UNITED SIKHS Blog http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:58:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ground report – Shillong (Translation of BBC content dated 18.05.2018) http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/06/ground-report-shillong-translation-of-bbc-content-dated-18-05-2018/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:58:56 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2545  

It is said that when a team of English army came to Shillong from Punjab, it came with a team of cleaning workers belonging to the Sikh community.

The British regime was expanding in the northeast. Yado Shillong was surrounded by various villages. With the construction of army cantonment, sanitariums, administrative centers and European quarters the need for cleaning of English toilets arose.

A famous historian, Hemandri Banerjee, in the year 1910, in one of his books, it is mentioned that the names of Sikh cleaning workers was mentioned in the register of Shillong Municipal Corporation. Probably, it is because of this, that the use of the names of the Sweepers lane, Harijan colony or Punjabi lane or Punjabi colony – these names are used by the people who live in this area, but local people do not.

But the Sikh community claims that their population in Punjabi Lane was earlier than the 60s of the 19th century.

The Sweepers Lane which was settled slightly at a distance from the main part of the city, now settled in around Shillong’s second largest commercial area of Bara Bazar.

Recent tension between the Khasi community and the Sikhs

Almost two weeks ago, there was a dispute between some people, in which one group belonged to the Sikhs and the second group was related to the state’s largest tribal community, the Khasis.

Sikh colony in Shillong

That mutual dispute has subsequently taken the form of caste riots. Curfew has not been fully lifted in the city. Internet services were also banned.

Irwin Syiem, legal adviser to Khasi Hills District Autonomous Council, says, “Because the quarters that were given to the Majbi Sikhs were made in one line, so it may have been called the Sweepers line!”

(Majbi Sikhs link themselves to the Valmiki community. Sometimes they call themselves Valmiki Sikhs too.)

But at present, between the Mallang Ghat Tiraha to the Mokhar Chowk, except the Koltar, there is nothing that is in the one line – even if there is then, these are narrow, congested and zig-zig streets, which goes upwards from one side of the road and comes down on the other side of the road. In these streets, the doors that are seen at a distance shows that you are not in the tunnel.

The Punjabi line of Shillong is not as big and famous as Dharavi of Mumbai, to some extent it is similar to it, in its appearance and in its infamy.

Punjabi line with extremely dense population

Due to its extremely dense population, it is said to be the cause of the presence of TB and pneumonia in large numbers in the area.

According to Diganta Das, a doctor at Woodland Hospital, “Diseases such as tuberculosis are most likely to spread from one person to another in densely populated areas.”

Commonly, taxis refuse to go to this area and if they are ready to go, they the customers at a distance.

The local people silently talk about some activities in the Punjabi line and about the drugs supply taking place in the upper part of the city.

Conditions of Punjabi Line

Pratishia Mukhim, the editor of The Shilang Times, (who is accused by the Khasis, of taking the side of the Sikhs) says, “Many people and I do not think that going to that area is a good experience.”

Manjit Singh Sohal, a resident of the area, says that he knows what all the people talk about the Punjabi line. He asks, “You have been on the ground zero for so many days, have been visiting this area for several days, have you seen something like this?”

Rober Singh repeatedly mentions the same thing when asked, “Life was still going on in the fun.” He earned a monthly salary of Rupees three thousand with survival was very difficult he was managing his finances by placing tenants at home. However, after the dispute the tenants had to go.

Originally the house of Rober Singh of Meghalaya, which you can also call a room, measures 8X6 feet.

The gas stove is placed on a corner table and some kitchen utensils on the other side, wooden chairs placed in the other corner, and on the one side of the remaining area there is a wall with three shelves, on which beds and pillows have been placed.

A plastic sheet is spread over the floor to cover the dampness (the salt band) on the floor. The middle-aged Rabar Singh’s wife is of the same origin and belongs to the Khasi community, but she tells her name as Vimal Kaur. She complains in a fluent Punjabi language that bringing water is a big task in this area, because water comes only for some hours in the mornings and evenings on some public taps.

