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19th Sep 2011, New York, NY: Attached are disaster assistance guides produced by local 2-1-1, New York State and the Long Island VOAD. The guides outline resources and forms of assistance available to those impacted by recent storms. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Disaster Assistance Guides’ »
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’ »
1. Approved Operational Transition Statement- American Red Cross
This is a statement issued by the American Red Cross of Greater New York containing operational information agreed upon between the American Red Cross and the New York City Office of Emergency Management regarding Coastal Storm Plan ongoing operations: Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update from NYC VOAD’ »
A few weeks ago UNITED SIKHS volunteers left London Heathrow Airport to help with humanitarian relief efforts in Chile. We have just received email below from volunteer Baljinder Kaur whose diary experience is blogged below. Just days before leaving Baljinder was helping give hot meals (Langaar) at Heathrow airport when flights in UK and Europe were grounded by the Icelandic ash cloud.
It is with your support these humanitarian efforts can continue, please keep look out in coming days for more information and photos of work being carried out in Chile.
I`ve managed to find a hut/home which has internet access – and asked if I can use it in with the very few Spanish words we`ve learnt here from a young girl who teaches me Spanish.
We are very busy now with langaar and the distribution of the container- The container arrived on Sunday and we were really surprised with what Canadian UNITED SIKHS had packed! They packed almost everything we needed to start a langaar from scratch, for example they packed us matches, candles, UNITED SIKHS volunteer t-shirts. The amazing part of this is that these boxes in particular fell out of the container as soon as we opened the doors – otherwise there is no way we would have found them until much later.
The local ladies came yesterday to help peel the vegetables and prepare langaar and they will be coming again today – which is really good as we can cook more and they now also feel part of a community.
The distribution of food and clothes is going well – two of the volunteers take the food (cereal boxes, baby milk, rice, etc…) and drive to remote areas in a car. There is a lot to do here so we normally wake early in the morning and go to sleep very late at night.
The locals really enjoy us being here and are leaning alot about Sikhs. There is one local called Maximo who comes into the community centre where we have set up the langaar (and where we sleep) very drunk – he`s told us that something very bad happened to him and that’s why he now drinks – but he said since the earthquake-tsunami we (Sikhs) are now here so that’s something very good that has happened. However when he does come we try and feed him as much as possible and as each day goes by I actually think he comes less and less drunk – so perhaps us being here will change his life around as well.
Anyway I need to get back to the community centre – i have left both Gurpreets washing massive pots for tonight’s langaar.
I will most likely email next when get back to the UK.
By MICAH MAIDENBERG
Baljinder Bathla learned of the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while watching CNN in his South Loop townhouse the morning of Jan. 13, the day after the disaster struck the Caribbean nation.
As it happened, he and his wife, Sagina Hanjrah, both doctors, had been planning a trip in early 2010 to Ecuador to volunteer their medical skills in small village. But that trip had fallen through. So by the evening of the first day following the quake, as the extent of devastation was becoming clear, the husband and wife were discussing traveling to Haiti to pitch in. Continue reading ‘Helping Haiti – South Loop husband and wife lend a hand’ »
United Sikhs volunteers have continued the humanitarian relief work in Haiti. Presented here are pictures from a camp held about 100 miles away from Port-au-Prince. This camp was set up by Dharampal Sandhu, Tarlok Saggu and Raj Badwal and it served over 2000 people on daily basis. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Pictures from 2nd Camp in Barbancourt, Haiti’ »
February 19, 2010 3:19 p.m. EST
Topics: disaster and accident, relief and aid organization, United States
Tejinder Singh – AHN Correspondent
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – The unique nature of the situation posed by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti was highlighted by representatives from major relief organizations, the U.S. State Department and journalists with first-hand experience in post-earthquake Haiti in an hour-long presentation at the National Press Club on Thursday..
Nan Buzard of the American Red Cross emphasized the tremendous gap between the difficulty of the operation on the ground and the strong desire of the world for things to immediately improve in Haiti.
City Councillor Vicky Dhillon is representing Brampton in Haiti, to encourage more groups and organization to come forward and help.
He is also helping United Sikhs there in its humanitarian aid effort.
Last week, during a city council meeting, Mayor Susan Fennell announced Dhillon was due to leave for Haiti.
Dhillon, who left over the weekend, will be in Haiti until Feb 22.
He is carrying 1,500 shirts, printed ‘Brampton Care Haiti’, lots of tooth-brushes, dry food, shoes, etc.
Fennell had also appealed to Bramptonians to donate summer clothes for our friends in need in Haiti.
“City of Brampton and the Sikhs have a strong and vibrant community and we want our Bramptonians to have an opportunity to assist Haiti once again to become a strong and vibrant community,” Dhillon said. Continue reading ‘Vicky Dhillon in Haiti – Press Coverage by South Asian Focus’ »
14th Feb 2010, Santo Domingo: UNITED SIKHS welcomes Councillor Vicky Dhillon from Brampton Ontario. He is on a sewa mission to serve the Haitian community that has suffered an incalculable loss. We are humbled that people from all walks of life are here serving the Haitian community. A note that was emailed about him from his fan is attached below:
VICKY DHILLON REPRESENTING CITY OF BRAMPTON IN HAITI Continue reading ‘VICKY DHILLON REPRESENTING CITY OF BRAMPTON IN HAITI’ »