WASHINGTON (TIP): Indian American philanthropist Harish Kotecha has been awarded the prestigious Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work in the United States 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 Harish Kotecha, who is founder and president of Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), at its 32nd annual conference on October 9, a statement said.
Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to honor people who have tirelessly worked to ensure that all children may have what most take for granted: safety, shelter, and a future and that young people without shelter may find the promise of tomorrow.
NAEHCY’s Board of Directors were impressed with “your (Harish Kotecha’s) ability to transform a singular movement into a replicable program that now is established in 4 major cities,” the statement said.
In her award letter to Mr Kotecha, Jimiyu Evans, president, 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.”