Who we are

The Sewa International movement started in 1993 and has since expanded its footprint to over 30 Countries Worldwide. The Term Sewa is an ancient Hindu concept that describes the act of giving without expectation or reward ‘Service before Self’.

Since its inception in South Africa, Sewa International is relentlessly serving humanity in distress irrespective of caste, creed, color, religion, race or region, committed to serving the communities in need with essentials including cooked food, water, groceries, skills, clothing, etc. The organization is driven by the need to provide more sustainable solutions to the underlying socio-economic issues that plague the most vulnerable of South Africans.


Sewa International’s mission is to serve humanity in distress, aid local communities, run developmental projects for the underserved, and assist people in transformational change through the power of innovation by mobilising partners, donors, and volunteers.


We aspire to be the prominent, universal inclusive value based organisation to serve humanity selflessly and with compassion, creating a positive impact within South Africa. We envision and strive for a world in which all people live in harmony and free from suffering.

Guiding Principles:

1. We practice “Service above Self”.

2. We practice team work and promote self-reliance.

3. We are proactive and responsive to the needs of society while promoting ‘Self Reliance’ among those who are served.

4. We are pluralistic, Ethical and transparent.

5. We create a positive impact through operational excellence and beneficiary empowerment.

6. We respect and safeguard our environment.

7. We value our volunteers, donors and partners.

8. We accept and celebrate diversity in people and community, we are sensitive to the cultural backgrounds of people we serve.