By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
A Malaysian Sikh organisation has kick-started efforts to assist the Punjab flood victims, joining the Sikh communities from around the world who are doing likewise.
Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) has launched a relief fund to assist victims as flooding has affected some 600 villages in Punjab, India. It also plans to dispatch a small team of volunteers to Punjab.
“It has always been a challenge on how the funds will be channeled and to whom. In view of this, SNSM has decided to adopt a village or two which are in dire need of funds and will personally deliver to the relevant parties in the villages,” SNSM jathedar Dr Jasbir Singh said in an appeal letter.
The SNSM Global Sikhs – Punjabi Flood Disaster Relief Fund was set up in the aftermath of flood water rising up to six feet and destroying everything from homes to livelihood.
“There is no scarcity of food, medicine or clothing but many are in dire need of money to rebuild their homes and to sustain their daily living,” he said.
A number of Sikh organisations, gurdwaras and individuals came forward with cash donations towards the fund at an event at Gurdwara Sahib Sentul in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (28 Aug).