KhalsaAid

ABOUT US

Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world. The organisation is based upon the Sikh principle of “Recognise the whole human race as one”.

LATEST NEWS STORIES

27 Sep 2022

Annual Dinner 2022

We recently hosted our annual dinner, where we were able to provide our key donors, volunteers and partners with updates on our global aid projects. We are very grateful to all our guests who travelled far and wide to attend our event and continue supporting the life-changing relief work that Khalsa Aid provides. Each of you has played an essential role in helping Khalsa Aid on its mission to serve humanity and we are thankful that we were able to gather together to reflect on our progress.

Global Chapters
We were privileged that the Khalsa Aid country leaders for Canada, USA, India and Australia joined us in person to provide updates on their key projects, and we were also able to hear from our country leader in Iraq via video link. Khalsa Aid is a truly global charity and we will continue to grow our teams across all regions.

Raffle
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our raffle and we hope you enjoy the prizes. We were overwhelmed by our guests’ generosity and managed to raise over £8,000, all of which will be used to support our on-going relief programmes. We would also like to thank our supporters and local businesses who donated a tremendous amount of high quality raffle gifts.

Entertainment
Firstly, we extend our gratitude to the MC on the night, Sukhi Bart, for hosting the event and keeping us entertained. Thank you to Déjà Vu Events and Booth Kings Limited for helping create an engaging atmosphere for our guests. In addition, our guests were blown away by the captivating musical performances from Harsimran Kaur & Ranvir Singh, Amrit Kaur Lohia and the Grewal Twins.

We would also like to thank the NHS England Blood & Transplant Organ Donation Ambassadors for attending and helping raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Lastly, we express our utmost gratitude to the Radisson Blu Edwardian, London. The hotel management team has consistently created magical nights for us throughout the years and has once again exceeded expectations. The management’s generosity has allowed Khalsa Aid to connect with our supporters for the first time since the Covid pandemic, for which we are highly appreciative.

31 Aug 2022

Pakistan Emergency Floods Appeal

Flash floods have displaced over 33 million people, leaving one third of Pakistan underwater.

On Sunday 28th August 2022 an emergency was declared in Pakistan as severe monsoon flooding displaced around 33 million people while leaving 1,100 people dead. The UN has described the flooding as a 'monsoon on steroids' and initial reports indicate that approximately one third of the country is currently underwater.

Around one million homes have been damaged by the floods which have affected at least 110 districts across Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has described the floods as "probably the worst in the history of Pakistan".

Khalsa Aid International has mobilised teams on the ground to carry out assessments of the needs of the victims of the floods. We have teams spread across numerous provinces who will be providing temporary accommodation, Langar (hot meals), medical supplies, sanitary items, and food packs.

We also have teams working around the clock with local and international suppliers to secure vital aid supplies. Please continue to follow our social media channels for live updates of the situation on the ground and how you can assist our relief efforts.

21 Jul 2022

10th Annual Snowdon Hike

After two years of the pandemic, we couldn’t wait to get started on our 10th Annual Snowdon hike! We wanted to make this event special as we knew our donors were eager to get back out again and raise funds for a good cause with their family and friends. We had wonderful weather making it a perfect day for a hike and some ice cream! Fundraisers from up and down the United Kingdom took part. It was wonderful to see teams, individuals, friends, parents and children participating this year. We are truly grateful to everyone involved from our staff, our volunteers and all the incredible hikers. A special thanks to our top fundraising teams and individuals. You all did fantastic!

Thanks to all of your incredible efforts, we raised
  • £128.3K
  • Through 3152 donors
  • Through 680 teams & individuals who raised funds for the event

We look forward to seeing you again for next years hike!

