October 25, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
DONGGALA, INDONESIA: Following a series of natural disasters, including several high-magnitude earthquakes, a tsunami and volcanic eruption, United Sikhs has announced the launch of its “Feed-a-Family” campaign to help provide ongoing support for local residents in their time of need. Presently, the non-profit organization hosts daily langar meal distribution twice a day at a base camp for displaced families whose whole villages and homes were swept into the sea during the tsunami.
“The country has been completely decimated – whole homes and schools are gone and many thousands of residents are now living in tents across several base camps stationed on the island,” said Harjiwan Singh, United Sikhs Humanitarian Volunteer. “We are working with local authorities and our fellow NGOs to provide nourishment through twice daily langar meals, which is the only source of food many Indonesians have been able to receive since the series of disasters struck.
Through langar service, many Indonesian families at the Donggala base camp, who are predominately Muslim, are learning about the principles of Sikhism and selfless service (seva) for the first time. A partnership has been forged with the local community, which is working with United Sikhs ground volunteers to prepare the fresh daily meals.
“Residents have learned to greet us in Punjabi, pray and sing with us, and thank us constantly for coming from India to help them with humanitarian aid. Some have even traveled hundreds of miles to receive langar,” said Parminder Singh, United Sikhs Humanitarian Volunteer. “This is what Sikhism is all about—helping people of all faiths whenever, wherever needed.”
In addition to daily langar, United Sikhs volunteers are distributing humanitarian aid packets containing dry food rations, including rice, noodles and biscuits, as well as clothing, diapers and blankets.
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