THE Sikh Seva Foundation opened its first International Student Help Centre in Surrey last Sunday. The volunteers of the foundation said they have recognized the issues and problems for the international students.
The foundation believes that a bridge between the international students and the local South Asian community needs to be built. It says its volunteers have completed a deep analysis for the root cause of this issue and have created a plan to help these students in Canada. The volunteers have traveled around and listened to the struggles faced by the students whether they concern work, government, friends, school or anything else.
“We believe that as fellow immigrants to this Indigenous land we need to help and stand for our children. Our Sikhi values teach us the lesson of “Sarbat Da Bhala” in which case we need to care for all and treat them like our own,” the foundation said in a press release.
The Student Help Centre is located in Surrey at 7748 128th Street where students will be able to get all items free of cost. To start with, the centre will have daily household items that the students can take for free. The public can donate all usable household items and furniture which the students will be able to use.
The Help Centre will be open on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. The timings will be extended in the near future and all the updates will be posted on the foundation’s Facebook page and website.
If you would like to support this cause or need more information about the International Student Help Centre or the Sikh Seva Foundation, visit the foundation’s Facebook page, email at [email protected] or call at 604-614-0200.