Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Many of us have a strong desire to help others. Some choose to become doctors or nurses and care for patients. Some choose to become farmers and grow food for us. Some choose to become engineers and make life easier for people. Some choose to become truck or taxi drivers and provide transportation for goods and people. Some choose to become lawyers and advise those in need. Read more
Kaur Voices was an amazing experience. It was an eye-opening event and I learned a lot about the experiences of others in the Sikh community. This was my first time attending and I loved it. My favorite part of the event was hearing about topics that aren't commonly addressed in the community. Overall, this event provided a lot of positive insight and I will definitely attend again in the future. Jasminn Bling is a college student in Sacramento and active member of Misl Sacramento.
This was the second time I volunteered at the Sac Food Bank with my peers. This time we volunteered at a different location and helped through different tasks. My task was to make bags of light bulbs and distribute them to the people. My peers worked in truck, they bagged dairy products. It was interesting working along other people from different locations. The other task I did was bagging the appropriate squash. Some of the squash was ruined so as I bagged the squash I had to analyze and toss the bad squash away. Later, I unfolded the boxes. As other volunteers distributed the food items, it looked like a mini farmers market. Overall, this experience was great because we got to meet new volunteers as well as contribute by using our skills. Manpreet Kaur is an active member of Misl Sacramento and the Sikh Honor and Service Society. She is a junior at NP3 in Sacramento.
My name is Gurmun Singh and I just wanted to reminisce about the college workshop that took place in Sacramento. As junior year is finishing up and AP tests, the SAT and ACT, and applying for colleges are closing in, it becomes a stressful time for us. With this college workshop, I was provided with information that I may have not received until I was in college and having this early exposure truly helps out. This workshop cleared out many of the myths of college and provided me with great knowledge of how college works. Being able to understand how to apply for financial aid and the benefits of applying to scholarships is valuable. Not only did this workshop provide us with information on how to apply for colleges, it gave us an early insight into the college life and also how to avoid being pressurized into things that you don’t want to take a part in. Hearing the college experiences from different backgrounds, such as one who went to a UC and stayed at the dorms and one who went to a CSU and stayed at home, gave different views on the college life and each perspective was helpful. One big thing that I took away from this workshop was that the college that I end up at is not the person that I am because college is a place for education. As I advance onto my senior year and start the dreadful process of college applications, I will keep my confidence high and remember the advice that was given at this workshop to do my best. Thank you to Jakara Movement for putting this workshop up in Misl Sacramento. Gurmun Singh in a junior at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove. He is a member of Misl Sacramento and has been a part of the Bhujangi Youth Academy.
On February 26th 2015, I volunteered with the Sacramento Food Bank with CLF club members and Misl Sacramento. I personally helped placing two bundles of broccoli in a bag to be distributed to the residents of North Highlands. I observed, it was very organized which makes it easier to pass out vegetables/fruits to people. After getting done with packing broccoli, I helped filling front tables with vegetables/fruits as labeled. Also, I helped people get boxes, who were having hard time caring their food as there were no grocery carts or baskets as there are in a grocery store. It was a very busy but fun experience. I learned how we can make some changes to do our Sacha Sauda Seva in a more organized way. Karanpreet is a junior at NP3 High and an active member of Misl Sacramento.
I had an amazing time helping out at the Sacha Sauda meal sharing last weekend, where we distributed hygiene packages and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the houseless in Downtown. It was such a great learning experience for me because it taught me how to work on a team and be committed to what I was doing. With the help of a group of students we organized a hygiene drive at our high school, NP3. We also sold donuts at school to help fundraise for this drive. It was difficult in the beginning to spread awareness of why we were doing this drive and what the cause was. It was a challenge to get all the students to participate at school so we decided to do a competition between classes to make it more exciting and get more people to participate. This hygiene drive lasted for 3 weeks at school and we ended up collected around 1,300 items, which was a big deal because we all worked so hard from setting up the boxes to organizing the sales. After we had the items we decided to have a Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing and go out in downtown to distribute the hygiene packs along with the sandwiches. We prepared the food at West Sacramento Gurdwara on Sunday around 2pm, and then went to Downtown to give it out to people. It was such a great feeling to hand out the stuff to all the people and seeing them happy to get their basic needs of living. The people there were so nice and they all thanked us for coming out in such cold weather and helping them out. After seeing the lives of the houseless, it motivates me to do more and helps me realize how fortunate I am to have these little opportunities in my life to help others. I have always wanted to do something for my community and I am always looking for a big opportunity. Working with Jakara has made me realize that these little things are just a start and I have so much more to offer to my community. I cannot wait to organize another one of these events and work together with these amazing people in the organization. Gagan Kaur is a junior at NP3 Charter High School in Sacramento. She is also a member of the Sikh Honor and Service Society and Misl Sacramento.
