UNITED SIKHSWinner of the Sikhs and Charities Award
August 3, 2011
19th Savan (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)
Press Release
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HELP NOW -  FEED THE HUNGRY IN AFRICA
 
Areas in 4 Countries on the Verge of Famine
 
UNITED SIKHS Expands Guru Nanak Food Bank and Relief to Serve the Needy
 
Our local team has begun the campaign and teams from other UNITED SIKHS chapters will be leaving for Kenya soon.
Nairobi, Kenya:  UNITED SIKHS has launched the "Feed The Hungry In Africa" campaign following the United Nations' call for “massive” action to save millions of people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region. The call was made last week during an emergency meeting of U.N. aid agencies and charities at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.
 
According to the chief of the United Nations' Refugee Agency, Africa is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years leading to food shortage, malnutrition and deaths.  Tens of thousands of people have died in the past few months. The Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank in Kenya, a project of UNITED SIKHS, will lead this campaign working in conjunction with the Government Agencies and the United Nations.
Kenya Vice President  
Kenyan Vice President, H.E. Stephen Kalonzo distributing supplies from Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank   Feed The Hungry in Africa Campaign - 2011 $2/1.50 feeds one person for one day

For the campaign page, click here. $60/40 can feed a person for one month - Feed The Hungry and Save a Life, become a sponsor.
 
During our Feed The Hungry in Africa campaign we will seek to provide Langgar (hot meals prepared by the community) to counter malnutrition and medical aid to reduce deaths. We need you to volunteer or donate so that the Langgar may start as soon as possible. Our local team has begun the campaign and teams from other UNITED SIKHS chapters will be leaving for Kenya soon.
 
Well before the present crisis, UNITED SIKHS' proactive approach in Kenya for the last few years has been to provide basic amenities such as food, water, and education. Our team of Directors from USA was in Kenya this year in view of reports of impending drought conditions. The result was the launch of Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank on January 22, 2011. Please read the details here.
 
Additionally, our team is working on many other projects including providing bore wells for safe drinking water, establishing schools, providing medical aid. Please read more here. Jaswinder Kaur, UNITED SIKHS Director in Kenya spearheads these projects.

How you can help:

  • Volunteer in the field - Both medical and Langgar volunteers are needed .Join UNITED SIKHS at www.unitedsikhs.org/join and fill the field volunteer application form
  • Volunteer in your city by organising fundraising events
  • Donate at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate

 
It is grassroots organizations like UNITED SIKHS that work locally with people and have negligible overheads that help you maximize your support to those who need it most. The need of the hour is for us to stand by the people of Africa. UNITED SIKHS requests your help to continue the assistance in Africa – Please Donate.
 
Volunteer with us in AFRICA to serve Langgar (hot meals) and/or provide medical aid to those affected OR Donate and save lives in the process.  Engage with UNITED SIKHS and make an impact, make a difference, and make a change.
 
 
Issued By:
 
Gurvinder Singh
Director
SIKH AID
UNITED SIKHS
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 FEED THE HUNGRY In Africa

Africa Needs You Today

Over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti) are desperately short on food, and the international community has pledged to respond. Malnourished children are dying daily due to lack of nutrients. Live stock are dropping dead, food prices are through the roof and the arid conditions are feeding famines in Somalia, where the United Nations says malnutrition rates have approached 50 percent in some areas, the highest rates in the world. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says 3 out of every 10,000 refugees die each day.
 
Campaign Information:
http://unitedsikhs.org/africa_aid/
 
Volunteer: http://unitedsikhs.org/short_form/join.php
 
Donate: http://unitedsikhs.org/donate.php

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