Haiti : UNITED SIKHS' second volunteer team arrived at
Port-au-Prince yesterday and started serving langgar (the Sikh
tradition of serving hot meals cooked in a community kitchen) to
survivors of the earthquake. Harcharan Singh and Amritpaul Singh, both
from Brampton, Canada, arrived earlier this week to join the
ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. The volunteers purchased food,
water and supplies in two 20 feet trucks before heading to the UNITED
SIKHS AID camp in Haiti. Despite the immensely difficult travel, the
volunteers did not rest until they had prepared and served hot meals to
about 500 survivors. Click here for Haiti Relief gallery.
Volunteers setting tent in Port-au-Prince
Harcharan Singh preparing Food
Amritpaul Singh Cooking Meals
"We were tired after spending 30 hours on the road, but did not want to
rest until we had cooked and served our first hot meals to earthquake
survivors" said Harcharan Singh, UNITED SIKHS AID Langgar
in-charge. "My family and Sikh community have supported me to
come and serve here. I am happy that I was able to live up to my faith
and expectations." He added.
"After seeing the magnitude of
disaster I forgot all my pain. Here, everyone needs help.
Countless survivors with serious injuries are hungry and waiting for
food. I could not think of anything else but to cook hot meals and
serve them," said Amritpaul Singh, UNITED SIKHS Aid volunteer.
believe it's a clear sign of progress when we see the quantity of
supplies that relief agencies are pouring in. I am thankful to UNITED
SIKHS for serving hot-meals to our people. It is a noble cause," said a
member of the interior ministry of Haiti in a meeting with Lt Col
Gurbachan Singh. Earlier this week, the United Nations appealed
to NGOs on the ground for immediate medical supplies. Please click here
for a detailed medical supply list; our medical team will be
transporting the supplies we are able to collect.
UNITED SIKHS base camp in Port-au-Prince
Volunteers cooking hot meals
Earthquake Survivors waiting in Line for Hot meals
UNITED SIKHS Aid team with UN armed forces in Port-au-Prince
Recovery would be faster if there were
more ways to get aid into the country, including the reopening of the
city's seaport. However, UNITED SIKHS is sending food and
emergency supplies from Miami using all possible means of air and sea
routes, in addition to ground transport from other regions.
more volunteers of UNITED SIKHS AID team are flying in for the relief
effort today. Our second medical team will also reach there soon to
provide additional medical assistance.
We thank all donors,
individuals, Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship), and volunteers who
have been supporting us on the relief effort.
of any amount could help save lives by providing food, water, temporary
shelter, medical services and emotional support to people in need.