15 Mar 2022

Khalsa Aid International’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

KAI began our response to the Ukraine crisis the week before the war started, in preparation of this eventuality. As a result, Khalsa Aid International was able to respond rapidly to the Ukraine crisis by establishing teams on the borders of the five bordering countries. Within 24 hours we had a team in Poland and within 48 hours in Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Moldova. Ukraine Initially, we had a lot of calls from Indian students who were stuck in Ukraine and trying to flee to the borders. We were also inundated with calls from the students’ parents in India asking for assistance with helping their children flee Ukraine, taking over 1500 calls in the first week alone. We established contact with restaurant owners, volunteers, and transport companies to see what we could do to assist. Through a local volunteer, we helped provide hot food to the students as they fled. Summary of Operations Poland – Medyka/Budomeirz As KAI was one of the first NGOs to arrive at the Medyka border, our initial operations revolved around arranging transport for the refugees crossing the border. We expanded our operations to include medical aid, shelter and food provision. Within two days we had set up a 24-hour langar  provision, serving hot food (curry and rice, chips) to the refugees as they crossed the border. To the exhausted and hungry refugees, the hot food was a blessing and very much appreciated. The situation in Ukraine proceeded to deteriorate as the attacks on Ukraine became more intensified. This resulted in an increase in the number of Ukrainian citizens fleeing to the borders to escape Ukraine into the neighbouring countries. With the majority of people crossing into Poland, this resulted in a long wait for the refugees at the border point. Khalsa Aid International was approached by Caritas to cross the border into Ukraine to provide hot food for the refugees waiting to cross into Poland. Food provision has been further extended to feed the refugees set up in shelters and to feed the other NGO volunteers. This food provision has continued and we are looking to further expand our aid relief in Poland. We are currently looking to secure a warehouse that will be used as a central European hub to collect aid supplies for distribution in Ukraine Hungary (Zahony/Lushanka/Vylok)/Slovakia (Vysne Nemecke)/Romania (Siret) Teams were sent to the borders of these three countries to monitor the need for aid provision. Local authorities are well organised in coping with the influx of Ukrainian refugees and international students. Khalsa aid international liaised with local NGOs to assist with the delivery of food aid, shelter provision and medical first aid assistance at the borders. In Hungary, we moved our operations and provided assistance in Budapest as there was an influx into the city and the waiting times increased for the refugees wishing to fly out to their countries. Moldova (Tiraspol/Palanka/Chisinau) Our initial operation was based at the border of Tiraspol assisting the refugees with food provision, transport and medical assistance. We assisted a family with a 20-day old baby who had escaped from Ukraine return back to their home country. As this border closed, we moved our operations to Palanca where we continue to provide food aid and transport with the liaison of local NGOs. We have now doubled our provision of food aid at this border. We are further expanding our operations in Moldova by setting up another base in Chisinau to assist with the increasing number of refugees leaving Ukraine as Russia continues to attack in the South. Summary We continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and have currently decided to expand our Poland and Moldova operations. This is where we feel the greatest refugee need will arise, as the war continues to rage through Ukraine.

05 Jan 2022

Khalsa Aid International and The Felix Project are in partnership to fight the growing hunger crisis in London

Khalsa Aid International (the largest UK Sikh humanitarian agency) has formed a partnership with The Felix Project to fight hunger in London. The donation to date has been used to buy 56 tonnes of fruit and vegetables, equivalent to 135,275 meals, for 256 charities and schools, serving people in need across 28 boroughs. The news comes as The Felix Project (London’s largest food redistribution charity), faces challenges to obtaining surplus food supply due to ongoing UK-wide haulier issues. Richard Smith, Supply Manager at The Felix Project, says: “We are currently facing some challenges with hauliers due to Brexit and lockdown, so being able to fill gaps in our surplus supply is invaluable to our operation and the Londoners we serve. With this donation from Khalsa Aid, we bought apples, oranges, pears, grapes, onions and carrots. Donations like this empower us to supply a constant and consistent level of food for Londoners in need.” Ravi Singh, Founder and CEO of Khalsa Aid International, says:- “Khalsa Aid International is proud to do what we can to help feed London’s hungry, where there is clearly a huge and growing need for our support. We visited The Felix Project’s depot in West London and saw first-hand the quality of the food we supplied. We are delighted with the partnership we have formed with The Felix Project to help feed the homeless, the vulnerable and the isolated in local communities. Feeding people nutritious food is at the core of Khalsa Aid’s work, in line with the Sikh philosophy of ‘seva’ (meaning selfless service to humanity). This is a natural extension to Khalsa Aid’s Langar Aid project based in Coventry (which has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service). By forming the partnership with The Felix Project, Khalsa Aid has extended its reach in feeding the hungry from The Midlands to London. I envisage this is just the start of a long partnership to help feed London’s hungry.” Ian Breen, from local charity Acton Homeless Concern, says: “It was brilliant to get so much quality fruit and veg in our recent delivery from Felix/Khalsa Aid. Fresh food is really important for our clients, who struggle to find that kind of nutrition elsewhere. We are really grateful to The Felix Project and Khalsa Aid International”. The Felix Project The Felix Project is London's largest food redistribution charity. We rescue good food that cannot be sold and deliver it direct to charities and schools serving people in need. Our vision is a London where no one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. We are on a mission to deliver 38 million meals this year. For more information, visit: www.thefelixproject.org

