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Sikh Community of Seattle Offers Helping Hand to Washington Wildfire Victims

Seattle, Washington-UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh community of Washington have organized a relief effort in support of victims of the hundreds of wildfires that have devastated the state since July.

Community members gather at the check presentation ceremony in Washington State. Photo courtesy of The Chronicle.

Over the last few weeks, UNITED SIKHS’ United States Northwest region coordinator Balwant Singh worked with the Seattle Sikh sangat, or Sikh congregation, to raise a total of $20,000. Members of the six-family Omak Sikh community raised an additional $6,000. In total, a check of $26,000 was donated to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, which manages multiple fire relief funds that aim to assist wildfire victims as effectively as possible by assessing specific needs and channeling donations directly to affected individuals. $15,000 of the donation was designated to the families of the three firefighters who have lost their lives since the fires began, with each family receiving $5,000. The rest of the money will be utilized directly for fire victims.

UNITED SIKHS is grateful for your continued support, which allows us to provide assistance victims and their families.

 

“God gave us the same color blood.”

During the check presentation ceremony, which took place at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, Harminder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldip Singh, Balwant Singh, and other members of the local Sikh community were present. Mayors Jon Culp and Cindy Gagne of Okanagan and Omak, respectively, attended the ceremony as well. Not only was this event an opportunity to provide seva, or selfless service, to those in need, but also a chance for the local Sikh population to build common ground with their fellow community members, comprised of Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike, and to present themselves as the supportive, concerned, and active citizens that they are. Balwant Singh addressed the community members in attendance, stating,”We are the Sikh people-different look, different faces. But the almighty God gave us the same color blood. God sent us here to help each other.”

This year, wildfires have burned over 8 million acres of land in the United States. Wildfires have been burning in Washington State since July, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate as numerous homes have been destroyed. Victims, firefighters, and evacuees are still in need of immediate assistance.

UNITED SIKHS is now collecting canned food and clothing for those affected by the wildfires. To donate, please contact

sikhaid-usa@unitedsikhs.org

Part 5: General public of Mukhtsar and their problem

Sri Mukhtsar Sahib

213-2013

In the last part of this series of United Sikhs team’s visit to Mukhtsar, the aim was to ask the general public of the city about the problems they face. Mukhtsar,  not being a big city, still attracts lot of people from the neighbouring villages for daily wages as lot is happening in terms of construction and of course the medical facilities. Continue reading ‘Part 5: General public of Mukhtsar and their problem’ »

Part 3: Doctors’ conflicting points on Cancer and pesticides in Mukhtsar.

Sri Mukhtsar Sahib

20 March 2013

The recent Punjab State Government Cancer Awareness Survey, revealed allot about the city i.e. Sri Mukhtsar Sahib where it has the highest cancer prevalence, cancer incidence and second highest cancer suspect at 136.3, 343.7 & 446 (in persons per lakh) respectively amongst the total districts of Punjab. The United Sikhs team went to doctors who deal with cancer in the city and also visited two hospitals for further details. Continue reading ‘Part 3: Doctors’ conflicting points on Cancer and pesticides in Mukhtsar.’ »

Water, cancer, Bathinda and what not!!!

How horrifying is cancer when it is detected in any indivisual, most of them including there well wishers are taken a step back. An important aspect relating to cancer is that the gene which causes cancer i.e. oncogene is present in every human being, in some it reacts while in majority it doesn’t.

In the present day environment, allot depends on the external factors which has resulted in mutations with other gene or viral which has enhanced cancer detection in many individuals. Also a person may or may not be directly related to the problem though he/she may get the burnt for it. The most common case is the problem of Uranium in Faridkot, Punjab where many were detected with cancer who were remotely associated with farms. The problem was in the most essential thing on earth, i.e. water which was consumed by everyone. Also groundwater is the most prominent source of water as bottled water is not abundant in the area. The time when Venice, Italy is revolting against bottled water, a lot is needed in this section of Punjab where the short term need is to stop the use of tap water.

