On Friday 18th January Rtn. Surinder Dhesi gave a talk about the Gur Aasra Trust in Mohali, India.
The Trust was set up when four Sikh women were arrested and imprisoned after the 1984 Sikh massacre in Punjab, India and they made a pact with each other. They promised whoever would survive should look after all of their children and two ladies survived and the other two did not. The main objective of the Trust is to shape the lives of destitute children and give them a good education and enable them with skills to be self-reliant.
The children when they grow up still come back to the Trust to visit as they consider it as their family.
The Trust also looks after older people who have no other relatives and spouses and their children who are victims of drug abuse partners.
The Trust instils Sikh values of sharing, respecting people of different faiths and equality of women and that by believing in oneself anything can be achieved. It has helped children reach their goals with many becoming doctors and engineers.