In March 2011, the Syrians set out on a peaceful march against their president. All it was supposed to be was an uprising against the high unemployment, corruption and a lack of political freedom under President Bashar al-Assad. No one anticipated it turning into a full-fledged civil war that has left thousands devastated and wrecks havoc even 7 years later. You and I have seen many heartbreaking photos of children and families struggling to stay alive. And all, most of us did was, extend our support online. A few likes here, a few shares there and we moved on with our lives.
However, there have been some communities working tirelessly towards making the lives of those stranded on this war zone at least a little bit better. And one of those is the Sikh community.
Sikh volunteers of a UK based international NGO, Khalsa Aid, has been working overtime this Ramadan month to provide iftar meals to the Syrian refugees in Iraq and Lebanon.
They have collaborated with Lebanese charity organisation, Sawa for Development and Aid, to set up a ‘Ramzan Kitchen’ where fresh food is prepared daily.
In fact, they have been serving these freshly prepared iftar meals to a whopping 5000 Syrian refugees daily.
This is not the first time Khalsa has reached out to the Syrian refugees. Their community of exemplary human beings has been assisting the Syrian refugees in Turkey since 2016.
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) June 10, 2018
In a video posted on their Twitter handle, a Sikh volunteer thanks everyone who has been supporting them via social media and in terms of donations:
We are funding #Ramadan Fresh food ( Iftar ) for 5000 #Syrian Refugees daily in Lebanon ! Food is freshly prepared & served. Our thx to our friends @SawaForDev for their wonderful support. #Iftar pic.twitter.com/YYU4lyfglQ
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) June 12, 2018
In addition to the daily meals, Khalsa also brought smiles to the faces of over 500 refugee children, gifting them with shoes and clothes for Eid.
Eid Gifts for refugee children of #MOSUL.
As #Eid approaches many refugee children in a camp near Mosul remain without gifts or smilies. Our volunteers changed all that ! We purchased new shoes for over 500 children Refugees. Smiles are back ! #Ramadan @YasminQureshiMP pic.twitter.com/dUsxGocBJh
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) June 13, 2018
The NGO which aims to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world is based upon the Sikh principle of “Recognise the whole human race as one”.
At a time when every man/woman is left to fend for themselves, it is heartening to see a community such as this, making it their life mission to help those in need. And this also just proves without the shadow of a doubt that our Sikh brethren are nothing less than godsent. Good going, Khalsa. You are making the world a better place, one meal at a time.