Often known as the cancer belt, the Mansa-Bathinda- Ferozepur sector of Punjab has made headline in Punjab and else were in the country and even the world regarding the wide spread of cancer. The problem is such that it is not tackled in the correct manner with the result that the patients have to look elsewhere and generally they end up to one destination i.e. Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Centre in Bikaner, Rajasthan. As many as 100 patients board the daily trains to Bikaner for a hope of better treatment, terming it the “Cancer express”.

Since the problem is on the rise two things are possible, the first is to increase the frequency of the trains or second it to have a proper measure to control this deadly outbreak of disease by purifying the basic essential of life, a reverse osmosis plant or good quality filter can make a better situation for the present and more importantly the future generation. But remember the options are open and rests with us. But do we need to just think??? while 100 more board the train to BKN (railway code for Bikaner).

Update:4th Sep 12:05 am: DEATH THREAT RECEIVED BY A MILWAUKEE RESIDENT. PLEASE NOTIFY AUTHORITIES (CALL 911) IF YOU RECEIVE ANY THREATSJustin

Update
 4th Sep 12:05 am
 The Milwaukee police along with the FBI reached out to the home of the Caucasian male and found stash and a pile of guns . No arrest has been made of yet.  The security around the temple has been increased.

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Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast

Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast
Aug 31st, 2012, 16th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi

Highlights

• UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Isaac
• Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, thousands are without power,  thousands are surviving with little or none to eat. Please help us make a substantive change and donate generously to the UNITED SIKHS Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund.
• Hurricane and storm warnings stretch across Louisiana , Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.  New Orleans residents note unexpected flooding patterns
• UNITED SIKHS – UMEED sets up Disaster Support Helpline for victims of Issac at 1-855-878-6333

New Orleans, Lousiana:  President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi as Hurricane Isaac has left hundreds of thousands without power and its path of devastation has left many stranded. UNITED SIKHS Emergency Response Team (US-ERT) encourages everyone in the affected regions to take the necessary precautions and prepare for local flooding as fallen trees and debris are causing property damage and power outages. UNITED SIKHS is working with governmental agencies to assist with the response and recovery. For information on what to do in case a Hurricane strikes visit http://ready.gov/hurricanes. Continue reading ‘Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast’ »

UNITED SIKHS Partners with NC Health Department to Educate about Swine Flu Pandemic at Health Fair

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UNITED SIKHS Partners with NC Health Department to Educate about Swine Flu Pandemic at Health Fair

52nd Sikh Aid health fair offers free flu shots, free lab tests and health screenings for all ages at local Gurdwara in North Carolina

Charlotte, NC, USA – With concerns that the ‘Swine’ flu pandemic continues to spread worldwide this Fall, UNITED SIKHS Carolina Sikh Aid Team, in collaboration with Gurdwara Sahib of Charlotte, organized its second health fair this year and provided free flu shots, free lab tests (Cholesterol and Diabetes) and free health screenings for the public.

The fair, which was held on 1st November, 2009, at the local Gurdwara, is part of our ongoing effort to engage, educate and empower the community through health initiatives. Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS Partners with NC Health Department to Educate about Swine Flu Pandemic at Health Fair’ »

Hurricane Irene Update: Disaster Assistance Resource Guide

 Sep 201, New York, NY:  To help people locate assistance for needs caused by Hurricane Irene.  2-1-1 Adirondack Region is responsible for updating and distribution of the Disaster Assistance Resource Guide, Adirondack Region.  For up-to-date information on this guide, visit www.hudson211.org (updated daily).  Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Disaster Assistance Resource Guide’ »

Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open

September 19, 2011,  ALBANY, N.Y. — Five more state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Tuesday, September 20, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding, according to state and federal officials. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open’ »

Hurricane Irene Update: Individual Assistance for Homeowners, renters and small businesses in the East Coast

 

New York, NY, Sep 12th, 2011: In the wake of Hurricane Irene, individual assistance is available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond counties.  In addition, public assistance is available for NYC agencies and eligible Private Not for Profits (PNPs) that sustained damage or have response/recovery costs associated with Hurricane Irene (DR 4020) in all 5 boroughs. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Individual Assistance for Homeowners, renters and small businesses in the East Coast’ »