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Hurricane Harvey 2017 – Items Needed as on 09/01/2017

Please donate online here

The items in list below can be shipped to:
Sikh National Center
7500 N. Sam Houston Parkway W. 
Houston, TX, 77064 

Essentials

Food

Cleaning Supplies

Medicines

Batteries
Portable chargers
Tissue
Tooth brushes
Toothpaste
Body soap
Diapers all sizes
Baby wipes
Shampoo
Towels
Baby lotion
Baby soap
Sandals
Flashlights
Socks
Rice
Rajma
Chick Peas
Oil
Onion
Tomato
Ginger
Garlic
Cilantro
Potatoes
Salt
Fresh Fruits
Fruit cups
Besan (gram flour)
Corn starch
Soy sauce
Spinach
Bell Pepper
Olives
Cherry tomatoes
Cabbage
Peas and carrot
Corn
Lettuce
Black pepper
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Zucchini
Disinfectant Wipes
Clorox Bleach
Dawn
Gloves
Sponges
Mops
Ajax
Windex
Buckets
Brooms
Paper Towels
Rags
Tylenol /acetaminophen (aduts)
Tylenol /acetaminophen (Children)
Benadryl
Zyrtec/Claritin
Ibuprofen
Bandages
Antibiotic ointments
Tums,Alka-seltzer
Peptobismol
Cough syrup
Milk of magnesia
Imodium
Pepcid
DayQuil
NyQuil

Hurricane Harvey -Support Efforts on the way…Worst hurricane to hit US mainland in 13 years

Hurricane Harvey – the worst to hit the US mainland in 13 years –
Call 1-888-243-1690 to provide support. List of current items needed: 1) Non perishable food items; 2) Diapers and wipes; 3) Toiletries ; 4) Flashlights; 5) Sandals; 6) batteries; 7) Children Clothing; 8) water; 9) portable chargers for cell phones & 10) Flashlights. Donate at: http://unitedsikhs.org/donate

 

Help More People in 2016

Thanks to your support, 2015 was one of our best years in humanitarian aid. Together, we brought hope to the flooded alleys of Chennai, earthquake devastated Nepal and Pakistan, submerged Malaysia and to thousands of Syrian and other refugees arriving in Europe. Join us as we take a look back at some of our humanitarian highlights this year.

Click here to read more about the Pak-Afghan relief effort.

Click here to read more about the Refugee Relief effort.

Click here to read more about feeding the homeless in New York.

Click here to read more about the Nepal Earthquake relief effort.

Click here to read more about the Malaysia Flood relief effort.

Click here to read more about the Washington Wildfire relief effort.

Now is the time to begin preparing for the assistance that will be required of us in 2016. What you give today will determine how far we can go tomorrow.

Keep up to date on other UNITED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts:Facebook | Twitter

Give a Gift They Won’t Re-Box

Two of the 3,000 Syrian and other refugees who have already received hot meals from UNITED SIKHS, thanks to your support.

Today, we’ll gather around the hearth with our children and loved ones, as we remember the 300th anniversary of the shaheedi (martyrdom) of the Chhote Sahibzadey, who were six and nine years old when they were bricked-up alive by the Moghul authorities for refusing to give up their Sikh faith. Whilst our thick walls will shield us from the cold, we will recall how they were first kept in a cold burj (tower) with their grandmother, Mata Gujri, as pressure was put on them to give up their faith.

While you cherish their bravery, we also hope you’ll think of the young Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi refugees and their families, who are in need of a hot meal when they arrive on a night-train in Tabanovce, Macedonia. One such family is that of two-year-old Habiba, who arrived in subzero-temperature in Tabanovce this week, leaving behind unthinkable dangers in Iraq, and continuing on an equally treacherous path. Our team struggled to communicate with Habiba’s family, who spoke a little English and Arabi, but Habiba’s father continued to repeat two words to our volunteers in earnest: “Thank you.

18-year-old UNITED SIKHS volunteer Mussa Suleiman puts gloves on Habiba as her family eats hot daal (lentils) and bread.

In our six days in Macedonia, our team has heard the cries of children separated from their parents, the traumatic tales of survivors who narrowly escaped their home countries, and the tearful thanks of those who receive a cup of hot soup and a piece of bread–provided by your support for the UNITED SIKHS Refugee Relief Effort of 2015.

Over 3,000 refugees have been fed to date. With your support, we need to feed another 20,000 this Winter.

Benny Arben Suljmani, Mussa’s father and our partner from the local Bektashi community, says, “The refugees are hit by the coldest subzero temperature here in Tabanovce for the first time on their long and dangerous journey. This is the most important hot meal they will be fed. And we must feed each and every one of them.”