03 Dec 2021

Khalsa Aid and IRC launch a new partnership to support refugee integration in the UK

3 December 2021 - Khalsa Aid International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have launched a new partnership to support refugees with vital integration services in the UK. This partnership will build on the IRC’s pre-existing RISE programme (Refugee Integration in Southeast England) which started early this year. Through a range of activities, including cultural orientation and mentorship schemes, RISE gives resettled refugees the knowledge and confidence to thrive, whilst also equipping local communities with the skills to support their integration. 27-year-old Abdul Rahaman, a Syrian refugee living in the UK who recently graduated from the RISE programme, said: “I’ve lived in Chichester for almost five years now. We settled here safely and peacefully in this great environment with great people around us. I hope to start my job now. I graduated as a doctor and I'm doing some exams to get registered here. So hopefully, after this push from the RISE programme, it's going to be a good achievement after all.” Through Khalsa Aid’s support, the IRC’s RISE programme will now be expanded to offer refugees employment support through job readiness training and one-to-one counselling. There is a desperate need for employment support for refugees. It is estimated that refugees in the UK have an unemployment rate of around 70%. However, with immediate support, there is huge potential for refugees to thrive in their local communities. Evidence from other contexts show that early interventions in integration benefit both refugees and the local communities which welcome them. This is why immediate integration support for refugees, the kind which is provided through the RISE programme, is so essential. Laura Kyrke Smith, IRC’s Executive Director for the UK, said: “I am delighted to announce this new partnership between the International Rescue Committee and Khalsa Aid, which will help deliver crucial integration support for refugees living in the UK. With the right support, refugees can thrive in their local communities. As more refugees are resettled to the UK, most recently from Afghanistan, the need for integration support has never been crucial.” Ravinder Singh, Khalsa Aid Founder and CEO, said: “The compulsion to help refugees has been a powerful driving force behind the work we have done since our conception. Through this new partnership with the International Rescue Committee, we are delighted to be able to expand on our work supporting refugees around the world to the UK. This partnership creates an expanding opportunity to tackle the social struggles and inequalities faced by refugees; it is enabling integration by laying the foundations for a sustainable, independent and rewarding livelihood which is what all people deserve.About Khalsa Aid Khalsa Aid International is a UK-based humanitarian relief organisation, providing support worldwide to victims of natural and man-made disasters. Founded in 1999 on the Sikh principle of recognising the whole human race as one, Khalsa Aid has provided crucial humanitarian aid to millions of people around the world through its Emergency Relief Projects and Global Development Programmes. Find out more at www.khalsaaid.org or follow Khalsa Aid on Twitter & Instagram About IRC The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at rescue-uk.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Jul 2022

    Water4Africa – Gambia

    With an ever-changing climate and droughts becoming more frequent, access to clean drinking water is a growing problem for many communities in Africa. This is why we setup the Water4Africa

    Nov 2021

    Madagascar Famine Relief

    Madagascar is in the midst of an emergency-level food crisis. The country has regularly been the victim of natural disasters but, following years of harsh weather conditions, June 2021 brought

    Oct 2018

    Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

    Indonesia – Earthquake and Tsunami Relief A powerful earthquake ( 7.5 magnitude ) struck off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, creating a tsunami which devastated the areas of Palu and

    Aug 2018

    Kerala Floods Relief

    Kerala-India Floods Relief More than one million people were left homeless or trapped after the southern Indian state of Kerala saw its worst flooding in more than 90 years. Many

    Jan 2018

    Congolese (DRC) Refugee Response

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently experiencing one of the world’s most underreported refugee emergencies. Khalsa Aid International first visited the region in January 2018, following reports of

