The international work of Khalsa Aid, including assisting Yazidis and Rohingya Muslims flee genocide and initiating a series of relief efforts for refugees in Congo, have earned them yet another recognition.
Ravinder Singh, the founder and the face of the UK-based humanitarian relief outfit, won the Sheikh Abdullah Intercultural Dialogue Award.
The award, presented in London on Thursday (13 Sept 2018), is one of the recognitions handed out at the No2H8 Crime Awards that honours individuals and organisations who stand against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.
“As a Sikh my Gurus have taught me to shun hate, as a human being I live by this ethos on daily basis through Khalsa Aid International,” Ravi Singh, as he popularly known, said in an entry at the his LinkedIn page.
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The other two winners for award were Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Charity @PeopleandtheDAL and Fernando Sulichin.
The Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue work is supported by Lord Mohamed Sheikh of Cornhill. Lord Sheikh is a Conservative peer, entrepreneur, businessman and founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum. The award is sponsored in honour of his father and his ability to be successful in spite of adversity and multiple barriers in starting life in a new country.
Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah of Mbale, Uganda, was an entrepreneur who had arrived in East Africa, drawn away from India because of the colonial link of Empire.
He became a very successful businessman with investments in the cotton and tobacco industries in Uganda and he was also instrumental in providing philanthropic support to other faith communities in Uganda. For example, he was instrumental in actively supporting the building of mandirs and gurdwaras in the country, whilst he himself was Muslim.
A firm believer that ‘hard work’ would reap rewards, he came to Uganda with no assets and build a successful set of businesses in a country which was culturally and religiously alien to him. With little grasp of Swahili, he built a successful future through intercultural dialogue which he lived out every day.
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