Kastriot Rexhepi of NUN Kultura Civil Association Skopje Macedonia said, “In cooperation with partner organization UNITED SIKHS, we provide the hot meal “Mercimek,” known in Arab countries as “Ades”, to warm up the refugees’ stomachs, and to reduce their challenges in the cold weather, very often below zero degrees Celsius in the evening and late nights at the transit refugee camp in Tabanovce. Hot meals are essential for the refugees in Winter. The smiles come back to their faces after they receive our hot meal service. Thank you friends from UNITED SIKHS for making this happen for them.”

In less than a week, your support brought 3,000 hot meals to these refugees. Help us spread the warmth to 600 more refugees tonight, and every night in the coming Winter months.

Read a previous press release on our hot meals appeal for refugees arriving in Tabanovce, Macedonia here.

Keep up to date on other UNITED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts: Facebook | Twitter

Seva Changed My Life – Help Me Do More

UNITED SIKHS Aid distribution in Nepal. Click here.

Dear Supporter,

Nepal is still vivid in my imagination. I reached Nepal on 28th April, 2015; just three days after the first major earthquake. I was one of the first team members of the UNITED SIKHS team in Nepal. To reach Nepal at its need of hour was crucial, it took me many hours to reach Kathamandu because of congestion. Finally I reached Kathamandu where we set our base camp at Gurdwara Nanak Satsang at Kupondole.

I am humbled by the spirit of Nepal.

In two months we established fourteen medical camps. All health camps were held in far-flung areas, which took us hours to reach, and required miles of walking. Our medical team treated 5,000 patients. Along with the camps, tarpaulins and food was distributed to those in need. Later, we helped people with Corrugated galvanised iron sheets, which are used for construction and known locally as Jaastas. One of UNITED SIKHS’ strategic decisions was to move away from Kathmandu and provide help to Nepalese who were cut off from all the support offered to Nepal due to reasons such as a lack of connecting routes.

My two months of seva, or selfless service, in Nepal has changed my life in many ways. It has added value to everything I do now. I never realised the worth of things, the way that I do now. Disaster has no religion; I realised that humanity is built across people of different nations, cultures, and religions. Some of them are amazed to see Sikhs for the first time in their life. I worked with a very enthusiastic team, with people from every profession and every age group working together relentlessly for the same cause. I realized that disaster binds humanity at large. The team was comprised of Amritpal Singh (Bhatia Uncle) 63, Architect Jasbir Singh, Inderjit Bhenji, Palwinder Veerji, Bhai Esher Singh, Mejinderpal Kaur, and doctors and volunteers between the age group of 25-40 years. Rishab, Gurvesh, Harneet, Harmeet, Amarjit, Intidnerpal, Gurjit, Majinderpal Singh, Manish, Amanjot, Sabin, Anup, Shyam Pandey, Raminder Kaur, Milanjeet, Martha, Latoya, Naina and our two drivers Ravi and Jairman. All of our work would have remained an unfinished task without the help of people from Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship): Karnail Singh, Preetam Singh, Gudi Aunty and other sevadaars (volunteers) who prepared langar; kids from gurdwaras who helped us in all this; a big thanks to all.

Exchanging a letter of appreciation with Nepal Army, Jagadal Battalion at Chhauni Kathmandu.

My journey of two months was made possible because of your kind support. Traveling to two epicenters of earthquake and almost all affected areas from Dolakha to Gorkha to Nawakot to Sindhupalchok all would have remained unfinished if it wasn’t for your donations and prayers.

I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS for giving me a chance to lead this project, especially in a region where women are still struggling to find equal ground. Their faith in me has enhanced my confidence like no other. This was not just seva, but a spiritual journey of understanding myself and assessing my strengths and weaknesses. I don’t have enough words to thank the Nepal Army headed by Captain Santosh as it shouldered our responsibility of relief work.

One of the most heartbreaking stories is that of Sagar, a 19-year old who lost his left arm due to the earthquake. Due to extreme conditions of poverty, Sagar couldn’t continue his education and had to work in a dance bar for two years. If that is not tragic enough, due to the loss of a limb during the earthquake, he is incapable of earning a living for himself.

I met him in the army camp where he was receiving medical treatment. He sounded very depressed about his future prospects as he is afraid to go back to his village because he thinks others will make fun of his disfigurement. He needs all the encouragement there is to start a new life. I plead to you that if you want to make a difference in the world, start with Sagar – help him realise his dreams, achieve his goals and foremost complete his education.

19-year-old Sagar

I have realized how a simple thing like one piece of tarpaulin can make a difference in anyone’s life. Nepal’s wholehearted acceptance of me and UNITED SIKHS’ help has changed me for life.

None of this would be possible without your support. Help us help them and donate to UNITED SIKHS today.

