Indian-origin philanthropist Harish Kotecha has been awarded the prestigious Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work in the US for meeting the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The lifetime achievement award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) was presented to Kotecha, who is founder and president of Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), at its 32nd annual conference on the 9th of October.
In the award letter to Kotecha, NAEHCY wrote that we are glad to have an advocate like you in the field to meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness – supporting and encouraging academic success – while implementing program coordination and community collaboration.”
In his remarks, Kotecha said that the award recognized the impact of HC4A, all the volunteers, donors, sponsors, and well-wishers of HC4A! Hindu Charities for America has programs for homeless or near-homeless students, providing school supplies at the start of the school year. To date, over 11,000 low-income children have been gifted with backpacks at the onset of the school year.