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Sikh gala raises support to financially help the needy students in Punjab

Sikh gala raises support to financially help the needy students in Punjab pardesi news 1484024782

A Sikh gala in the US has raised approximately $250,000 to support scholarships for financially strapped students in Punjab and the neighbouring states.The gala that was organised by the Sikh Human Development Fund (SDHF) to assist provide scholarships to around 700 students, who could not follow studies for lack of money.

 “We at SHDF are so very grateful that you have walked with us for all these 16 years on this educational journey for our disadvantaged youth. So far, we have given more than 4,500 scholarships and more than 2,200 of these children have graduated and found good jobs,” said Gajinder Singh Ahuja, chairman of SHDF.  According to Manpreet Singh, another board member of the SHDF Foundation, over 500 scholarships were awarded in 2016. Approximately 65% of these students are from rural areas of Punjab, of which around 75% are females. This is the 17th year for the Sikh Human Development Fund.
Compared with religious philanthropy, charitable educational interventions are not well spread; it is heartening that the NRI community is contributing well to this noble task.

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