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Team Jericho updates from Haiti

Continuing with the much needed humanitarian efforts, the UNITED SIKHS volunteers served 1200 meals yesterday in Haiti.  Booths were set up at two different sites where hot meals in form of langgar were distributed. Continue reading ‘Team Jericho updates from Haiti’ »

And the praises go to ………

The Sikh Times, a prestigious Sikh newspaper based out of the United Kingdom published the following article on the United Sikhs humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

And the praises go to ……….United Sikhs


A Sikh charity United Sikhs has been praised by the President of America, Barack  Obama. Continue reading ‘And the praises go to ………’ »

TPS Resources for Haitians: NYIC

Following is the list of resources available from the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) for Haitians.  This information is being provided here collectively for ease of use and to assist the humanitarian works ongoing in Haiti.

TPS RESOURCES

 
Section I: Upcoming TPS Events
Haitian TPS Hotline: The Legal Aid Society has a TPS Hotline for Haitian nationals. Continue reading ‘TPS Resources for Haitians: NYIC’ »

A day in the eyes of a volunteer team in Haiti-(1)

GURU SADH SANGAT JI .
WAHE GURU JI KA KHALSA
WAHE GURU JI KI FATEH
 
IT WAS HARD JOURNEY… AFTER STAYING IN SANTO DOMINGO FOR NIGHT ON AIRPORT FLOOR AS THE INCOMING VAN BROKE DOWN.  WE FINALLY REACHED IN HAITI… AS BORDER CROSSING IS ONLY FROM 7 AM TILL 6 PM. Continue reading ‘A day in the eyes of a volunteer team in Haiti-(1)’ »

A Glimpse into Haiti’s Agony from the eyes of a Volunteer Team

 2nd Feb 2010, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti: Effectively chronicling the human tragedies that have taken place in Haiti since the earthquake struck is a nearly impossible task.  How is one orphan’s story any more or less distressing or significant than the thousands of others?  And yet it is still necessary to do what we can to highlight specific heart-rending and also heart-warming events in an effort to provide greater context for those of us who have not witnessed the devastation firsthand.  It is crucial that we do not fall into the trap of looking at Haiti’s anguish through the prism of statistics and data.  The suffering is real and it touches millions.  It is no less real than the suffering we see elsewhere and it does not demand any less of us as Sikhs.
Continue reading ‘A Glimpse into Haiti’s Agony from the eyes of a Volunteer Team’ »

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’ »

Thinking About Volunteering in Haiti? Get Your Vaccinations Now.

Before volunteers leave for Haiti, you should already be up to date on
your regular vaccinations such as MMR, DPT, polio, etc., and at
minimum, get vaccinations for:
Tetanus
Hepatitis A
H1N1

All of these vaccinations are normally available from your State for
FREE, and all you have to do is walk into a clinic.

You also should have malaria prophylactics, and if at all possible
typhoid vaccination, which may or may not be available.

For New York, call the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene’s Immunization Hotline at (212) 676-2323. They’ll give you
your closest clinic. If you say you’re going to Haiti, they’ll say we
don’t do travel vaccinations. Just tell them clearly that you need
these above, and they should tell you where to go.

And also ReliefWeb’s guidance for relief workers:
http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/DKAN-7ZRPHT?OpenDocument

Situation is tense in Haiti. Port-Au-Prince port is being built by the United States to allow aid

DIRECTLY FROM GROUND-ZERO

18th Jan 2010, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti: The port at Port-Au-Prince in Haiti is badly damaged. But the good thing is that the US has undertaken its reconstruction and may be ready by early next week for aid agencies to bring in supplies. The airport’s control tower was knocked out by the quake and U.S. military air controllers were operating from a radio post on the airfield grasss

UNITED SIKHS Director of disaster relief, Gurbachan Singh, whis currently in Haiti, distributed food, and toys for children in a makeshift hospital.  (Please see picture gallery at the end..)

