Some years ago when I heard about a Sikh aid organisation called Khalsa Aid being formed I was both hopeful and sceptical. Hopeful that I could channel my donations through an organisation I felt an affinity with, and sceptical because I wasn't sure if they would get enough support from the community.
Well, here's an excerpt from a recent article by Ravinder Singh:
"Since Khalsa Aid was launched in 1999 a lot of similar Sikh organisations have suddenly mushroomed overnight. Most of them, purely for individual or monetary gain. Humanitarian disasters have become a massive money-making and political business. I have been involved in many relief operations since 1999 and have also seen many groups who have state-of-the-art photographic equipment but do very little actual relief work. Their well-presented Web sites give a very different picture."
The full article is worth a read. I must admit I haven't done much to get involved or support Khalsa Aid, but I really feel that ideally there should be just one Sikh aid organisation in the UK through which we can channel our aid and be proud of.