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January 13, 2005

UPDATE FROM GROUND TEAM

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Khalsa Aid has sent their first team to identify the current situation in Tamil Nadu, Andaman Islands, Nikobar Island and Sri Lanka. Khalsa aid has agreed to organise and fund the following active projects and is providing immediate funds and supplies.

Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore District

Over 400 families are homeless without shelter. No major agencies are present here. Khalsa Aid is organising 400 tents to be made locally in Bangalore and personally hand deliver these to the affected families this week.

Six nursery schools have been destroyed and Khalsa Aid is consulting contractors to rebuild these schools. We are also furnishing existing nurseries which are badly in need of books, toys, learning materials and basic furnishings such as mats.

Khalsa Aid has also agreed to partially fund the construction of 112 new homes for families that had lost theirs due to the Tsunami. This project is a joint initiative with Sri Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Bombay and other Sikh groups, including the local Gurdwara in Chennai.

Andaman/Nikobar Islands

Khalsa Aid arrived in Port Blair this morning and was greeted by the local Sikh community and officials. An assessment will be carried out over the next few hours to determine the specific requirements with which Khalsa Aid can assist.

A further flight is planned this afternoon to reach the Car Nikobar Island where there is a strong Sikh community. The local Sikhs are in a state of shock at how their "mini punjab" has been destroyed. Over 300 families have been affected in this area and over

70 Sikh homes have been destroyed. Khalsa Aid is travelling with the Sri Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Mumbai.

Sri Lanka

Khalsa Aid received a request for 500 shelter tents from Sri Lankan charities and are having these made at factories in Bangalore this week. These will be delivered to the affected families early next week once a Khalsa Aid sevadar is available to supervise this.

How the Sangat Can Help.

We ask the sangat to pray for all the Tsunami-affected families. Khalsa Aid also requires more volunteers. If you would like to help, please call our hotline or visit our website www.khalsaaid.org (UK Registered Charity 1080374). You can also contact the ground team at the numbers given below.

Phone:

Hotline (England) 0870-7770970

Ground Team (India) +91 984 025 8984 OR +91 984 060 3528

Mailing Address:

66 Grasmere Avenue,

Slough, SL2 5JF,

England

Online: www.khalsaaid.org

E-mail: info@khalsaaid.org

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PRESS RELEASE

January 13, 2005

UPDATE FROM GROUND TEAM

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Khalsa Aid has sent their first team to identify the current situation in Tamil Nadu, Andaman Islands, Nikobar Island and Sri Lanka. Khalsa aid has agreed to organise and fund the following active projects and is providing immediate funds and supplies.

Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore District

Over 400 families are homeless without shelter. No major agencies are present here. Khalsa Aid is organising 400 tents to be made locally in Bangalore and personally hand deliver these to the affected families this week.

Six nursery schools have been destroyed and Khalsa Aid is consulting contractors to rebuild these schools. We are also furnishing existing nurseries which are badly in need of books, toys, learning materials and basic furnishings such as mats.

Khalsa Aid has also agreed to partially fund the construction of 112 new homes for families that had lost theirs due to the Tsunami. This project is a joint initiative with Sri Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle in Bombay and other Sikh groups, including the local Gurdwara in Chennai.

Andaman/Nikobar Islands

Khalsa Aid arrived in Port Blair this morning and was greeted by the local Sikh community and officials. An assessment will be carried out over the next few hours to determine the specific requirements with which Khalsa Aid can assist.

A further flight is planned this afternoon to reach the Car Nikobar Island where there is a strong Sikh community. The local Sikhs are in a state of shock at how their "mini punjab" has been destroyed. Over 300 families have been affected in this area and over

70 Sikh homes have been destroyed. Khalsa Aid is travelling with the Sri Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Mumbai.

Sri Lanka

Khalsa Aid received a request for 500 shelter tents from Sri Lankan charities and are having these made at factories in Bangalore this week. These will be delivered to the affected families early next week once a Khalsa Aid sevadar is available to supervise this.

How the Sangat Can Help

We ask the sangat to pray for all the Tsunami-affected families. Khalsa Aid also requires more volunteers. If you would like to help, please call our hotline or visit our website www.khalsaaid.org (UK Registered Charity 1080374). You can also contact the ground team at the numbers given below.

Phone:

Hotline (England) 0870-7770970

Ground Team (India) +91 984 025 8984 OR +91 984 060 3528

Mailing Address:

66 Grasmere Avenue,

Slough, SL2 5JF,

England

Online: www.khalsaaid.org

E-mail: info@khalsaaid.org

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