Keep up to date on other UNITED SIKHS events by following our social media accounts:Facebook | Twitter

Sincerely and in Chardi Kala,

Komal Jb Singh

Field Project lead, Nepal Quake Relief 2015, UNITED SIKHS

Help the Urgent Medical Need in Nepal

Dear Supporter,

In April, UNITED SIKHS volunteers examined Phoola Maya Tamang at a medical camp set up in Nepal after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation and left many in need of urgent medical aid. When it was determined that the 57-year-old mother needed further medical care, we transported her to the nearest government hospital, and promised to cover all medical expenses when she was admitted to the high care unit. Phoola was one of over 1,000 individuals treated during our Nepal Relief Effort of 2015.

Little did we know that Nepal would need our help so soon after we bid the nation farewell. But the call has been heard, and we need your help to support Nepal again.

Reports from the Red Cross in Nepal and our contacts on the ground have impressed the need of urgent medical aid to be delivered to Nepal. UNITED SIKHS aims to help supply various medicines and 25,000 urgently-needed blood collection bags (bags that will be used to store blood for individuals in need of blood transfusions), and we need your help to do this. We humbly request you to donate whatever you can to help provide the funds necessary to supply urgent medical care to those in need in Nepal.

UNITED SIKHS providing medical care in Nepal earlier this year.

Why is medical aid urgently needed?

The current situation prevailing in Nepal has caused one of the most dire fuel-shortages the country has ever seen. Medicine and other supplies are also in dangerously low supply. Life saving medicines such as Injection Adrenaline, Injection Succinylcholine, Injection Nor-adrenaline , Atropine , Anesthesia, and Injection Dopamine are already out of stock in most of the major retailers. Nepal doesn’t manufacture injection (IV) products (mostly used in surgery and emergencies), except for one manufacturer with a limited band of the product. Hence the majority of such emergency drugs are rapidly becoming out of stock. Hospitals are also running very low on labor-inducing drugs, and some areas outside of the nation’s capital of Kathmandu have been forced to stop performing dialysis. Click hereto track current medical needs.

Earlier this year, we provided thousands with aid and assistance in Nepal. Once again, we have been called on by Nepal–this time with the specific request for medical aid. We cannot heed the call without your support; please donate today.

Keep up to date on UNITED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts:Facebook | Twitter

Imagine Her as Your Child

Tabanovce, Macedonia: On December 16, 2015, the UNITED SIKHS Refugee Relief Team watched in stunned silence as a 5:00 am train carrying hundreds of refugees arrived in Tabanovce was greeted by subzero temperatures. Safeea was one of hundreds of toddlers who shuffled off the train after a train ride of four hours, and in the morning walked a few kilometers to the nearest village in Serbia. Despite her silence, her face spoke volumes.

Safeea could have been one of those hundreds of refugees who had not had a hot meal for the last 12 hours, before they arrived in Tabanovce, Macedonia. The same town where thousands of refugees from Syria and other tumultuous nations arrive every night after fleeing dire political situations and being trafficked across deadly waters. Our team of volunteers that night were headed by UNITED SIKHS Asia Pacific Coordinator Rishiwant Singh. Even with his ten years of field experience on the humanitarian aid front Rishiwant was totally unprepared for the physical and emotional toll of witnessing hundreds of children, too cold to cry, trudge solemnly ahead in their journey of survival.

“I could barely breathe let alone stand completely numb in the cold. The pain was just excruciating. I kept looking at the children. Thank God it was dark. So no one could see me crying. How can we stand aside and do nothing while these people are suffering so much,” he said.

On Sunday, the UNITED SIKHS Refugee Relief team working with our local partners started serving the first hot meals to refugees arriving in Tabanovce. We are compelled by the authorities to obtain the hot meals from a licensed company at set rates. For £3 ($5) we can serve a hot meal to a family of three. Our partners, the Bektashi community of Macedonia, the European South Eastern University, and NUN Kultura Civil Association Skopje Macedonia will assist in the distribution of the hot meals, fruit and bread to as many refugees as possible. Our media partner Sikh Channel will relay videos of our relief work in Tabanovce where up to 2,000 refugees pass through every day.

Donate just £3 ($5) to serve the first hot meal of lentils and bread to a refugee family tonight.

In the days leading up to their arrival in Macedonia, each of these individuals have risked their lives–likely more than once–across multiple countries, seas, and trains. After our team meets them, they continue out into uncertainty. But during that short time, your support allows us to be a beacon of hope that greets them with a smile, and the comfort of a hot meal.

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Turn the Tables on Hunger: Donate to Feed Another 3 Million in 2016  

UNITED SIKHS volunteers feed the homeless of New York every Sunday. Click here to learn more about our humanitarian aid work.

