SINGAPORE: The Sikh community in Singapore has raised S$20,000 so far for the relief efforts in quake-hit Nepal, the Coordinating Council of Sikh Institutions (CCSI) said in a media release on Wednesday (May 6).
"The contribution collected by various gurdwaras (places of worship) comes with even more poignancy in light of reports citing damage and destruction of numerous cultural heritage sites, many which are centuries old, in the Kathmandu Valley," CCSI said. It noted that priests, whose temple complexes had crumbled in the earthquake, are among those left homeless.
The funds collected have been passed on to Mercy Relief, which has already deployed medical and response teams to Nepal.
However, CCSI said more donations are welcome. “The Sikh community is prepared to donate more and indeed, the donation drive is continuing, so we will go on providing help to the best of our abilities, and share what we have with the victims of this catastrophic disaster,” said CCSI chairman Gurcharan Singh Kesail.