    Aug 2017

    Restoring Electricity to Assyrian Orthodox Christians

    Bartella is a small Assyrian Orthodox Christian town in Northern Iraq. This town was devastated by ISIS during their campaign of terror - which included slayings, abductions and destruction of

    Jun 2017

    Grenfell Tower (London) Fire

     On 14 June 2017, a fire spread through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower council housing block in West London – situated just 30km from the Khalsa Aid head office. Our volunteers

    Mar 2017

    Life changing aid for Syrian refugees with disabilities

     Lebanon is host to 1.5 million Syrian refugees - more per capita than any other country in the world. Khalsa Aid International carried out further assessment to understand how we

    Jan 2017

    Syrian refugee emergency relief

    Turkey is one of the largest refugee-hosting countries in the world, and its southern city of Adana is one of the many cities seeing a huge influx of refugees fleeing

    Jan 2017

    Winter Camp Relief and Women’s Aid

    Torbali is a farming district about 50km from Izmir. It is home to a number of informal refugee camps, housing some of the three million refugees who have fled war

    Jan 2017

    Project Dignity: Essential Clothing for Yezidi women, ex slaves of ISIS

    Northern Iraq is home to the Yezidi community, one of the most vulnerable religious groups in the world. In 2014 ISIS targeted the Yezidis, killing the men, taking young boys

    May 2016

    Greece: Refugee Crisis

    More than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking the biggest refugee crisis in the EU since the Second World War. Khalsa Aid relief teams have

    Dec 2015

    UK Floods 2015

    Flooding had a devastating impact on parts of the UK in late 2015. Areas in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria were adversely affected with people evacuated from their homes and entire

    Jul 2015

    Yemen Civil War

    The civil war in Yemen has had a disastrous impact on the country. Over 2.5 million people have had to flee their homes and have become internally displaced persons (IDPs).

    Apr 2015

    Nepal earthquake 2015

    In April 2015 a devastating earthquake hit Nepal killing over 8,000 people and injuring 21,000. Khalsa Aid dispatched an emergency relief team which were on the ground within 36 hours

    Mar 2015

    Drinking water for flood victims in Malawi

    In February 2015, heavy rains hit the Phalombe region in the North East Constituency of Malawi. The river banks flooded which created havoc for the local communities there, with initial

    Feb 2015

    Australia: Cyclone Marcia

    In 2015 a category 5 tropical cyclone made its way over the Queensland area in Australia.  Cyclone Marcia is estimated to have caused $590m of damage in the local area.

    Oct 2014

    Vishakhapatnam Cyclone

    in 2014, a severe Cyclone storm, named Hudhud caused extensive damage and loss of life in eastern India and Nepal. Hudhud caused extensive damage to the city of Visakhapatnam and

    Sep 2014

    Floods in Jammu and Kashmir, India

    In the wake of heavy monsoon rain and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir, which have killed over 400 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Indian Armed Forces were deployed

    Jul 2014

    Riots Relief Saharanpur, India

    In the summer of 2014, communal riots occurred in the city of Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. As a result of the clashes many innocent families were affected

    Jul 2014

    Displaced Sikhs in Iraq

    Economic migrants from Punjab were positioned in Iraq, working as manual labourers in the county. They were forced to flee the country amid security fears due to the rise of

    Jun 2014

    Providing Bread to Syrian Refugees in Iraq

    In the Summer of 2014, the rise of ISIS led the Yezidi and Assyrian communities to leave their homes and become refugees, becoming a very difficult situation for the people

    May 2014

    Bosnia Floods

    Catastrophic flooding in the Balkans region (the worst for over a century) with over 3 months worth of rain falling in a few days led to the devastation of local

    May 2014

    Sudanese Refugee Camp, Uganda

    More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in

    Apr 2014

    Lebanon: Refugee support

    As the conflict in Syria escalated many Syrians crossed the border into Lebanon to seek refuge. In 2014, Khalsa Aid dispatched a relief team to Lebanon to support refugees in

    Jan 2014

    UK Floods – 2014

    In late 2013 and early 2014, severe floods hit parts of Britain including Somerset and Berkshire. Khalsa Aid undertook various initiatives to support communities affected in the UK. A summary

