewa International, Mohammad Tariq, EVP and Regional President, Hanmi Bank, Consul General Dr. Anupam Ray Executive VP Matt Furr and William Yeh. Photo by Shobana Muratee, VOA.

From L-R: Gitesh Desai, President Sewa International, Mohammad Tariq, EVP and Regional President, Hanmi Bank, Consul General Dr. Anupam Ray
Executive VP Matt Furr and William Yeh. Photo by Shobana Muratee, VOA.

by Shobana Muratee

HOUSTON: As part of their Community outreach efforts benefiting Harvey flood relief, Hamni Bank backed by its EVP and Regional President, Mohammad Tariq donated $10,000 to Sewa International, Houston in recognition of their indelible efforts toward rebuilding Houston following hurricane Harvey. The check was presented by Tariq at the reception to Gitesh Desai, President, Sewa International, Houston at their South Gessner branch on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Hanmi Bank was amongst the first banks to come forward with a donation, Tariq said, presenting the check and hoped other banks would follow suit. Sewa International, he said stood out among many locals for their efforts on the ground which is why he chose to partner with them. “Indian American community has been one of our strong partners and this is one of our ways to give back,” he said. Hanmi Bank is also offering SBA Disaster Relief Loan up to $25,000 at the rate of Prime plus 2.5% waiving SBA guaranty fee, loan fee. Two employees engaged at each of their branches will be assisting in processing application to help speed up the process, Tariq said.
Consul General of India Houston, Dr. Anupam Ray, who was instrumental in the Harvey relief drive in the Indian American community including Sewa International and several others in Houston, lauded the community’s collective effort. “India is one of the first responders in International humanitarian crisis; we provide relief rapidly, cheaply and in a very focused way,” he said citing the examples of 2004 Tsunami and earthquake in Nepal in 2015.
Gitesh Desai, accepting the check for Sewa International, spoke briefly about the organization that ranks among the few NGOs whose administrative cost is 7% or less. He assured that every dollar donated would be used very prudently.


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