The Jakara Juniors Camp was an event full of activities, knowledge, and fun while the children learned about the events of June and October 1984. Much of the knowledge was spread through nursery rhymes, gurbani translations, videos, and rich conversations. At the camp the children learned mainly about the Human rights violations which occurred during the year of 1984, many of the children were able to grasp this knowledge through the various listed activities. The camp was extremely successful in terms of communicating the atrocities of 1984 to the children, their comments and questions reflected their understanding and interest in the topic. A child had asked me why the Indian government had hurt the Sikhs in 1984, answering this question would have took me a great amount of time. We were definitely constrained by time, but that is perfectly fine as the interest shown by the children will definitely influence them to research what happened during 1984 . Despite the fact we did not cover the points that caused 1984 as strongly as we could, I felt that we made it clear to the kids that the Indian Government had done something very horrid to the Sikh community. That the Sikhs felt, and today feel great amounts of anguish due to these events, something that was clearly perceived by the children at that day at the camp. I have strong hopes that these kids will try to go on to dig out a sense of peace in this topic that we scratched on that Saturday only to unravel the deeper and disgusting injustices preformed by the Indian government. Upon finding these injustices, I believe a sense of action towards justice will spur in these children and that what they will discover in their personal research will stick with them for the rest of their life, just as it did for me. Gurneel Singh is a junior at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, CA. He is an active member of Misl Sacramento and the Sikh Honor and Service Society.
When it comes to doing Seva, my only experience has come from helping my mom in the kitchen for Langars. Being able to reach out to our youth while helping them understand the events that took place in 1984 was an enlightening experience. The day started early where we got the kids T-shirt’s, nametags and gave them an opportunity to wake up with recess. We then split up the kids by age considering the graphic nature of what took place. Gagan, Gurneel and I took a group of older kids and did a quick shabad activity where they had to interpret what the excerpt meant to them. We then read several pages from the publication, Kristallnacht. After lunch and an epic water balloon fight, we had majority of the kids watch a movie on 1984 which was followed by a PowerPoint presentation. The day was filled with so many different emotions from elation to sadness. The most interesting part was to see how the kids felt and responded to specific stories and pictures of 1984. Personally, I learned and gained so much from this experience and look forward to working with Jakara to start a MISL chapter in the Stockton area. I appreciate all the other counselors for being so welcoming and being there for the kids. We must not forget our youth and help them on their path to righteousness. Andy Singh is an active member of Misl Sacramento and is helping start Misl Stockton.
I have been attending Jakara camps since the age of 9. Now being 17 and having the opportunity to become a counselor has allowed me to grasp the themes of our camps in an entirely different way. As a counselor I aim able to ensure every single kid goes home with enough knowledge to share with others as well as making it a priority that our campers leave with a sense of self-confidence, sangat, and fun. My first experience as a counselor has opened my eyes to truly see the importance of these camps held for the kids. Some walk in without any background knowledge of the theme, and being able to fill their minds with stories, shabads, and details of what is being taught is something I am extremely fortunate to have accomplished.Overall, this experience is one I truly cherish and certainly will continue doing as the years go on. Being a member of the Jakara movement has expanded the way I communicate with people, has immensely improved my social skills, and has made me an even more committed Sikh.Isherpreet Kaur is a member of Misl Sacramento and has been part of the Jakara family for many years.
The second time I participated in feeding the homeless I got to learn things and participate in a type of seva I really wanted to for quite some time. The first time I did this in September it was more of a project and a new learning experience in which we got to explore. We had to know what we were doing and explain it to other members in the community to raise awareness for the sacha sauda meal and collecting clothes. This Sunday afternoon all volunteers gathered at the West Sacramento Gurdwara to prepare a complete meal to serve to homeless people in downtown. I was very excited to do this because the first time I did this, it felt great and inspired me to do more. At the Gurdwara we all split up for different tasks such as making salad, cutting fruit, and cooking pasta. After the meal was prepared, we took it to Downtown. As we got there, this lady who was sleeping on the sidewalk, jumped up and said “ you guys the food people?” Seeing that excitement on her familiar face felt very heart warming. She was also wearing the clothes/ suits we donated last time we went. We first set up a table and served there. We all stood in a line serving them from hand sanitizer to food. We then walked around the area to, to look out for more people. I got to see where they slept and the conditions they lived throughout. They all were very thankful even if it was just one meal. It felt sad seeing them this way, but it felt to me as If I really cared, and that we should do this more often. Each time I feel we can make a small difference even though it’s not everything but it is something. Seeing the happiness on their face was a feeling that I personally felt couldn’t be felt in any corner of the world I went to. This experience might not seem that big but it made me think back to the basics of a real normal life, and how in life today we find happiness in materialistic things instead of through other people and being thankful for what we have. Jit Kaur is a junior at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School in Sacramento. She is an active member of both the Sikh Honor and Service Society and Misl Sacramento.