    Dec 2013

    Phillipines Typhoon

    Following the devastating Typhoon in December 2013, Khalsa Aid launched a relief program to assist the victims. The relief team adopted a small town on the coast called San Dionisio,

    Sep 2013

    Muzaffarnagar Riots

    The clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India in end of September 2013, resulted in at least 62 deaths including 42 Muslims and 20

    Jun 2013

    Uttarakhand Floods

    In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centred on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.  Khalsa

    Aug 2012

    Water Borehole, Kenya

    Khalsa Aid were contacted by local communities in Kenya who had no access to clean drinking water and required support in building suitable facilities (the nearest water facility was over

    May 2011

    Famine Relief, Kenya

    A bloody civil war in Somalia resulted in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world (over half a million refugees). This hardship was further compounded by a prolonged drought

    Mar 2011

    Lybia & Syria (2011)

    In 2011, internal conflict gave rise to civil war in Libya. Migrant workers were escaping the war into neighbouring Tunisia. Our teams provided emergency humanitarian aid on the Tunisian/Libyan border.

    Jun 2010

    Haiti Earthquake (2010)

    The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti left 220,000 people dead, destroyed 50% of the schools and adversely affected over 3,500,000 people. In 2010, Khalsa Aid partnered with United Haitians in

    Aug 2009

    Cambodia Orphan Children

    In 2009, Varinder Singh, a dentist from Slough, won a £750 cash prize from work to offer voluntary dental services abroad. He chose to do this work in association with Cambodia World

    Mar 2009

    Displaced Sikhs in Pakistan

    In 2009 Khalsa Aid provided relief to the Sikh and Hindu refugees at Panja Sahib Gurdwara, Pakistan.The refugees requested Khalsa Aid to provide them with sanitary items. The purchase of

    Aug 2007

    Punjab Floods 2007

    Catastrophic flooding in Punjab affected over 50,000 people. Many villages suffered immense economic hardship and loss of basic living conditions. Over 134 villages and11,080 hectares of standing crop were affected.  Khalsa

    May 2007

    Bangladesh Cyclone 2007

    The 2007 cyclone in Bangladesh was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country. International NGOs estimated that between 5,000 - 10,000 died as a result of the

    Mar 2006

    Indonesia Tsunami

    In May 2016, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java. The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Indian Ocean and caused damage

    Mar 2005

    Pakistan Earthquake

    In 2005 a major earthquake occurred in Azad Kashmir (Pakistan-administered Kashmir) and in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). It registered 7.7 on the Richter scale making it similar in intensity

    Dec 2004

    Andaman Islands: Tsunami

    In 2004 an undersea earthquake occurred off the coast of the Tsunami Islands. With an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra the earthquake caused a series of devastating tsunamis'

    Jul 2003

    Somalia Water Purification

    In 2003 Khalsa Aid flew to Somalia to provide assistance. Upon landing in Somalia, the village elders informed us that they had a very high rate of stomach-related illnesses due

    Jul 2003

    Kabul Refugee Aid

    In 2003, Khalsa Aid were contacted by local NGOs to provide assistance to minority communities in Afghanistan. Khalsa Aid launched a relief program with experienced field operatives. Khalsa Aid provided

    Jan 2002

    Congo / Rwanda – Volcanic Eruption

    In January 2002, a volcanic eruption brought death and destruction to the people of Goma, Rwanda. The eruption was 35 km away from the city of Goma, but the thick

    Jan 2001

    Gujarat Earthquake

    A very powerful earthquake shook the western Indian State of Gujarat on January 26, 2001 killing thousands of people and destroying almost all of the buildings in the area. Khalsa Aid

    Dec 1999

    Orissa Cyclone

    In October 1999 the Indian state of Orissa suffered a devastating cyclone, which killed over 30,000 people (external estimates put the death toll at over 40000). Khalsa Aid dispatched 2

    Aug 1999

    Turkey Earthquake

    In August 1999 a devastating earthquake struck North Western Turkey, it caused significant structural damage and killed thousands. The earthquake measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale and official damage estimates

    Apr 1999

    Albania – Providing Assistance to Displaced Victims of Civil War & Genocide

    In April 1999, while Sikhs around the world were celebrating 300 years of the Khalsa Panth (Vaisakhi), a very bloody war in Kosovo was raging with thousands of innocent victims