One of the major principles of Sikhism is to share with others and help the people in need. Sikhs all over the world participate in helping others and making this world a better place to live. UNITED SIKHS, Sikh Coalition, Khalsa Aid, Sikh Relief, and other organizations formed by Sikhs do just that.
GHANAIA is an international relief effort, established by UNITED SIKHS in 2003 to provide impartial, non-partisan aid and assistance to victims in disaster situations. GHANAIA stands for Giving Humanitarian Aid Necessities Assistance Impartially to All and is inspired by the Sikh saint, Bhai Ghanaia Ji, who served in the army of the 10th Sikh Enlightener, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and gave water and medicine to all ailing war soldiers and victims (both friends and enemies) without prejudice, seeing the same God in all beings.
Following are some of the projects carried out by Sikhs and Sikh Organizations:
Sikhs Helping Iraq and Syrian Refugees
By Khalsa Aid, Sep 2014
In early July, Khalsa Aid assisted in the evacuation of Panjabis from Iraq. One might expect that Khalsa Aid’s efforts in Iraq have stopped at that point but no, they sent Ravinder Singh, CEO of KhalsaAid to help the refugee. Khalsa Aid also funded a bakery on Iraq Syria border that will provide fresh bread for 16000 people each day!
Kashmir Flood Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Sep 2014
The UNITED SIKHS humanitarian aid and relief team provided food, clothes, and medicine to the areas affected by the worst flood in 60 years in Kashmir, India. Over a million people were affected by the catastrophic floods and water levels reached staggering 15-18 feet.
Myanmar Cyclone ‘Nargis' Disaster Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, May 2008
UNITED SIKHS in collaboration with Global Sikhs, Malaysian Gurdwaras, Sikh organizations and the Malaysian Buddhist Maha Vihara, sent critical aid and supplies to victims of the devastating cyclone Nargis.
Florida Tornado Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Feb 2007
The UNITED SIKHS AID team started relief operations in the Lady Lake area in response to the deadly tornado of Feb 2nd 2007, that ripped central Florida killing 20 people and damaging hundreds of houses. United sikhs also helped authorities rebuild a church in Florida that was devastated by the deadly tornado.
GHANAIA Malaysian Flood Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Dec 2006
Floods, caused by torrential rains, swept hundreds of villages and towns in Southern Peninsular Malaysia. United Sikhs donated several truckloads of food and hygiene kits to flood victims at relief centres in Malaysia.
GHANAIA Indonesian Earthquake Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, May 2006
More than 4500 people were dead and more than 100,000 injured and made homeless on 27 May 2006 by the earthquake that hit the ancient city of Yogyakarta and Bantul on the island of Java in Indonesia. The earthquake which measured 6.2 flattened buildings south of the city of Yogyakarta.
GHANAIA Asian Earthquake Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Oct 2005
More than 80,000 people are feared dead, many still lying in rubble, thousands injured and millions made homeless after a severe earthquake hit areas of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan early on 8 October, 2005. The epicentre of the quake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale, was some 90 kilometres north of Pakistan's capital city Islamabad.
GHANAIA Katrina Hurricane Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Sep 2005
Thousands are expected dead and the entire city of New Orleans is under water, amongst other cities, after Hurricane Katrina hit the south-eastern United States in what is being called one of the worst and most expensive natural disasters in American history.
GHANAIA Tsunami Relief
By UNITED SIKHS, Dec 2004
The earthquake with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing more than 225,000 people in eleven countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) high.