The Sikh community in Washington, USA, has taken on themselves to provide the education of underprivileged children in India and has racked-up about Rs 12 crore since 2001.
The Sikh Human Development Foundation (SHDF) is providing scholarships to students who are academically brilliant but are being restrained from pursuing higher education due to financial condition. At the moment the SHDF is focusing on children from Punjab, however, they are planning to extend their support to the youths neighbouring Punjab.
“The SHdF has so far given more than 5,000 scholarships to students. 2,700 students have graduated and found jobs and some of them are now helping other needy children” Gajinder Ahuja, the chairman of SHdF told Times Now.
One of the beneficiaries of the fund is Jasdeep Singh Juneja, an IT professional is now working at ATT in Dallas, Texas.
Juneja says, “I would not have been in the US, had SHDF not helped me out. My family was not able to support me, and it is only because of financial assistance at a very crucial time that I was able to become a professional. Now I can support the education of my own younger brother.”
There are many of the numerous people like Juneja who are benefitted from the funds collected and distributed by the SHDF. A media release also confirmed the participants in the latest event by the SHdF donated funds for 420 scholarships which is valued to be more than Rs 32,000 each. The event also witnessed actor and comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi.