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Punjab Foundation board:

Sukhi Chahal
Founder, Chairman & CEO

Mr. Sukhi Singh Chahal was born in the village of Heeron Khurd in the Mansa district of Malwa area of Punjab, India which is badly infected by the cancer and related diseases.

In 1992, he came to the great country of the United States. An engineer by profession, he has attended Stanford and UC Berkeley for computer and management related courses. His technical expertise in Information Technology and Unified Communication is very well known in the Silicon Valley.

He held senior management, engineering and consulting positions at Netflix, Intel, Nextag, Andale, AT&T labs, Robert Half International, mBlox, Vialta, Lockheed etc. He has played major role in unified communications design and deployment for San Francisco Superior Court, Supreme Court of California, Administrative Office of the Courts and many other Silicon Valley based high school districts, colleges and companies. He travels extensively through the world and domestically to offer the IT consulting services to medium and enterprise customers.

He is President of the Silicon Valley based Information technology and Unified Communications consulting company.

His professional accomplishments now afford him the ability to pay back and do something for a noble cause.
In December 2010, Mr. Singh & family personally financed the Water Treatment Plant at his native village Heeron Khurd, district Mansa of Punjab so that the people of his village will have access to safe drinking water.

 

Advisory committee:

Dr Carin Smit
Dr Smit is a Clinical Metal Toxicologist Practitioner.She specializes in heavy metal toxicity, toxicity caused by pathogenic organisms and recovery from autism.

In 2009, it was Dr Smit and her colleague Vera Dirr, visited as a volunteer and over 14 months uncovered the uranium presence in Punjab which has crippled the generation of children. Dr Smit alarmed after seen a high incidences of physical and mental abnormalities in local children at the Baba Farid Center For Special Children (BFCSC) in Faridkot, a not-for-profit organization working with kids, ailing from autism, cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders started collecting urine and hair samples of 149 affected children and sent them for tests to Microtarce Mineral Lab, Germany.

She managed to convince German lab (thanks to Dr. Eleanore Blaurock-Busch) to donated their time and effort to analyze the samples. Though doctors expected heavy metal toxicity, what they were surprised to find was high levels of uranium in the samples, and in one case more than 60 times the maximum safe limit.

Dr. Smit lives in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Amar Singh Azad – MBBS, MD (Pediatrics & Community Medicine) Government Medical College Patiala.
Dr. Azad has worked in all types of Punjab Government Institutions from 1972 to 2007. At present he is working for NGO called NACO-National AIDS Control Organization as Senior Medical Officer in ART Centre Patiala. They treat the HIV/AIDS patients in this center. Dr. Azad also works for KVM- Kheti Virasat Mission-Punjab (as Working President) which is an NGO working for Natural / Organic Farming and Environmental health. He is also associated with Baba Farid Centre for Special Children which treats mentally retarded/handicapped/autistic children. His passion is to work on the root causes of ill health. Dr. Azad lives in Patiala, Punjab.

Lakhbeer Sandhu
Born and raised in London, Mr. Sandhu holds a degree in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics.He is responsible for the Punjab Foundation's long term strategy; support, ambitions and organization development. He advises the foundation on the early-stage development awareness campaign across the UK and in Europe. He travels frequently around the world and lives in London, UK

Stu-Elefant
Sr. Management Executive in Silicon Valley – educated at the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Economies of Industrialized Societies. Born and raised in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Stu has technology in his blood: it is his passion, ambition and drives to make technology work to achieve success. While in his mid-twenties, Stu co-founded a network and internet security consulting company called computer landscapes that was acquired by Cohesive Technology Solutions.

Stu also held Senior Director, Vice President, and Senior Product Management roles at various multinational companies. In Stu’s roles, he built awareness around and solved important technical issues. He is now leveraging those same skills to help ensure clean water, uncontaminated food, and healthy living for those that need a voice.

Raveena Chahal –
Raveena is senior at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). She is graduate from Archbishop Mitty High School San Jose - California. Raveena was member of Mitty’s basketball and golf team and also attended Stanford Women's Basketball Elite Camp at Stanford University hosted by Stanford Women's Basketball Coach VanDerveer.

She traveled with her family to three northern states of India called Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan for more than a month. She met many Cancer patients and her father’s relatives suffering with cancer. It was a state of shock for her to see so many people suffering with cancer and other diseases. Being a female and child, she was really moved by learning that 75% cancers patients are female (breast cancer) and children.

In 2009 While she was in India, she promised the cancer victim in various villages where she met them personally that she will raise their voice and would not let them die quietly.

Board of Directors:

Sukhi Singh – Mr. Singh (also known as Sukhi Chahal) was born in the village of Heeron Khurd in the Mansa district of Malwa area of Punjab, India which is badly infected by the Cancer and related diseases. He migrated to United States 18 years ago. An engineer by profession, he has attended Stanford University and UC Berkeley for computer and management related courses. He runs his own Information technology and Unified Communications consulting company in Silicon Valley of California, USA.