Even on that day i.e. 31st May, according to a statement, the dispute happened because of the bus being stopped just in front of the public taps and then the girls beat the driver and conductor. However, according to the driver of the bus, Sikh youth gathered together and beat three youths present in the bus out of which two were aged 12 and 15 years. Later, the rumors spread that out of these boys, one died. Rumors were also spread through social media that Punjabis had cut their heads off.

Then what, the crowd gathered in front of the French memorial in the Bara bazar, which attacked the security forces and even pelted stones.

Security forces left tear gas on the protesters and curfew was imposed in the city. Internet services were also closed. Sunny Singh, Sales executive in a private oil company, shows me the place where the petrol bombs were thrown at the Punjabi Lane residents, on the day of dispute. Sunny points out, “In that attack, a scooter burnt and a wooden shop got extremely damaged.”

A proposal to set up a gate for security

A young man says that his family had come here five generations ago, from Gurdaspur, but even after so many years, they are still attached to Punjab and they still go to visit their village.

It is said that in the early days, the Majbi Sikhs that came to Shillong, most of them belonged to the districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar of the Punjab.

When asked about that day, a taxi driver Kishan Singh says, “It was God’s grace, otherwise even the fire brigades cannot come here.” The floors in these houses made of wood, tin etc. are mostly made of plastics or mere carpets. Any kind of fire can be dangerous.

The floors in these houses made of wood, tin etc. are mostly plastics or minor carpets. Some kind of fire can also be dangerous.

UNITED SIKHS, an NGO has proposed to install gates at one or two places in the colony. After short distances, work of installation of fire extinguishers is going on. Although, for how long will these work, many questions arise out of this.

After the last month’s violence, the old demand of relocating Punjabi Line, has rapidly increased after two decades. The government has constituted a high level meeting committee for the residents to some other place. The Former MLA and the Party General Secretary of the Regional political party, United Democratic Party, Gemini Mathew said, “This issue is not new. People of Khasi, Jantia and Garo tribal communities came together on this issue in the 1990’s and a joint committee was formed.” In 1996, one person died in a demonstration on this issue.

Gurjeet Singh points out some people are stubborn to demand for rehabilitation of Punjabi Line. He is the secretary of the Harijan Panchayat Committee and the President of the Local Gurdwara Committee.

How did the Gora line populate?

Suraj Singh, the student of first year of graduation, complains that he is called ‘Dakhar’ meaning an outsider. A tall man lying a grey patka, Suraj Singh resides in Litu area of Mukhra, situated three-and-a-half-kilometer from the Punjabi line, it is also called the Gora line. When the Punjabi Line Majbi Sikhs settled themselves in Shillong, they started calling their relatives and acquaintances from Punjab in connection with the work and thus started the settlement of Gora Line. Apart from people who belonging to Gurdaspur and Amritsar, there are many of them from the districts of Punjab like Ajnala and Dera Baba Nanak.

Shillong ‘Connection’ has played a very important role in the settlement of the Majbi Sikhs in the North-eastern regions of Guwahati and the capital city of Assam, Dispur.

Apart from cleaning the toilets in Shillong city, work on bullock carts of Municipal Corporation and cleaning of offices, roads and private homes was on the rise and local people were not prepared to do it. There is no hesitation in cleaning by the local Aboriginal community now.

Tarun Bharti, editor of the website “Royal Collectile”, says, “Even otherwise, no one is bothered about the caste in the tribal society.”

Meghalaya is a majority state of tribal communities and according to them, they have their first rights on 80% of the jobs.

According to the constitution, those who are not the native residents cannot buy land anywhere in Shillong or in the State. The second aspect of the coin is also that the educated section of the Majbi Sikhs no longer wants to do the cleaning work and getting someother work is not so easy.

Tinka Singh says, “The youth should have some ease after getting a Scheduled caste certificate but here they do not give such certificate and they are not ready to recognize the certificates of Punjab or any other state.”

