The United Kingdom-based non-government organisation 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 a letter written to Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair, 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.
It also stated that Khalsa Aid has become the first ever cross-border international humanitarian aid organisation based on the Sikh principle of recognising the whole human race as one.
Further, it states that it was founded by Ravinder (Ravi) Singh, who was stuck by the plight of the refugees in Kosovo in 1999, the charity has been providing support around the world to victims of natural and manmade disasters such as floods, earthquakes, famine and war for over 20 years.
Uppal also writes that Khalsa Aid, inspired by the Sikh ideology of “Sarbat Da Bhalla” meaning well-being for all, has been helping all those in need regardless of race, religion and borders.
Khalsa Aid has dispatched its first batch of volunteers to Uttarakhand to help the victims of the glacier disaster.
“Our volunteers from Khalsa Aid India are on way to assist the people of Uttarakhand! More to follow,” Khalsa Aid said in a tweet.
“Our first team of volunteers has left for Uttarakhand. We are monitoring the situation and in constant touch with central and state disaster Relief committees”, Amarpreet Singh, Director Khalsa Aid Asia Pacific, said on Twitter.
“Khalsa Aid India volunteer team is at ground zero where people are stranded and stuck due to glacier disaster. Assessments are being done presently on ground zero in coordination with state disaster authority,” Khalsa Aid India said.