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Provide Care to Detained Sikh Unaccompanied Minors

A project of SALDEF
photo04.jpg Jaspreet Kaur
Washington, Washington D.C., US
$13,682pledged of $15,000 goal
$13,682goal: $15,000
28donors
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When  a Sikh Volunteer at Heartland Alliance informed us that there were over 170 Sikh unaccompanied minors that were being housed there and needed our support to provide them resources including patkas, karas, turbans, books and gutkas, we decided that it was important to  ensure these Sikh children were given resources they needed and the opportunity to be fairly represented in immigration courts.

This project matters as we need to be a resource and a voice for these  detainees especially the young unaccompanied minor Sikh children so those who are caring for them here understand who they are, know why they need the resources we provide to them and become more motivated to place the children quickly with a family member or a legal sponsor. 

Donors can help support our efforts to provide training to the staff  and resources to the Sikh unaccompanied minors by donating funds. If any donors want to volunteer with Heartland Alliance they can undertake the training required.

We will use the funds to cover the costs for the time and effort it takes to train all the staff and volunteers who interact with the Sikh Unaccompanied minors and also use the funds to purchase the resources the kids need and plan events with the kids  that coincide with Sikh religious holidays including offering them Indian meals to celebrate special occasions.

  • 02/25/2022

    Provide Care to Detained Unaccompanied Minor's

    Every Wednesday SALDEF is given a chance to connect with the Sikh children at Heartland Alliance to hold a satsang program and pray together. In addition, one Sunday each month, SALDEF is invited to participate in interfaith events together with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants and other religious communities. During those interfaith gatherings the children are given an opportunity to learn about the Sikh religion and other religions as well as eat sweets from all different cultures.

  • 12/02/2021

    Care for Detained SIkh Unaccompanied Minors

    SALDEF’s goal is to ensure the long-term safety of these children and to ensure there is respect for their culture and tradition as well as their religious needs. Donors like you supporting us in our efforts. Thank you so much!!

    On November 4th, 2021 SALDEF Program Director, Sharan Kaur Singh partnered with Dr. Carmen Arellano, Director of Children's Visitation Program at the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants to celebrate Bandi Chor Divas at the all women Heartland Alliance facility called Casa Heartland at Princeton (CHAP) in Chicago. Sharan presented on why Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chor Divas on this auspicious day to both the children and the staff at CHAP.

    All the children were given gifts. The staff and children also got to eat some Indian snacks and sweets. Then everyone got to light some candles and play with sparklers in the backyard of the facility! The children were very appreciative of the opportunity to celebrate this holiday as many of these unaccompanied minors had arrived almost 5 years ago and have not had a chance to celebrate Bandi Chor Divas since then. One of the girls even said that the sweets she got to eat that day were her favorite! 

  • 09/01/2021

    Care for Detained Unaccompanied Minors

    In the recent months, Heartland Alliance has informed SALDEF that there are number of unaccompanied Sikh minors being housed at their centers. SALDEF has been collaborating with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), our local partners and Heartland Alliance to provide weekly spiritual care services to our Sikh children and ensure the needs of the children are being met.

  • 06/14/2021

    Care for Unaccompanied Minors

    With a record number of unaccompanied minors including teens and children who arrive at the border every week, SALDEF is continuing to monitor and support the work being done at Heartland Alliance. As these numbers increase, SALDEF will continue to provide care and resources needed for any Sikh Unaccompanied minors including the opportunity to be fairly represented in immigration courts.

  • 04/08/2021

    Care for Detained Sikh Unaccompanied Minors

    With a record number of unaccompanied minors including 18,890 teens and children who arrived at the border in the past several weeks, SALDEF is continuing to monitor and support the work being done at Heartland Alliance. As these numbers increase and the challenges of the pandemic overwhelms U.S. shelter capacity and produces crisis-level crowding inside government border tents, SALDEF will continue to provide care and resources needed for any Sikh Unaccompanied minors including the opportunity to be fairly represented in immigration courts.

Name Donation Date
G. S. $25.00 June 2022
G. S. $25.00 May 2022
S. S. $25.00 May 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 2022
Anonymous $150.00 April 2022
G. S. $25.00 April 2022
Anonymous $500.00 April 2022
S. S. $25.00 April 2022
G. S. $25.00 March 2022
Jasmeet Kaur $100.00 March 2022
S. S. $25.00 March 2022
Administrator Dasvandh Network $500.00 March 2022
Anonymous $25.00 February 2022
Anonymous $400.00 January 2022
Inderpreet Singh $21.00 December 2021
Anonymous $1,000.00 December 2021
Anonymous $51.00 December 2021
Anonymous $200.00 December 2021
Nicole Bedi $500.00 December 2021
Anonymous $50.00 November 2021
H. R. $140.00 November 2021
Vikram Singh $50.00 November 2021
Jasbir Mann $50.00 November 2021
Match Fund $400.00 November 2021
Arvinder Kaur $400.00 November 2021
Match Fund $100.00 November 2021
Gurcharnjit Sickand $100.00 November 2021
Match Fund $400.00 November 2021
mohan dhillon $1,050.00 November 2021
Match Fund $20.00 November 2021
Anonymous $20.00 November 2021
Match Fund $40.00 November 2021
P. R. $40.00 November 2021
Match Fund $100.00 November 2021
Inder Gadh $100.00 November 2021
Match Fund $250.00 November 2021
Ishdeep Singh $250.00 November 2021
Sharanpreet Singh $400.00 November 2021
Match Fund $100.00 November 2021
Gurpal Bhuller $100.00 November 2021
Anonymous $200.00 November 2021
Anonymous $500.00 October 2021
rupinder mann $100.00 September 2021
Harpreet Singh $1,000.00 August 2021
Anonymous $4,000.00 August 2021
Administrator Dasvandh Network $500.00 June 2021
Inder Preet Singh $250.00 June 2021
Anonymous $280.00 June 2021
Anonymous $100.00 May 2021
Karam Singh $300.00 December 2020
sara pearl $50.00 November 2020
Match Fund $250.00 November 2020
Gurpal Bhuller $250.00 November 2020
Match Fund $250.00 November 2020
P. S. $250.00 November 2020

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