Dr. Manasi Rana –Dr. Rana completed her Internship from University of Nebraska Medical Center, Residency and Fellowship from Stanford University. Dr. Rana is a strong believer of patient and the family partnership for a better and brighter future for patients with sometimes disabling mental illness. Dr. Rana is a Board certified in child and adult Psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has 15 years of experience in her field and she lives in Menlo Park, California.

Dr. Sandeep Sharma–Dr. Sharma earned his DDS degree from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, in the state of Punjab, India. He migrated to United States 11 years ago. He lives and practice in Santa Rosa, North California. Mr. Sharma is very active in non-profit institutions focused on environment, health and development.

Dr. Sanjiv Joshua–Dr. Joshua earned his MBBS degree from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in state of Punjab, India. He migrated to United States 13 years ago when he was in the middle of his Orthopedic Surgery's MD program. Dr. Joshua was very active in non-profit institutions focused on education and health in India. Dr. Joshua practices in Oakland, California.

Water Contamination
Kids in Punjab villages losing sight to polluted drinking water

Shankar Singh, 22, lost his eyesight
a decade ago. His younger brother,
Visakha Singh, who had no vision problem when he was born, too, lost
his sight as he grew up. [Read More...]

Pollution in Budda Nullah - 7 of family
fall prey to hepatitis

Gurminderjit Kaur of Gaunspur village
on the bank of Budda Nullah is only
28 years old and has lost all adult members of her family to hepatitis due
to the consumption of contaminated water [Read More...]

Parts of Malwa and Rajasthan drinking poison?

In the wake of discovery of high level
of uranium and other heavy metals in hair samples of 80% of 149
neurologically -disabled children, samples of five children from
worst-affected village of Teja Rohela, [Read More...]

Punjab Cancer
Cancer belt of Punjab

The number of cancer patients has
grown manifold in the recent years in the Malwa area. Local people feel excessive use of pesticides has contaminated the ground water.[Read More...]

Cancer picture dismal, not complete

The Day & Night channel’s well- documented report Cancer da Keher managed to capture the big picture. Swaran Singh Danewalia met the affected families in the Malwa region [Read More...]

HC notice to state on cancer in Malwa

Refusing to close its eyes to the ailing cancer cure facilities in Punjab’s Malwa belt, the Punjab and Haryana High
Court has taken suo motu cognizance [Read More...]

Cancer Train
‘Cancer train’ remains as popular as ever

Yet another year has passed but the
number of patients boarding from here
the infamous “cancer train” to Bikaner in
Rajasthan for the treatment of the
disease has increased,[Read More...]

Cancer Express

Passenger Express 339 enters Bathinda railway station around 9 pm, as if blindfolded by the dark winter night. The sight of it brings a glint to the lifeless
eyes of Balwinder Singh (42) waiting [Read More...]

Green revolution’s cancer train

Pesticides and cancer: a murderous
concoction, a massive environmental
and health disaster, while people are
dying in village after village of Punjab
[Read More...]

Uranium poisoning in Punjab
India's generation of children crippled by uranium waste

Their heads are too large or too small,
their limbs too short or too bent. For
some, their brains never grew, speech
never came and their lives are likely to
be cut short [Read More...]

Dr. Carin Smit's open letter to Journal of Medical Physics India

In 2008 I visited north India on request
to offer my services as a volunteer in a
project where there are more than 400
severely disabled children. The majority
suffered from [Read More...]

Punjab disability & Uranium Link – BBC

Tests on children with cerebral palsy or
mental disabilities in the Indian state of
Punjab have revealed high levels of
uranium. [Read More...]

Environmental Toxicity
Punjab: Sindh valley civilization again ready to die

The whole community is put on slow
death. The only difference between the
both situations is this that in those
times it was a natural disaster but this
time it is of man made [Read More...]

Punjab: An Environmental toxicity hotspot heading towards death

Punjab’s Ecosystem is full of Poisons.
It is increasingly becoming obvious that
Punjab is turning into a hotspot of
Environmental Toxicity. [Read More...]

Water Crisis and Water Chaos in Punjab

Women are bound to fetch water on
their head from as far as 3 kms, and a vast majority of people have no option other than to drink sub-human water [Read More...]

Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration plants
RO plants bring hope in cancer belt

Despite slow pace of installation,
residents feel it will help them combat
the scourge Installation of Reverse
Osmosis (ROs) filtration plants is
progressing at a slow pace to provide
potable water [Read More...]

RO water too costly for Punjab’s poor
in Malwa

In the Malwa belt of Punjab that is
riddled with water problems, the Punjab
government’s project to install water
purifiers working on RO theory does not
seem to have yielded desired results,
at least for the poor.[Read More...]

Uranium in Water, 200 reverse osmosis plants of little use

Detection of high level of uranium in
water in the Malwa belt of Punjab have
virtually halted the installation of reverse
osmosis (RO) plants[Read More...]