Published on July 25th, 2013 | by HOHBrian


Help for Indian Flood Victims, but More is Needed

A month has passed since the devastating floods occurred in Uttarakhand in
India. The disaster which tore down villages, numerous roads and other
vital infrastructure has claimed over 800 lives and several thousand are
still missing. The Nishkam Centre is working with Divine Onkar Mission
(DOM) raising cash, clothing and awareness for the international flood
disaster appeal. The Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Linda Horton and Tom
Watson MP for West Bromwich East were amongst some of the dignitaries
invited to a reception by DOM and sponsors, Mann Brothers, to see donated
clothing be loaded on to a container destined for India.

The disaster has claimed many lives and left more still missing. Divine
Onkar Mission along with other faith based and relief organisations has
pledged to support the victims. The Nishkam Centre partnered with DOM to
provide humanitarian aid and support to fellow human beings in their hour
of need so that they start to rebuild their lives.  Friday 19th July saw
the first visible manifestation of the campaign with the donated clothes
being transferred in to a 40ft container to make its way to the flood
stricken area of India. The container and shipping arrangements have been
undertaken by one of DOM’s patrons, Mr Paramjit Singh Mann operating Mann
Brothers Ltd in West Bromwich. As the magnitude of the tragedy continues
to unfold many people are donating clothes and money to help in whatever
way they can.

Tersam Lal, the Founder and Chairman of DOM said, “It is very important
that people realise the calamity of what has happened. The disaster may
have been last month but the effect will be felt for many generations. We
see children orphaned, whole communities washed away and so many still
missing; our aim of helping the needy in some of the most remote parts of
India has never been more challenging. DOM’s local aid teams in India have
distributed clothing, food, medicine and solar powered cookers to villages
that were affected by the disaster. These cookers were much needed as
people affected by the disaster have food but no means or facility for
heating or cooking it”.

Mayor of Sandwell with Nishkam Centre Team

He continued, “Today is important, the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Linda
Horton and Tom Watson MP being here shows the support we have from the
locality and the Nishkam Centre is a great partner for us. I must also
acknowledge the fantastic support from others in particular our patron,
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh and Parmjit Singh Mann for their assistance.
Mann Brothers are the sponsors, coordinators and donors of the whole
operation today – we thank them for their ongoing support”.

Sewa Singh Mandla, Trustee of Nishkam Centre said, “Whilst it disheartens
me to be standing here watching yet another humanitarian aid container
leaving West Bromwich, it warms me to see that so many people have come
together to donate generously whatever they can to support the campaign. I
know we have had clothes, money, the container and many volunteer hours
gifted to this cause not to mention the vast amount of prayer services
that have taken place globally for the welfare of all humanity”.

Director of the Nishkam Centre, Amrick Singh Ubhi, said, “We need to
continue the campaign relentlessly. DOM has made a commitment to build a
new school for the children in the affected areas. The appeal continues to
move forward with a request for further support from those who can give.
The clothes and cash donations will always only be a drop in the ocean. We
are working with DOM because Mr Lall and his team are on the ground in
India, they will be there for the long-term – long after the world’s
attention has shifted to the next breaking news. We will continue to
support DOM to ensure the people of this disaster receive our assistance
to rebuild their lives”.

To donate clothing to the disaster relief project please drop off at the
clothes recycling point at
Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurudwara, Soho Road, Handsworth.
Or call 0121 515 4229

Cash donation can also be made at the Nishkam Centre Reception, or via,
bank transfer to:
Account No: 31337939, Sort Code 40-11-12, Ref: FLOOD13

Article submitted by Amrick Singh Ubhi, Director, The Nishkam Centre

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