How can I leave a Gurdwara?

The white line resident, Tinka Singh, has a permanent job in the Vidhan Sabha, but taking Suraj Singh and the Ninth Class student, Daljeet Singh Khokar he says that people are not encouraged to do work of cleaning any more.

The Gora line looks like an illegal colony of Delhi with wide lanes, roofs of the houses are made of bricks, some have few or three floors. In some homes, wood and tin are also used. But water supply connections are not available in homes.

Says Raju Singh, sitting in his marble floored house, “Our area is far from the commercial area of the city, therefore, there is no pressure of uprooting us.” However, pointing to a house, he says that after the attack in the Punjabi Colony, the petrol bomb was thrown here. Raju Singh, president of, Gora line Harijan Panchayat Committee, shows us the gurdwara and churches of the colony. Gora line has a population of about 1500-1600.

According to the study of Himmatri Banerjee, it is mentioned that among the Majbi Sikhs, people belonging to relatively higher castes such as Ramgarhias (carpenter, blacksmith and masonry) and goldsmitha began to discriminate with the Majbis, due to which they established their own gurdwara.

“Our Gurdwara is almost ready, we have loaded mud and bricks on our shoulders and made it happen after working hard day and night, how we can leave it,” said Akash Singh, who is a struggling unemployed graduate.

The Punjabi Line Gurdwara is under construction nowadays.

Akash Singh says that he is being tried to kick out because he is considered to be an outsider.

Gemini Mathew says, “It is tried to present the matter as a caste or communal issue in a constituency. Some people are also trying to take political advantage, but this is not the case. This is only an attempt to reduce the crowd in the city. They are not being asked to leave Meghalaya. It is about their relocation to somewhere else in their city. ”

Still the atmosphere of fear

Captain Amarinder Singh’s government of Punjab sent an official document (Not sure) after the recent violence. A leader of Akali Dal, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Congress minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu and member of the Central Minority Commission, Gurmeet Singh Rai also reached there.

Gurmeet Singh Rai, in a conversation with the BBC, admitted that he did not meet any person from Khasi community in Shillong.

Khasi Student Union’s president Labork Marengar said, “The municipality had constructed quarters for the residents of the Punjabi Line in some other place but they were vacant for many years and these people were not ready to shift.”

Tarun Bharti says, “They fear that after retirement, they will have to vacate the house.”

But Samuel Jirwa of the North-East Students Organization calls it “the result of voting politics.”

Gemini Mathew blames the Congress party, which had been in the state for a long time, for the delay in shifting. However, it is also said that the quarters that were constructed in Bishop Cotton Road by the Municipal Corporation were very few in number.

According to Gurjeet Singh, number of people living in Punjabi line is 2500. But there is a dispute over the number of people living there. Khasi leaders claim that the workers of the municipalities who live in Punjabi line are not more than 50-100 and the rest of the people are living there illegally.

Syiem Ricky Nelson says that according to the compromise that was made between Shillong municipal board and local Sikhs in 1954, 34 thousand square feet land was to be used for sweeper quarters. The commercial sheds were also allowed to be built in that area, but they were not known to be used as markets.

Ricky Nelson is the leader of Shillong and the area in which the Punjabi line is situate.

There are more than 30 Sikhs in the Khasi and Jantia areas of Meghalaya, who are elected by the local people and these Sikhs have their interference in each of those areas.

The District Hill Council has constituted a committee which will soon start the identification of legal and illegal persons in Punjabi Line.

 original content – https://www.bbc.com/hindi/india-44515197

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UNITED SIKHS Partner With “All of Us” Research Program http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/05/united-sikhs-partner-with-all-of-us-research-program/ Thu, 24 May 2018 14:53:33 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2538 ALL OF US

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UNITED SIKHS Newest Human Rights Intern to Study Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem This Summer http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/05/united-sikhs-newest-human-rights-intern-to-study-conflict-resolution-in-jerusalem-this-summer/ Wed, 16 May 2018 21:47:23 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2536 Manjot Singh isn’t your average college sophomore. As a student of International Relations at Suffolk University in Boston, Manjot already has years of experience in conflict-resolution with several prominent grassroots organizations, like Operation Groundswell and Amnesty International.

