Khalsa Aid is an international Non-governmental organisation with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world.
Khalsa Aid was founded by the British Sikh activist Ravi Singh in in 1999. It has chapters in various countries, including India. The organisation is based upon the Sikh principle of “Recognise the whole human race as one”.
Why is it in news now?
Khalsa Aid has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its humanitarian work. Canadian MP Tim Uppal, Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown and the MPP for Brampton South Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria have officially nominated Khalsa Aid for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In the letter written to The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Tim Uppal has stated that Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with an aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world.
He also said Khalsa Aid represented exactly the kind of international cooperation and commitment the world needed in today’s times. Reacting to this, the NGO said, “We are deeply humbled by this nomination. Everything we do is because of our amazing teams and volunteers all around the globe. We are grateful for this historical nomination.”
Relief work across the globe
Over the last 21 years, Khalsa Aid made a name for itself through relief work in war-affected Syria, in the 2016 London floods and by setting up refugee camps for Rohingyas on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, relief work for 2020 Beirut explosion victims.
Work in India
In India, it is known for helping rebuild Kerala after the devastating 2018 floods, providing aid to the frontline workers and casualties of the covid-19 lockdown, offering help to Delhi 2020 riot victims and supporting the ongoing farmers’ protest near Delhi border.
It is worth mentioning that Khalsa Aid has been actively serving the farmers who have been protesting at the Delhi borders close to two months now. The NGO is running a 600-bed full-to-capacity night shelter along with the two ‘Kisan Malls’ which provide various items of daily use. It has provided food, water, toilet and a convenience store, even installed electric foot-massagers for the tired protestors.