“When I was forced to leave my birth country Uganda by dictator Idi Amin, on arriving in USA I had a degree, $100 and support of few friends who also were struggling to settle in the USA”, HC4A founder, Harish Kotecha. The degree helped Harish to get a job in Fortune 500 Company, climb the ladder, raise two successful children, and live the American Dream.
It a heartbreaking to learn that there are 44 million+ people living in poverty (povertyusa.org) and in average 2.5 million children live in poverty in the USA every year. Since it was education that helped Harish, he founded (2010) HC4A (Hindu Charities For America), a non-religious 501(c) (3) charity with the Mission:
“Bridge income disparity through education” with the motto “Live Here, Give Here”.
In Austin, Texas, where Harish resides he started to understand the scope of problem in Austin area. Working with Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO.org), it was found that some families do not have funds to buy school supplies for their children to go to school! HC4A annually donates school supplies to these children in Austin area. This project was started at launch of HC4A in 2010
CNBC reports: More Americans are going to college than ever before, but students face unprecedented challenges. Over 44 million Americans collectively hold more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt and only 54.8 percent of students graduate in six years. This means that millions of Americans are taking on thousands of dollars in debt without a diploma to show for it.
HC4A believes assisting those wanting to seek vocational training has a better success in a building meaningful career for some. HC4A worked with THEO to add vocational training scholarship program in 2014 so that students living below federally defined poverty line can learn work skills leading to job that pay equal or higher wages then living wages. Vocational training jobs are always in demand – we need plumbers, electricians, nurses and so on!