With the goal of bringing the voice of marginalized groups to the forefront of international politics, Manjot has also helped organize a number of human rights awareness events on her college campus, including a Denim Day event and a women’s equality forum.

She’s even lobbied The House and Senate at the U.S. Capitol – and all before the age of 19.

It is this same passion that led Manjot to join UNITED SIKHS as a junior fellow of International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) programs. Through this work, she will be traveling to Jerusalem this summer, July 14–Aug. 17, to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I know I possess the abilities to make changes in my community and government,” Manjot said. “The best way I can do this is by helping people on the ground and working to understand what they’re experiencing first-hand.”

To support this effort, UNITED SIKHS is partnering with Manjot to raise funds for her upcoming trip. As Manjot studies the pulse of the people in the Middle East, who are actually facing the brunt of human rights violations, she plans to use her findings to arrive at an acceptable diplomatic solution to the ongoing conflict.

Being enthusiastic about working with the youth, Manjot believes that the findings from her research could also be beneficial in changing the biased outlook often projected by the mainstream media about issues concerning the Middle East at-large.

“As for advocating for the perspectives of Israelis and Palestinians in the United States, let me tell you of two of my favorite hobbies – volunteering and advocating for human rights!” Manjot exclaimed.

UNITED SIKHS feels the decision taken by Manjot will encourage more college students to take up similar activities and contribute towards safe-guarding human rights. She will be providing regular updates on her studies from the field as a UNITED SIKHS social media ambassador to raise further awareness using the hashtag #ManjotsTriptoJerusalem.

“Even a donation of $5 will go a long way in helping me fund my trip,” Manjot expressed.

To help UNITED SIKHS raise funds for Manjot’s trip, please donate to her GoFundMe page at: gofundmelink gofundme.com/volunteering-in-jerusalem. Keep reading the UNITED SIKHS blog for her updates this summer!

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UNITED SIKHS Hosts CNN United Shades of America #SikhStory #SikhsInAmerica Watch Party http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/05/united-sikhs-host-cnn-united-shades-of-america-sikhstory-watch-party/ Sun, 06 May 2018 02:06:38 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2508 CNN FINAL
UNITED SIKHS is proud to be featured in CNN’s next episode of the United Shades of America show with host W. Kamau Bell airing Sunday, May 6, at 10 P.M. ET/PT. To honor the work of our amazing volunteers, we will be hosting a public watch party at our New York office, located at 101-05 Lefferts Blvd., Suite 207, S. Richmond Hill, NY 11419. We will also be live tweeting during the episode, encouraging you to share your own #SikhStory with us @UNITEDSIKHS.

As highlighted in this clip, UNITED SIKHS is proud to be at the forefront of providing global disaster relief and humanitarian aid, serving humanity wherever and whenever needed. Through explosions and gunfire in Syria, devastating earthquakes in Haiti and unprecedented weather events, like Hurricane Katrina in the United States, UNITED SIKHS was there.

And with your help, we’ll continue to be there. Join us for our watch party, reach out to us to learn more about about our programs and get involved as a volunteer or donor today!

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Please note: United Shades of America may contain stories about hate crimes against the Sikh community. UNITED SIKHS is a global human rights advocate. If you have been the victim of a hate crime, please report it to us immediately via our online reporting form.

To RSVP for the watch party or for any other information, please email us at contact@unitedsikhs.org.

