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To better understand the current situation and philanthropic process, Sukhi Singh went to India during Christmas week in December 2010 to finance the Water Treatment Plant (also called Water Works) at his native village Heeron Khurd, district Mansa of Punjab so that the people of his village will have access to safe drinking water. The project is being implemented under World Bank’s US$154 million loan for Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for the Government of Punjab. The World Bank will finance 90% of Water Works cost but required 10% contributions from village and state governments. The total cost of the water works project is around 90 lakhs Rupees (US $200,000.00). On request of village Sarpanch (Democratically elected head of a village), financial assistance to the villages part of 10% contribution was provided by Sukhi Singh & family on Dec 29, 2010. The check was delivered to the village Sarpanch at local Sikh Temple (Gurudwara) and advised them on cancer preventive measures. The meeting with Mansa District Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kumar Rahul was held at his residence in the evening so that this Water Works project could be expedited.

We have also provided financial assistance to the Baba Farid Center for Special Children (BFCSC), in Faridkot run by Dr. Pritpal Singh. BFCSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to help the kids with autism, cerebral palsy, microcephaly and other neurological disorders. The center had more than 200 kids in their care who are suffering from various neurological disorder caused by pollution, contaminated water, excessive amount of various heavy metals and Uranium in their body. Dr Carin Smit, has worked in this center in 2009 and able to determine the Uranium presence in Punjab. Uranium poisoning in Punjab first made news in March 2009, when a South African toxicologist, Dr Carin Smit associated with UK-based Defeat Autism Now!, while visiting Faridkot city in Punjab, India, had hair and urine samples of 149 children affected with birth abnormalities including physical deformities, neurological and mental disorders, sent to Microtarce Mineral Lab, Germany. 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.

Motives behind the pilot project:

The water crisis is fast deepening in Malwa as there is no water for irrigation neither for drinking in many villages. Potable water has become a saleable commodity in Malwa villages. Subsoil water in most places is too saline or contaminated. The water in the canals is black and stinking; it flows over the fields carrying such heavy doses of organophosphates that it is unfit for irrigation. Untreated industrial waste released into drains is seeping into the soil and polluting the groundwater. People living alongside drains in Punjab are fast becoming vulnerable to even DNA damage. Dr J S Thakur of PGI, Chandigarh, who is working on this issue, admits that water contaminated by untreated industrial waste might be leading to cancer and other congenital diseases.

Financial aid of around US $5,000 can help the villages to get the Water Works installed in one village under the above mentioned World Bank’s program. There are so many overseas Indian (Punjabi specially) who are very prosperous and can contribute to stop the deadly disease of Cancer which is killing the less fortunate’s.

Punjab Foundation will be very glad to assist any families or individual who directly want to finance the Water Works or any related project in any village of Malwa. If someone does not have time but wants to extend financial help to any villages or cancer related organization (like Baba Farid Center for the special Children), we can help them too. We would connect the donor with the receiving party with full transparency. 

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