An international NGO Khalsa Aid organization have set a great example of humanity. The team Khalsa Aid is always there whenever there is any emergency situation and are always the first one to reach there and help them with the basic amenities.
As Kerala is in its worst condition for now as the heavy rains gave a tough time to many and people from all over the world supporting and also asking to help the people in need. Now the UK based Sikh Charity, Khalsa Aid, known for their humanitarian work in the situation like this and many other reached there to support the people with basic needs.
The Khalsa Aid team has set up a langar (community kitchen) in Kochi to provide food to the needy's. They are working with Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Kochi as in the Gurudwara food is being prepared. Volunteers from both the Gurdwara Sahib members and Khalsa Aid are cooking and serving the food to the victims. They have set up a relief camp where meals are being served to 3,000 people.
Amarpreet Singh, Asia Pacific managing director of Khalsa Aid said,“Our team is currently at Assisi Vidyaniketan Public School, Perumpilly in Kochi and serving langar to 3,000 people. We have adopted this camp. More volunteers will reach there soon".
Japneet Singh from Ludhiana, Inderjeet Singh from Delhi, Jasbeer Singh from Khanna and Navalpal Singh from Jalandhar are the part of the first team of Khalsa Aid volunteers who have reached Kerala. They are being helped by eight local volunteers. “We served rice and veggies to people last night. Local gurudwara is helping in preparing food,” said Singh.
Gursahib Singh, a volunteer from Ludhiana said, “As per inputs from our team on ground zero in Kerala, people are in dire need of sanitary pads, mosquito nets, anti-bacterial soaps, slippers, tarpaulin sheets, knives, among other things. Soon, we will be establishing collection centers in Punjab to donate these.”
Pardeep Aggarwal, deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, said, “A team of our senior officers led by IAS Basant Garg is going to Kerala. We have coordinated with Kerala government and choppers to transport relief material have been provided by Indian Air Force (IAF). Choppers will take off from Halwara air force station tonight and land at Trivandrum in Kerala. Currently, cartons are being loaded. Ludhiana received a target of dispatching one lakh packets under the relief announced by CM Captain Amarinder Singh for Kerala.”
As the Kerala government is asking for funds raising from people all over the world through the social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Khalsa Aid also opens an international fundraiser where anyone can help through Paytm which is directly linked with the Khalsa Aid organization.
Ravinder (Ravi) Singh founded this charitable organization after he faced the difficulty of the refugees in Kosovo in 1999. The motto of the organization is “with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in affected areas and civil conflict zones around the world”. The organization says it follows the Sikh principle of “Recognise the whole human race as one."