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UNITED SIKHS with SNEHALAYA http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/03/snehalaya/ Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:28:48 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2493 Since 1989, Snehalaya has been providing free healthcare and rehabilitation to the neglected and exploited in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Besides working for women and children in distress, Snehalaya reaches out to children with special needs, unwed mothers, survivors of rape and sexual assault, people with HIV/AIDS, and victims of human trafficking. What started as a Death with Dignity program, a few roadside huts and a bike attached to a cart which provided palliative care to some of India’s first AIDS casualties now serves over 29,000 beneficiaries each year running 16 key projects across four key areas, education, healthcare, rehabilitation, and awareness, that help our beneficiaries thrive in life. Their services are primarily for Women & Children and LGBT communities affected by poverty and the commercial sex industry.  They help fight HIV and AIDS and to end human trafficking, improve education for deprived children and campaign for justice to bring rescue, rights and rehabilitation to those that need it. Below are some of their projects, each one unique and amazing!

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Snehalaya Americas, Inc. is a registered 501 c(3) entity, organization in the United States. All donations  to Snehalaya Americas, Incare tax deductible.

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Project Udaan is an initiative by Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI)

OVBI is an organization formed by Indians living abroad, with passion and care for a building better India. These are doctors, lawyers, students, engineers, volunteers, business owners, various professionals and everyday citizens that have joined hands for a progressive India. We believe that indifference of the good people is responsible for India’s current problems and are committed to change it.

What would you like to do for India given an opportunity?? Because the time is Now!

Overseas Volunteer for Better India (OVBI) invites you to join us in taking responsibility towards India’s Development. Our key areas of focus are Good Governance, Education, Technology and Rural Development. Visit www.overseasvbi.org to become a Member or Volunteer. OVBI is a 501c3 organization in the United States. All donations  to Project Udaan are tax deductible.

UNITED SIKHS are part of the noble cause and trying to help many as possible. Become a member/volunteer/support with us.

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UNITED SIKHS- Youngest Volunteer Gursimran Singh http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/03/united-sikhs-youngest-volunteer-gursimran-singh/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:48:05 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2485 My name is Gursimran Singh and recently I have collaborated with the UNITED SIKHS to donate musical instruments for the Anova School for the Autistic in Santa Rosa, California. After reading a CNN article about how the Anova school for the Autistic was destroyed in the recent devastating California Wildfires, I was deeply touched for these kids, who are less resilient to change. It must be extremely upsetting to lose their school and, in some cases, their whole lives, and these special kids need an immediate response to return their lives to normal. With that in mind, I paid a visit to Anova school to get a firsthand look at the destruction and determine how I could bring smiles to their faces. Through leads from the CNN article, I met with the Anova School Founder & Co-founder, Mrs. Mary Beth Ludwig & Mr. Andrew Bailey and saw the impact of the destruction, the wildfire caused.

I belong to the Sikh faith, a minority religion that believes in helping everyone. In fact, one of the three pillars of the Sikh faith is to share with those in need. After my visit, I shared my experience with UNITED SIKHS, a UN-based International NGO and explained the plight of the Anova school, and they too were touched and pledged to help the school.

During our discussion, I learned that they had lost everything in their school. When asked what we could do to help, they supplied us with a list of items that the Sikh community could donate. Among these items was a set of music supplies. Children at Anova school with mild autism are shy and introverted. Therefore, music supplies would be perfect in helping them adjust and become more social.

In the weeks that followed, I collaborated with the relief and rehabilitation team of UNITED SIKHS to order and deliver the music supplies. On March 23rd, 2018, we were able to hand deliver musical instruments to the school at Santa Rosa. As the school had rented these musical instruments, there were now ecstatic when we donated these to them.

The Anova School has been extremely grateful to UNITED SIKHS & the Sikh community for the aid provided to them in a time of need.