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country and has for decades has devastating storms, floods and political unrest. The U.N.  peacekeepers have  40 of their men who have been here since 2004.The situaton here is very tense. There is limited security in the city, people are frustrated with the lack of food and water and totally lack any hot food supply. The crowds are getting unruly in some areas. UN is spread thin.

Continue reading ‘Situation is tense in Haiti. Port-Au-Prince port is being built by the United States to allow aid’ »

Sikh Education Fund Scholarship

The applications for the 2010 Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholarship are now open. Please read more about it at http://unitedsikhs.org/sef/?PHPSESSID=88d8fe96786d6e60653e35008621f269

The Sikh Education Foundation (SEF)


Every year, Sikhs graduate from Oxbridge and Ivy League universities and go on to enjoy distinguished careers. However, the Sikh community has not tapped this rich scholastic resource to meet its challenges. Many more bright Sikh students do not make it to these prestigious universities due to lack of funds.

This has been due to two main reasons: Firstly, the Sikh community at large has limited access to these scholars and secondly, the scholars do not know how they could serve the Sikh community’s needs.

The Sikh Education Foundation had a natural birth in 2006. The time was right to set up an educational fund to engage Sikh graduates from prestigious universities at a time when the Sikh community faced challenges to their identity. To meet the needs of our advocacy, humanitarian relief and human development projects, UNITED SIKHS set up the Sikh Education Foundation to reach out to the ‘brains’ of the community.

UNITED SIKHS set up the first Sikh Education Foundation chapter at Harvard University in 2006. All scholars of the Harvard Sikh Educational Foundation are called Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholars.

The first Sirdar Kapur Singh scholar in 2006 was Sonu Kaur from Amritsar, Panjab, who is studying for her Masters in Public Policy degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She received $17,000 under the award.

ABOUT The SIKH EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Foundation is run as a trust held by or under the control of the trustees (subject to the payment of all expenses properly incurred in connection with the scheme) to apply the income and the capital of the fund for The Advancement of Education through:

  a) Funding by scholarship, prize, grant or bursary all or part or to such extent
      as deemed appropriate by the trustees, the education of Sikhs eligible to
      participate in the scheme in accordance with the rules; and

  b) Funding by grant any individual, organization or company that undertakes
     research, teaching or carries out projects in relation to the preservation
     and study of Sikh History, Culture and Religion 

FUNDING is based on: 1) Outright donations from :

        i. The Public
        ii. The Sikh Aid fund to fund scholars studying developmental subjects
        iii. Gurdwaras to fund Sikh culture history and religion scholars
        iv. Sikh associations e.g. Sikh doctors association, Sikh lawyers
            association,to fund scholars studying in their particular area of
            interest
2) Sponsors to take up covenants to pay the interest for loans they underwrite for scholars, payable over 5 years after graduation. This gives donors tax breaks and the scholar obtains a loan for the full cost of their education with no burden until after graduation. Donors will be inspired to participate in this as they will not be paying the full amount of the loan interest because of tax breaks.

c) Scholarships, grants and bursaries for ALL areas of study with more awards      given to:

        1) Law
        2) Media
        3) Arts
        4) Developmental studies
        5) Social Studies

This list will be dynamic based on the current needs of community.

  d) SEF provides internships, career guidance and mentoring facilities to
     prepare aspiring applicants and for scholars on graduation.

  e) UNIVERSITIES TO BE COVERED:

         1) HARVARD
         2) STANFORD
         3) BOSTON
         4) NYU
         5) COLUMBIA
         6) BROWN
         7) UC BERKELEY
         8) PRINCETON
         9) YALE
        10) CORNELL
        11) UNI OF PENNSYLVANIA
        12) DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
        13) UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
        14) UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
        15) IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
        16) LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE)

APPLICATION:
Please click here to fill the application form.You can also submit the following to sikheducationfoundation@unitedsikhs.org :

  • a resume
  • a passport sized photo
  • a Statement of Purpose, explaining how their studies would benefit the community and humanity

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