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UNITED SIKHS, an international non-profit human development NGO, is currently working to provide humanitarian aid to victims of the Asian tsunami disaster. Current UNITED SIKHS projects include relief efforts in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nicobar Islands, South India, and Aceh, Indonesia.

Drinking Water Supply in Campbell Bay

Drinking water has been a problem ever since Tsunami hit the islanders. Over 10,000 people in relief camps are facing difficulties with the limited supply of drinking water. Each camp has drum of 200 liters to store drinking water. After assessment of situation and looking at the dire need for clean water UNITED SIKHS has decided to make arrangements for water at camps for cooking and drinking.

A water tanker fitted with long supply pipe and water pump unit seems to be the best alternative. Water tanker can transport water from far distance reservers and fill up the drums in each camp twice a day.

A 5000 gallon .Syntex. water tank is bought in Port Blair. This tank would be installed on a Swaraj Mazda truck chassis to make a mobile water tanker. A designated driver and helper are required along with fuel expenses of Tanker.

Kuldip Singh, UNITED SIKHS, is working on the water supply chain process and soon would present the estimate cost.

Ambulance for Campbell Bay

People in camps have suffered with emotional trauma, headache, stomachache, body pains, cuts and bruises after the disaster. A good medical treatment along with paramedics is required in conjunction with volunteer work done by UNITED SIKHS at base camps.

Keeping up with the demand of victims in camps and to promote the health care policies UNITED SIKHS is proposing for an Ambulance to reach out to 70 percent of the Campbell bay population with emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services. Some efforts have been made by various organizations to supply an ambulance but nothing has done so far.

UNITED SIKHS Singapore is looking to provide an ambulance for Campbell bay. Bhenji Lakhwinder Kaur is arriving at Chennai on 13th March to look into the details of the ambulance project. She would talk to dealers with Bhai Esher Singh and make some arrangement. Earlier, Bhai Esher Singh talked to Swaraj Mazda dealers, who presented a quotation of 7.5 Lakhs for an equipped ambulance. This would be finalized after Lakhwinder Kaur talks to dealers.

Boat for Campbell Bay

Boat equipped with motor is essential for Campbell bay victims for transportation especially in rainy season when all other connections are cut off between islands and mainland. Motor boat comes handy to supply food material, water and medicines to the needy. This would ease the relief effort and rehabilitation work of aid workers.

Bhenji Lakhwinder Kaur, UNITED SIKHS would look into the possibilities of buying one motor boat for Campbell bay.

  • Drinking water supply to Camps
  • Ambulance service for emergency
  • Motor Boat for transportation

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