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Sikh organisation hands out fresh fruits and vegetables to Muslim communities during Ramadan

Hemkunt Foundation
Hemkunt Foundation has started a drive to hand out fresh fruits and vegetables to the poor Muslim communities in the NCR region observing a quiet Ramadan this year.
“Following the popular Sikh belief ‘Sarbat da bhala: Blessings for all’ Hemkunt Foundation is working persistently and feeding over 45,000 individuals, every day. This includes distribution of cooked meals to 10,000 individuals, dry ration for 15,000 individuals, fruits and vegetables to 15,000 individuals to follow the tradition of breaking roza and milk to 5000 individuals including pregnant women, lactating mothers, young children, old and specially-abled people. We also plan to further distribute 45 tonnes of fruits and vegetables in coming days,” said Irinder Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Hemkunt Foundation.
The philanthropic organization served over 2 lakh meals and distributed over 12 tonnes of dry ration to urban poor like migrant workers, homeless and people living in slums affected due to the lockdown, in the NCR region.
Through personal networks, volunteers at Hemkunt Foundation started taking donation of 10 chapatis from South Delhi areas such as Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, South extension and also from a few areas in Gurgaon. Delhi Golf Club and Delhi Blind School came forward contributing large number of chapatis every day. Currently, more than 1,500 families contribute to this cause and on an average 18,000-20,000 chapattis are collected, repacked and distributed every day.
Ahluwalia added, “We closely work with the local government authorities for distribution of meals. Once we hand out the food in these affected areas, all the updates with respect to daily distribution of food get updated in the government tracking mechanism through different web links of defence authorities. Local policemen also stand with us to maintain social distancing norms and handling people standing in long queues to get a meal.”
The relief feeding endeavour has been initiated across different locations in Gurgaon region namely Tikri, Ghata, Ullahwas, Khadarpur, Badsahpur, Suncity Success Tower Slum, Dev Nagar near Damdama lake, and Manesar Industrial Area. Also, looking at the huge number of people suffering due to lockdown, Hemkunt Foundation started Sarbat da bhalla – “Langar” at Gurgaon operations head office where 1800 people fill their empty stomachs from langar, every day.
Hemkunt Foundation firmly follows the guidelines provided by the government and cares for the safety of its volunteers. Since day one of lockdown, all the volunteers of wear PPE kits before going out in the field. Sanitization and social distancing are also strictly followed while carrying out all the activities.
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