Khalsa Aid International – Following the words of Guru Gobind singh ji

Khalsa Aid International – Following the words of Guru Gobind singh ji

Khalsa Aid International is a UK-based humanitarian relief charity (Registered Charity Number: 1163294)
providing support around the world to victims of natural and man-made disasters such as floods,
earthquakes, famine and war.

Khalsa Aid has had the opportunity to serve humanity around the globe since 1999.Whether supporting
victims of natural disasters or civil conflicts, our volunteers have been on hand to provide aid. None of
this would be possible without the support of the sangat (community), who provided social,
psychological, spiritual, and financial support.

Khalsa Aid is committed to selfless seva (service) through Humanitarian Aid work.

Drawing inspiration from Guru Gobind Singh ji who taught us to “recognize the entire human race as
one”, Khalsa Aid volunteers are deployed immediately wherever in the world humanitarian aid is needed.

Khalsa Aid team is often one of the first on the scene to help distribute food, water, clothing, medical and
sanitation supplies. Khalsa Aid fund and build semi-permanent shelters, if needed – anything that’s
required in those early days to save lives, reduce people’s immediate suffering and help maintain their
dignity.

The charity was founded by Ravinder (Ravi) Singh, who was struck by the plight of the refugees in
Kosovo in 1999.

That year also marked the 300th birth anniversary of the Khalsa – an opportunity for the community to
reflect on the core teachings of their faith. Ravi saw the footage of the Kosovan refugees on the news and
was inspired by one Sikhi ideology in particular – “Sarbat da Bhalla” meaning “well-being for all” –
recognizing the humanity in us all and reaching out to those in need, regardless of race, religion,
borders.

At the time of the celebrations across the UK, and around the world, there were terrible images on the
news of refugees struggling to cross the cold and mountainous border to reach a safer and peaceful
Albania.

Ravi read in the newspaper about a small group who were organizing an aid convoy to Albania – the
Sikhi teaching of ‘Sarbhat da Bhalla’ came rushing to my mind. Ravi phoned the group from the
newspaper and asked to join them to help deliver aid donated by the Sikh community who had been
extremely generous in giving food and money – within two weeks were on our way with two trucks and a
van load of aid to Albania.The Khalsa Aid was born.

Whilst the inspiration for the charity stems from a strong belief in the Sikh principles, Khalsa Aid work is
by no means restricted to the Sikh community. Khalsa Aid became the first ever cross-border
international humanitarian aid organisation based on the Sikh principles.

Projects

Since 1999, Khalsa Aid have been able to provide crucial aid to millions of people around the world: from
victims of the Yemen Civil War to refugees landing on the shores of Greece from the Middle East and,
more recently, the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar seeking refuge in Bangladesh; to earthquake, flood
and hurricane-stricken areas in Nepal, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Closer to home, Khalsa Aid teams have helped residents in the UK cope with the devastating floods that swept through Cumbria and the south-west of England; and we were there to support the families who escaped the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Indonesia – Earthquake and Tsunami Relief A powerful earthquake ( 7.5 magnitude ) struck off the coast
of Sulawesi, Indonesia, creating a tsunami which devastated the areas of Palu and Dongalla. Khalsa Aid
International was one of the first NGO on the ground.

Khalsa Aid worked closely with the local population to ensure the aid reaches where it is most needed.
This includes:Immediately delivering 500 tarpaulin.Setting up langar (a free community kitchen) in both
Palu and Dongalla. Fresh food distribution to four makeshift shelters.Provided blankets.

Kerala Floods Relief

Kerala-India Floods Relief More than one million people were left homeless or trapped after the southern
Indian state of Kerala saw its worst flooding in more than 90 years. Many water treatment plants were
forced to cease pumping water, resulting in poor access to clean water, especially in northern districts.
Khalsa Aid responded rapidly in the worst affected areas with a team of 30 volunteers from across India.
Khalsa Aid has utilized its India volunteer base to Feed 15,000 people with hot meals on daily
basis.

Packing and distributing essential day packs, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary towels,
tarpaulin sheets, mosquito nets, medical kits and clothing.Packing and distribution of food parcels,
including rice, dal, sugar, salt, teaOf the above aid items, 500 tonnes was donated by the public from
Patiala, Jalandhar, Delhi, Raipur, Gwalior, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities/towns.

As the devastating effects of the floods persist, we are conducting further assessments to identify the
most alienated and isolated areas and villages. We are planning to send volunteer teams of electricians,
plumbers, carpenters and other artisans who will help in re-building homes and other
infrastructure.Thanks to all our donors, volunteers and those who continue to support Khalsa Aid.

Congolese (DRC) Refugee Response

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently experiencing one of the world’s most
underreported refugee emergencies. Khalsa Aid International first visited the region in January 2018,
following reports of up to a million Congolese men, women and children fleeing their homes, seeking
safety iin neighbouring countries.

Khalsa Aid International initiated a series of relief efforts to assist refugees in this area in May 2018.
Providing 3.2 tonnes of emergency food rations across four refugee camps.
Funding the operation and maintenance of a water pump serving over 15,000 vulnerable refugees.
Providing resources to support two refugee schools.
Delivering vital walking aids to 28 physically challenged refugees.
Working to assess and improve nutritional status in refugee children arriving in a reception centre.
Our world need more and more organisations ,peoples like khalsa aid and we believe its possible.

Long live the Sikhi ideology “Sarbat da Bhalla” meaning “well-being for all”.

For more Projects,Donations or any kind of Help Please contact:

Khalsa Aid International
Unit 13, Progress Business Centre,
Whittle Parkway, Slough,
SL1 6DQ

0044 (0) 1753 567 457

www.khalsaaid.org

 

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