Sikh Sangat in Canada helping women in shelters
Sikh Sangat in Canada has join hands to help women living in shelters. Project “One Billion rising for shelters” , was started in the year 2013, as an effort to bring smile on the faces of women in shelters , specially on valentine’s day. Program includes distributing gifts to the inmates which include both women and their children. Organisation of Canada in association with Sikh community in Canada started the program, and prepare hand made gifts like pan cakes, tooth paste, cards, brushes and other items which are used in daily life by the inmates. Idea behind the program is bring some happiness in the life of inmates, and showing support to them.
Program was started in Vancouver BC in the initial phase but now Sikh sangat from other cities like Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto are also associated with the program and are helping organisation in expanding to other cities. WSO , world Sikh Organisation, initiated the program by delivering packages initially which received huge response. As per Balpreet singh who is legal Counsel of WSO, said, women are equal in Sikh religion and by offering support to women , they just was give message of equality and support to all the women of the world.
One of the volunteers Charanjit Kaur, made it clear that this program is not for homeless but for those who are living in shelters , who are there because of domestic violence or rape or because of any other reason. She further informed that today they are preparing around 300 packages for both women and children. Another volunteer Gurleen kaur, told that cards were prepared by students of khalsa School and all are hand made and decorated.