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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.

Update from: Joravar Singh, from Hounslow in London, a member of the UNITED SIKHS GHANAIA Tsunami Relief Team based in South India

Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Islands: Hello guys… I'd just like to let you know how I'm settling into the UNITED SIKHS Camp.

Navneet, you already know how comfortable I am feeling in the group, from the moment you picked me up. Menjinderpal, I'd like to re-assure you, that the mood in the camp is very good. The team is getting stronger and stronger as the days go by. We had a minor set back today, as we couldn't join the Navy ship, due to them not receiving orders that we are allowed on the ship. But in typical fashion, we raised our heads again, to get back out there and find another root to join the aid we sent, to deliver it personally to the victims. We're planning for me, Judge, Major and Surinder to go over, hopefully tomorrow, if we can pull a few strings.

Let me just let you know, the team so far, is individually so differant and unique. Me and Navneet were like glue soon as we met. Didn't need no sign or even ask each others name, we just knew we were the ones to work together on an highly important task. He's organised!

The next day, we met the engine to for our team. He's got charm, charisma and stability. I'm talking about Major Santokh Singh. He's been so inspirational so far, and I am looking forward to whats to come from him. He is a genuine seva dar.

Then we met the brains in our team, Judge Singh. He knows what is needed and when it is needed. We've already complimented him, on his dedication. He's ready when the team is. A true team player. (enjoys holding a camera too).

We're now looking forward to the two coming over from the States in the next couple of days.

Mejinderpal, none of us has yet met you, but we feel you are a huge part of the team, and thanks for bringing us together for this important task and for all the work your doing from the States. We promise we won't let you down, but most importantly, we won't let the people of Nicobar down.Keep us posted with what we need to do. I'll write a report soon, of the journey how it has gone so far, from my perspective. But you can read the reports i'm sending to my family and friends back home if you like, at the bottom of the page.

Hope to hear from you soon Mejinderpal. But for the boys, lets get cracking lads!

—Joravar Singh.

P.S. Just to let you know the two local lads, Surinder and Swaran Singh are very helpful. They're also playing a big part in the team.

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