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KHALSA AID PRESS RELEASE (28/01/2010)

We have just had an update from the Khalsa Aid team in Haiti. The team have established excellent contacts with local organisations such as RHASADE who are based in Port au Prince and are affiliated with the World Food Programme (WFP - part of the UN), and have centres all over rural Haiti. The team have visited towns such as Labone and Guerin (based in Leogone) which are located much closer to the epicentre of the quake and thus have experienced huge devastation. Ravinder Singh (CEO Khalsa Aid) has said that in over 10 years of humanitarian work the scenes of destruction were of "the worst he had ever seen". Khalsa Aid is working in areas close to the epicentre of the earthquake. They were shocked at the fact that they are the first NGO (non governmental organisation) to reach these areas. These towns 30-40 kilometres west of Port au Prince have no clean water or food and are totally neglected by the large international organisations who are mainly working in the centre of Port au Prince.

KHALSA AID RESPONSE:

Khalsa Aid will be providing clean water to the thousands of survivors in these neglected areas. In the short term, Khalsa Aid is looking to provide safe drinking water through the use of tankers across the small villages and towns. Longer term, Khalsa Aid has determined that there is local knowledge of digging tube-wells to extract water from 90ft deep though many villagers have stated that the water is not clean enough and need a filtration system. This is similar to the work Khalsa Aid completed in Barisal, Bangladesh where water was delivered twice daily in which time natural water filtration systems were built.

Volunteers in Haiti, the US and the UK have been working around the clock to expedite huge sea containers of dry food and other relief materials to the worst hit areas. The Khalsa Aid team in Haiti have also requested tools such as hammers, saws and nails etc to assist with longer term reconstruction of dwellings. The newly formed Khalsa Aid (USA) team will be arranging for the rapid delivery of materials.

Khalsa Aid has always determined and assessed first hand the needs of the local population first and never rushed into a disaster zone - we do not follow the actions of other organisations but always identify the "forgotten" victims of any disaster especially in rural or hard to reach areas.

We are hugely grateful to the Sangat worldwide for enabling us to provide aid and relief to those who have not been reached.

The size of our response is solely dependent on the support of the Sangat. Please help us to expand our efforts. If you would like to donate for the project in Haiti or collect relief materials / supplies please contact us. We are also looking for fit healthy and big-hearted people out there who have a MINIMUM of 3 weeks available - please do get in touch with us.

To Donate please click below:

http://www.khalsaaid.org/donate.html

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UK Registered Charity (#1080374)

Bal Sandhu

Mobile: +44 (0) 788 688 6081

E-mail: balsandhu@khalsaaid.org

Baljit Singh

Mobile: +44 (0) 773 7623 597

E-mail: baljitsingh@khalsaaid.org

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Khalsa Aid has had a very constructive meeting this morning with Dr Jacques from RHASADE, our local partners. Dr Jacques has again reiterated the need to provide clean drinking water to the effected people of Darbonne and Guerin ( epicentre of the earthquake ), the total population effected in these towns is approx 15000. Khalsa Aid (UK ) team in Haiti has requested the newly formed Khalsa Aid ( USA ) to source the best available water filteration units and generators. Dr Jacques has also discussed the possibility of Khalsa Aid setting up a fully loaded mobile health clinic which will reach out to every village in and around these towns.We have agreed in principle to this most excellent idea, we are awaiting a full list of medicines and equipment required. i have personnaly witnessed the destruction and terrible conditions in make shift camps.I am deeply concerned at the lack of sanitation and medical treatment in these rural camps hence the preparation of a mobile clinic. The medicines will have to be purchased in Dominican Republic, Mandeep Singh Khalsa will accompany the doctor to Dominican Republic to pay for and transport the medicines into Haiti.

To Donate please click below:

http://www.khalsaaid.org/donate.html

www.khalsaaid.org

UK Registered Charity (#1080374)

Bal Sandhu

Mobile: +44 (0) 788 688 6081

E-mail: balsandhu@khalsaaid.org

Baljit Singh

Mobile: +44 (0) 773 7623 597

E-mail: baljitsingh@khalsaaid.org

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CANADIAN SIKHS SUPPORT KHALSA AID IN OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO HAITI

Canadian Volunteers En-route to Haiti

Three Sikhs from BC, Canada contacted Khalsa Aid wishing to volunteer with Khalsa Aid in Haiti. After speaking to CEO Ravinder Singh (currently in Haiti) and being informed of the projects undertaken they decided to travel immediately to Haiti via Dominican Republic. Although informed of the dangers and difficulties with all International missions, Deep Singh, Prabhroop Kaur and Harlene Kaur booked their tickets regardless, and will be joining the Khalsa Aid team in Haiti. We pray that Waheguru blesses all volunteers of all organizations in Haiti good health, and the strength and courage to help the Haitian people.

Canadian Sikh Associations Provide Crutches for the Hundreds of Amputees

We are very grateful to Bhai Ajmer Singh of Toronto, "Ontario Sikh and Gurudwara Council, Canada" and the "International Panjabi Foundation of Toronto" for providing 1000 crutches for the amputees in Haiti.

Bhai Ajmer Singh has been an excellent example of a committed humanitarian with his rapid selfless reaction to the personal appeal from Khalsa Aid, after we were approached for support by Medicins Sans Frontier (MSF). 5 years ago Bhai Ajmer Singh volunteered with Khalsa Aid in our Tsunami projects, personally travelling to the Andaman Island. Having witnessed and partaking in a Khalsa Aid Project, Bhai Ajmer Singh was confident that Khalsa Aid be chosen to deliver the much needed supplies to the Haitian people.

These crutches were distributed to the hospitals in Port au Prince on Thursday 11th February.

These crutches are one of the most sought after medical equipment due to the extremely high demand caused by the horrific injuries sustained in the earthquake. We thank Bhai Ajmer Singh and his fellow Canadian Gursikhs for their unstinting support.

We also wish to thank Air Canada, 1X1 and the Canadian Army for their support in providing the transportation and their great spirit of cooperation as they also were very kind in also providing medicines and food to Khalsa Aid to distribute.

How You Can Help:

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UK Registered Charity (#1080374)

Bal Sandhu

Mobile: +44 (0) 788 688 6081

E-mail: balsandhu@khalsaaid.org

Baljit Singh

Mobile: +44 (0) 773 7623 597

E-mail: baljitsingh@khalsaaid.org

Khalsa Aid in Haiti providing Urgent Relief for Orphans in Haiti.

Helping at the local Orphanages was especially emotional for the Khalsa Aid team, as they really got attached to them....and as you can see from the photos so did the kids who were intrigued by the Singhs beards!

Having already provided food, water and medical provisions in these camps, Khalsa Aid made a commitment to fully renovate the orphanages which at the moment have no floors or proper structures.

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