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Partnership for Healthier Communitity

While VT SEVA has a vast global footprint, it also supports many local organizations and two such organizations from Houston are - Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and Houston Council of the Blind (HCB).

Friedreich’s Ataxia is a life shortening disorder which has symptoms such as vision impairment and muscle weakness and many more. Only about 15000 people in the world have this disorder, which currently has no cure.

During Alo:k Fundraising event by VT Seva Houston in November 2019, Houston team invited two patients of FARA who are teenagers, and current member of the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind, and visually impaired Reverend Michael E Garrett to accept Scholarships. FARA has been handed a check of $1000 and HCB received two checks of $1000 each by Mrs. Aparna Kamatam, Advisor, VT Seva. The scholarship recipients are Ignacio Osbaldo Suarez, who will be earning a Business Associate in Arts and Shaheen Sadrialaei a rising undergraduate majoring in Finance and Accounting.

The mission of the Houston Council of the Blind (HCB) is to improve the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for visually impaired aligns very closely with VT Seva's service activities in educating visually challenged to give them a independent and dignified life.

Some of HCB events or activities include an ongoing mentoring program for students, member support, exchange of ideas, fund raising, and distribution of annual scholarships to qualified students to assist them in their college careers. VT Seva Houston team also assists HCB in their monthly meetings.

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