I will be contributing to as many organizations as I can. I have visited India many times, and it has become, for me, a home. Over the last few days, I’ve lost too many friends I consider family, all due to COVID.
India needs our help.
ਦੇਹਰਾ ਮਸੀਤ ਸੋਈ ਪੂਜਾ ਔ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਓਈ ਮਾਨਸ ਸਬੈ ਏਕ ਪੈ ਅਨੇਕ ਕੋ ਭ੍ਰਮਾਉ ਹੈ ॥
dhaeharaa maseeth soee poojaa a nivaaj ouee maanas sabai eaek pai anaek ko bharamaao hai.
The temple and the mosque are the same, there is no difference between a Hindu worship and Muslim prayer; all the human beings are the same, although they may appear to be different.
Earlier this year, India was close to defeating COVID-19. At one point, new cases were down by ninety per cent. Today, India is experiencing the world’s worst outbreak.
New COVID cases have been rising over the last ten days. This past week, India is seeing 300,000+ new patients a day.
Hospitals have run out of much needed medical supplies, with lack of oxygen being the cause of death for far too many people.
“In my neighbourhood alone,” says Maninder Singh, a friend of mine, “I have seen many die because oxygen cylinders cannot be found.”
Maninder said it is not uncommon for families to drive from hospital to hospital and clinic to clinic looking for even the smallest amount of oxygen.
Within the medical community, there is fear that the worst is yet to come.
“I’m afraid this is not the peak,” says Dr Giridhara Babu of the Public Health Foundation of India. “The data we are seeing, what we project, the peak is at least two to three weeks away.”
Many governments around the world are standing in solidarity with India and providing what medical aid they can. For many, the arrival of that aid is too late.
“Each day brings more sorrow, additional reasons for our hearts to shatter,” says Sandeep Dasa. “Each day, we witness more mass cremations of those who have passed overnight or during the days’ sufferings.”
Sandeep has seen his parents, his grandmother, and his sister die in recent days.
“You cannot call an ambulance service,” says Sandeep. “They are collecting patients’ day and night. But where to take them? Hospitals are full.”
Aadi, and his brother Gupta, also friends of mine, told me of their mothers’ passing.
“We could not find anyone to take her body to the authorities or hospital,” says Aadi.
“The only solution for us,” says Gupta “, was to place our mother between on my brother motorbike and take her to hospital ourselves.”
India needs help.
One of the largest groups of people working to meet the needs of their neighbours is the Sikh community.
The Sikh community is well known for providing service to anyone. With COVID seeking to destroy India, many Sikh organizations have begun to provide oxygen langar while expanding langar sewa.
I appeal to each of you, in some way, to any of the originations below. Each group is working as hard and fast as possible to provide aid to anyone and everyone.
Khalsa Aid – Best to use if you live in the United States or Canada:
Covid infections are on the rise in many cities across India with Delhi hit the worst. Our team is on the ground providing support to those affected. Our UK office is appealing for Oxygen Concentrators (OC) which will be sent to India.
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India needs our help.
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ਸਤ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਦਇਆ ਕਮਾਵੈ ਝਹ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਾਰ ॥ ਆਪ ਛੋਡਿ ਸਭ ਹੋਇ ਰੇਣਾ ਜਿਸ ਦੇਇ ਪਰਭ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ॥੩॥
Saṯ sanṯokẖ ḝaiĝ kamĝvai ėh karṇī sĝr. Āp cẖẖod sabẖ hoė rėṇĝ jis ḝėė parabẖ nirankĝr. ॥3॥
Practice truth, contentment and kindness; this is the most excellent way of life. One who is so blessed by the Formless Lord God renounces selfishness, and becomes the dust of all.॥3॥