Dear Supporter,

Among our many goals, we at UNITED SIKHS aim to alleviate hunger globally. While nutrition is our first priority, we also strive to maintain cost efficiency so that we make the most of your generosity. This year, your support helped us provide over 3 MILLION* meals to people in need, from the marshes of Myanmar to the streets of New York.

$10 = 25 Meals

Your $10 will bring us closer to feeding another 3 million people in 2016. To receive updates and to view pictures, please visit our facebook page. With your contribution today, we will prepare to help the needy of tomorrow.

How many are you willing to feed?

Sincerely and in Chardi Kala,

Jatinder Singh

UNITED SIKHS Director (Sikh Aid)

*This number is a summation of food distribution in Chennai, India; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; New York, USA; Washington, USA; Canada; Malaysia and Panjab in 2015.

Donate to the UNITED SIKHS Food Bank Today

This Thanksgiving, give others a reason to be thankful too.

Last month, we announced the initiation of the first UNITED SIKHS food bank on the east coast of the United States. We are excited to begin collecting donations and working with volunteers this week to provide warm meals to as many people as possible in time for Thanksgiving, a North American holiday that emphasizes gratitude and sharing one’s bounty.

Just in New York alone, 1.7 million individuals live in poverty. For these people, providing basic necessities for themselves and their families is a daily battle. While many of us take the availability of food for granted, for 1,700,000 of our neighbors, it’s not guaranteed. For this reason, UNITED SIKHS has begun addressing the vast need of emergency food, with your help.

Get Involved in the Giving This Week!

Sunday:

 Join UNITED SIKHS on Sunday, November 22, at Glen Cove Gurudwara Sahib as we prepare hot meals for the homeless, which will be delivered to Fort Washington Men’s Shelter.

Tuesday:

 On Tuesday, November 24th, UNITED SIKHS will kick off weekly donation and food-preparation days at Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Hicksville. Supporters can bring by vegetarian canned foods, monetary donations, or helping hands to assist in preparing warm meals, which will be transported to Bethany House shelter in Long Island, New York.

Food drop-off locations are listed below:

If you are unable to drop off food donations at any of these locations, please email us at foodbank@unitedsikhs.org or call us at 516.884.7976, and we can establish a convenient drop-off location.You may also email or call us if your gururdwara is interested in participating in our Food Bank initiative. Please click here to make monetary donations from our website.

Finally, you can sign up to become a UNITED SIKHS volunteer online by filling out this form.

Keep up to date on the food bank and other UNITED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts: Facebook | Twitter

Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief: UNITED SIKHS Provides Aid to 400 Families

Left: UNITED SIKHS distributing food package to affected families in Shangla, Pakistan. Right: Volunteers packing and preparing aid packages.

Peshawar, Pakistan:–On November 8th, 2015, UNITED SIKHS launched the Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief Effort to provide aid and assistance to individuals affected by one of the strongest earthquakes the region has ever seen.

On October 26, 2015, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan. Deadly tremors were felt in Pakistan, with the majority of victims from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province located in the northwestern region of the country. The death toll in Pakistan has reached 300, and more than 3,000 are injured. 74,885 houses and 497 schools have been damaged, and 29,162 houses completely destroyed.

 

 

Left: UNITED SIKHS volunteer Ravi Singh visiting the site of destroyed houses in Shangla. Right: Homeless children describing the quake that destroyed their home.

Click here for videos and photos of the Pak-Afghan Relief Effort.

Relief Effort Launched:

The relief effort began in the Shangla district of KPK, which is one of the districts most devastated by the earthquake. 50 individuals were killed in Shangla, and over 200 were injured. 22,000 houses and 143 schools were also either damaged or completely destroyed in this district. UNITED SIKHS has distributed 400 food packages to 400 families in this region.

By making a donation of $25.00, you can sponsor a aid package for a family. Each food package provides a family of six with two meals per individual for 10 days, with each meal costing $0.20. The packages contain the following items:

From the Ground:

“After traveling 12 hours by truck and 8 hours by flying coach van on Sunday, November 8, our team reached the Shangla district of KPK. During distribution, I met a family with two children whose home was completely destroyed and who were spending nights under the open sky and in cold weather. Upon receiving food aid from us, they were very pleased,” said Herdyal Singh, UNITED SIKHS Project Coordinator in Pakistan. He further added that relief work will expand to Afghanistan after security clearance.

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to support our people. Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to  support our people.  Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS plans to distribute more relief packs to families in need in affected areas. Each pack will cost 2,000 Pakistani Rupees, or  USD 25.00, and will contain rice and other foodstuffs. Packages will be distributed in the Swat, Dir, and Bunner districts of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan. Please donate today to help us provide aid to those in need.

Click here see UNITED SIKHS’ previous work in Pakistan.  Interviews of affected Pakistani families may be viewed here.

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