From the Field
Relief Workers' Report
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.
Fifth Shipment Loaded on Ship for Campbell Bay
Harbhajan Singh, UNITED SIKHS, New Delhi along with Bhai Esher Singh and other volunteers loaded a shipment of 72 boxes (2 tons), 7 bundles and 10 containers of pickles into a ship to Campbell Bay. 35 boxes out of 72 were shipped from Washington DC, USA, which were 'stuck' with a custom officer at the Chennai International Airport warehouse. It took 3 weeks to convince the officers and get the clearance. "It appeared as if a battle has been won" said Harbhajan Singh after loading the Shipment from the warehouse. Custom officers opened the boxes randomly to verify the contents. They had to go through lot of paper work at the customs office.
Details of contents of Shipment:
- Cloths, woolen garments (shawl), and Towels
- Turbans and 5 Kakkars
- Utensils for cooking
- Milk Powder Nestle - 31 Boxes
- Cerelac Milk (Baby Food) - 10 Boxes
- Colgate tooth paste and Tooth Brushes- 10 boxes
- Dettol Soap - 200 pieces
- Sound Speakers for Gurudwara
- Medicines and water purification tablets - 5 Boxes
- Buckets and Mugs
- Tool Box Kit
- Mosquito repeller - 1 Box
- Pickel (Achaar) - 10 containers
Shipment would take a week to reach at Campbell bay. There is a delay because ship is routed through Port Blair.
Food Stock in Campbell bay
As of now 3 Tons of flour (Atta), and Dal is available in Campbell Bay. Bhai Esher Singh has been asked to stock 5 Tons more before the monsoon hits the Island in April. Earlier wheat Flour was also distributed to the Army/Airforce Camp in Campbell Bay.
For detail contact: Kuldip.Singh@unitedsikhs.org