UNITED SIKHS
January 18 2010
6th Maagh (Samvat 541 Nanakshahi)
Press Release

SIKH AID Team in Haiti UNITED SIKHS Seeks Support to help Haiti quake survivors

Port-au-Prince, Haiti - UNITED SIKHS' volunteers arrived Port-au-Prince Saturday for beginning major humanitarian relief work in capital city of Haiti. Retired Lt. Col. Gurbachan Singh, along with other volunteers, reached Santo Domingo airport and drove into Haiti, crossing Jamini border.

The Sikh Aid team's first hand assessment of the situation shows an urgent need for Medical supplies, food, water, and shelter for the survivors. The Sikh Aid team is working to overcome serious obstacles due to lack of infrastructure and logistic challenges.

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Lt. Col. (Retired) Gurbachan Singh distributing food.

  Lt. Col. (Retired) Gurbachan Singh coordinating with Volunteers

Countless survivors with serious injuries, crushed limbs, broken legs need immediate medical treatment. More doctors are joining Sikh Aid team this week to further aid in the humanitarian relief.

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Crushed Building in Port-au-Prince

  Dead bodies lying outside a morgue

" Every building on the road side that we are driving by is severely damaged. Concrete roofs are fallen, crushing people, household goods, and vehicles. There are dead bodies lying on the ground," said Retd. Lt Col Gurbachan Singh, UNITED SIKHS Humanitarian Director.

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Lt. Col. (Retired) Gurbachan Singh and other volunteers

  Make shift camps for the survivors

A UNITED SIKHS shipment carrying imperishable food, water, cloths and medicines will be arriving to Haiti next week by sea from Miami. UNITED SIKHS is requesting donors to contact us for more details about shipping food, water and supplies.

We urgently need doctors who can afford time and travel to volunteer for the relief effort.

At the United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination (UNDAC) Emergency Response Team briefing today, it was said that the places that have been badly affected are Carrafour, Gressier, Leogane, Jazmel and Petit Grove where 60  to 90 percent of homes have been destroyed. These places have mass burials and in some parts the search and the rescue operations are still in progress.

Your donation of any amount could help save lives by providing food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support to people in need.

Issued by:
Kuldip Singh
Director
UNITED SIKHS
email: sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org
Ph: 1-888-243-1690 or
1-646-688-3525

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 1-888-243-1690 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.

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR:

  • Food: Supply of Hot-Meals, Baby Food and Clean drinking water
  • Temporary Shelter Material, Tents
  • Medical Assistance and Supplies
  • Emergency and Hygienic Supplies
  • Volunteers and Doctors
Donate at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or mail a cheque to a UNITED SIKHS office nearest to you.

See http://www.unitedsikhs.org/contact.php
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