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Torontonians reach out to help quake victims

By Leslie Ferenc

Whatever it takes.

Savinder Pandher, 47, wearing a white turban, helps dispense meals from a mobile kitchen set up by United Sikhs volunteers from Toronto who are now in Haiti. - Photo provided by Ramandeep Kaur

That’s the unofficial rally call of Torontonians mobilizing in droves to support victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Scores, possibly hundreds of grassroots organizations and countless thousands of individuals across the GTA are pitching in to help, selflessly donating time and money.

Wednesday, students at public schools across the city are taking part in a PJ Day, donating what they can to wear their fuzzy slippers and fleece to classes in support of the Red Cross or Free the Children.

Within 48 hours of the earthquake, “United Sikhs were in Haiti, where volunteers set up a set up a base camp and community kitchen in Port-au-Prince,” said Ramandeep Kaur. A group from Toronto, including her father, Continue reading ‘Torontonians reach out to help quake victims’ »

UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab

usouta_spokesman_article_20091  Dhulka, Punjab, India: 9 Undergraduate students of Oxford University reached Punjab on August 4, 2009 to teach English at local public schools. The main aim of this program is to increase awareness amongst the local children and to encourage them to think beyond borders.

UNITED SIKHS has been running the UNITED SIKHS-Oxford University Travel Aid Project since 2006 with the aim of helping the people of Punjab develop a global mindset and approach. Under the project, undergraduate students from Oxford visit Punjab every year to teach English to the local village children. In addition to teaching them conversational English, the teachers also touch upon technical subjects like maths and science to promote a scientific approach. Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab’ »

United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis

United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis   PDF Print E-mail

NEW YORK, June 27 (APP): A US‑based international organization, United Sikh, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide humanitarian relief to Pakistani internally displaced persons from Swat and other adjacent valleys. Continue reading ‘United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis’ »