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UNITED SIKHS Rohingya Humanitarian Relief Mission in Cox Bazaar Bangladesh http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/01/2473/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:02:13 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2473 R1

 

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Can I donate blood if I have diabetes….? http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2018/01/can-i-still-donate-blood-if-i-have-diabetes-can-i/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 03:51:49 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2454

23rd Jan 2018, New York, NY: Donating blood is a selfless way to help others. UNITED SIKHS continues to live its objectives by contributing and doing selfless seva. To organize a blood drive in your region write to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org. For more information on Blood Drives or other UNITED SIKHS Community Service initiatives, visit us at www.unitedsikhs.org/ceed. One of the common questions asked is, “Can I donate blood, if I have diabetes?”. A detailed study is provided below. As a  part of the Sikh Aid and awareness program we share the information below – Courtesy of  thediabetescouncil.org

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have questions about donating blood.

Blood banks are always in need of donations. During disasters and other emergencies, people often require blood transfusions to survive.

It’s only natural that people with diabetes will want to help in situations when blood transfusions are needed, and people with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can and do donate blood. It’s important to note that just one pint of blood can help up to three people in need.

 

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The Diabetes Council has provided a detailed study to spread awareness on this subject.
Click the below link to see the details.
https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/can-i-still-donate-blood-if-i-have-diabetes/

To donate blood with diabetes, your blood sugar needs to be in your target range. Your A1C should be less than 7%, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. If your blood sugars and diabetes are not well controlled, you shouldn’t donate blood. Besides having your blood sugars in control, you should also have other conditions under control. For example, your blood pressure should be less than 180/100 mmHg to give blood, which is higher than 140/90 mmHg that is the recommended blood pressure for people with diabetes. Conversely, if your blood pressure is less than 90/50 mmHg, you won’t be able to donate blood.

Besides diabetes, they will also ask you about other conditions, and medications which you may be taking. Diabetes medications generally won’t keep you from giving blood in the US, but there is a Red Cross list of other medications that shouldn’t be taken if you are donating blood, including blood thinners. The Red Cross representative will screen you for conditions and medications which may affect your ability to donate blood with diabetes and related health conditions. Another thing to know is that if you plan to donate platelets, you should not take aspirin or blood thinners for several days prior to your donation.


Heart disease and donating blood

If you have heart complications from your diabetes, there are some things that you need to know. Heart disease will generally not stop you from donating blood if you have diabetes, but if it has been less than six months since you have had symptoms related to your heart disease, then you may not be able to donate. If your heart disease is stable and being treated, and you have had no issues in the last six months, such as chest pains or shortness of breath, you should then be okay to donate blood. You should also have no restrictions of activities due to your heart if you plan to donate blood.

To organize a blood drive in your region write to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org. For more information on Blood Drives or other UNITED SIKHS Community Service initiatives, visit us at www.unitedsikhs.org/ceed

Community Health Coordinator
Aditi Kaur
E: aditi.kaur@unitedsikhs.org

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This year, #GivingTuesday matters more than ever. http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2017/11/this-year-givingtuesday-matters-more-than-ever/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2444 #givingTuesday
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੁੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹਿ ।
The Pure Ones Belong to the Divine! Victory belongs to the One!

Every minute, twenty people are displaced from their homes all over the world. Over half a million of them are Rohingya refugees escaping into Bangladesh.

Life is at a standstill of the thousands of people in North America who have lost their homes because of natural disasters. Over half of Puerto Rico is still without power; hundreds of thousands do not have reliable access to food, water, and health care.

UNITED SIKHS Disaster Relief teams are working tirelessly to bring life-saving supplies and aid to these vulnerable communities across the world – regardless of religion, ethnicity, and geography. Compassion fuels us, and it is universal.

With your gift of support, we can continue to serve humanity and further Guru Gobind Singh ji’s mission: “Recognize The Human Race As One.”

Donate here and help make a difference today.

In Gratitude and Chardi Kala,
UNITED SIKHS Team
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GIVE A GIFT OF SUPPORT

“The best law is of Love.
The best Service is labour in Love.
The best Ethics are unselfishness from man to man
and the incessant giving of the self. ”
Prof. Puran Singh

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Hurricane Harvey 2017 – Items Needed as on 09/01/2017 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2017/09/harvey-2017itemsneeded/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:30:40 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2412 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

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