An international Sikh charity has been providing assistance to the people most affected by Britain’s floods in areas across the south of England.
As the country was forced to withstand some of the heaviest downpours in recent history, towns and villages in some of the worst affected areas were all but submerged by water, with more bad weather predicted in upcoming days.
Khalsa Aid are one charity who are trying to fight the conditions head-on, and last week delivered tonnes of sand to areas in Berkshire, including 10 tonnes to the Colnbrook area and 40 tonnes to Datchet and Wraysbury.
Bal Kaur Sandhu of Khalsa Aid, who is coordinating the deployment in Berkshire, said: “Khalsa Aid are spreading their wings to other parts of the country.
“We recognise we need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our communities and support them.
“We are also appealing for volunteers to assist Khalsa Aid – hands on assistance is needed in all three areas”
Khalsa Aid was the first Non-Governmental Organisation to provide relief and hands on assistance to areas affected by the adverse weather conditions.
Since Friday 8th February, Khalsa Aid has been assisting the Somerset region by distributing sand bags, water, antiseptic fluid and other essentials including several dry suits for other community members assisting.
On Monday 10th February, Khalsa Aid volunteers from Bedford, Walsall, Birmingham and Leicester, who recently returned from working in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, joined Chief Executive Ravi Singh to support the residents of Burrowbridge.
The team also rescued animals including Alijanon, a 10-year-old tortoise, who weighed five stones and is expected to live to over 100 years.
Ravinder Singh, from Khalsa Aid, said: “Our volunteers are humbled by the immense support and messages of appreciation. Thank you so much for your love.
“It is important that people listen to what the experts are saying and follow guidance. Lessons will need to be learned, however now isn’t the time to blame but work as one community – together we will be stronger.”
Khalsa Aid is committed to selfless service through humanitarian aid work, drawing inspiration from Guru Gobind Singh Ji who taught to ‘recognise the entire human race as one’.
Volunteers are deployed immediately wherever in the world humanitarian aid is needed, providing relief assistance to victims of disasters, wars, and other tragic events around the world. Most recently Khalsa Aid has been assisting in Philippines, Haiti and India.
The UK registered charity was established in 1999 and is an international non-profit aid and relief organisation.