February 5 2010
24th  Maagh (Samvat 541 Nanakshahi)
Press Release

US President Praises UNITED SIKHS Relief Efforts in Haiti

God's grace is....expressed through multiple faith-based efforts. By evangelicals at World Relief.  By the American Jewish World Service. By Hindu temples, and mainline Protestants, Catholic Relief Services, African American churches, the United Sikhs.” : Barack Obama told a National Prayer Breakfast meeting, yesterday.

Washington DC - President Barack Obama praised yesterday the relief efforts in Haiti of faith and non faith based NGOs, including UNITED SIKHS, at the National Prayer Breakfast meeting in Washington, DC.

The president was addressing a select audience of heads of state, including the Prime Minister of Spain, and praised the relief efforts launched by different communities in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that hit the country last month. The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., on the first Thursday of February.  

 "We thank the President for highlighting the role of community based NGOs in providing relief services in Haiti. UNITED SIKHS will continue to provide langgar (hot meals) to thousands of Haitians whilst our medical volunteers treat the injured and the infirm," said Kuldip Singh, President of the UNITED SIKHS.

 “We could not have achieved so much in Haiti without the support of the Sikh community, their media groups and Gurdwaras (Sikh place of worship) from around the world, in particular, USA, France, Canada, UK, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand. Our teams also have the support of volunteers of other faiths and non-faiths,” said Kuldip Singh.

“We need to do more especially after media interest wanes. This can only be achieved if our supporters continue to volunteer and donate selflessly,” he added.

You may watch a video of President Obama’s speech here or read a text of his speech here.

Barack Obama

Like all other community based NGOs, UNITED SIKHS continues to see an outpouring of compassion as hundreds of volunteers registered to volunteer in Haiti even though the conditions in Haiti are unsafe and challenging. 

Dr Sagina Kaur, UNITED SIKHS Medical Corps Coordinator detailed how she coordinated delivery of medical supplies worth over $45,000 to Haiti upon landing for immediate distribution. The UNITED SIKHS Medical Corps Team is partnering with the University of Miami Hospital near the airport in Port-Au-Prince.

Santokh Singh Chhina, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer from Florida, said, "I have hardly seen my wife, Martha Diaz De Chhina, one of the few neurologists available in Haiti. She has been running from  the hospital to medical camps, as there is a shortage of neurologists in Port-Au-Prince.  As for me, I am busy preparing and serving Langgar (hot meals) to the needy."
Ranbir Singh, Director of UNITED SIKHS, said, "We have identified the need to provide langgar (hot meals) to a remote population of about 1500 located in a village church compound about 1 hr away from the UNITED SIKHS base camp. Our coordinator Tejinder Singh, from Atlanta, on the ground, is working with team-leader Amritpal Singh Bhatia from California. We will also have to create a permanent kitchen and other facilities, which can be handed over to the Haitians before our volunteers leave Haiti".

You may read a previous press release on our Haiti relief projects at http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-04-02-2010-00.html 

Issued by: 
Harpreet Kaur 
Email: sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org 
Ph: 1-905-672-2245 ( Canada)  
1-888-243-1690 (USA) 
1-646-688-3525 (USA) 
+44 8701993328 (UK) 

You can help those affected by countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the UNITED SIKHS, which will provide immediate relief and support to those in need. Call 1-905-672-2245 or 1-888-243-1690 for more information. Contribute to UNITED SIKHS through local chapter in your country http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php . Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://unitedsikhs.org/donate.php . If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation.


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You may download the video of President Obama’s speech here


To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.

Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.

We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.