San Diego Sikh couple launches drive to help feed county homeless

I can tell you that in Sikhism, our simple point of being here is to help everybody, regardless of their personal faith, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their personal circumstances. That is our job, and I think that’s a human’s job to do something like that.”

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Harisimran Khalsa (left) and her husband Davindar Heyre have formed the Duwara Consciousness Foundation. As part of the nonprofit’s mission, the Oceanside couple hope to raise money for a food trailer that will feed homeless people in San Diego County. Photo: Gary Warth San Diego Union Tribune
By Gary Warth | San Diego Union Tribune |

After running into some obstacles while feeding needy people in a neighborhood park, an Oceanside couple is doubling down in their effort and raising money to buy a trailer that will provide even more meals to people throughout the county.

As part of that goal, Davinder Singh and his wife Harisimran Kaur Khalsa have created the Duwara Consciousness Foundation. Khalsa said the foundation’s name means “gates to consciousness” in Sanskrit, and the group’s misson, as described on Durwara.org, includes teaching compassion, providing hunger relief and promoting equality.

Singh said the mission aligns with their Sikh faith, but is intended to help all people.

“We have a lot of friends who are from different faiths, and in all honesty, it’s in all of our faith to help others,” he said. “I can tell you that in Sikhism, our simple point of being here is to help everybody, regardless of their personal faith, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their personal circumstances. That is our job, and I think that’s a human’s job to do something like that.”

Singh moved in 2015 to San Diego County from England, where he was born and had been an entrepreneur in several businesses around London. His ventures included eco-friendly baby shops and studios for crystal healing and yoga. Since moving to Oceanside, he has set his businesses aside to focus full-time on Duwara Conscientiousness, which was formed in 2016.

Khalsa is from Los Angeles and has lived throughout the country and India. She holds an MBA and works as an accountant.

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