Dil Se Sewa

Highlights Of #DilSeSewa Telethon: An Initiative To Provide Oxygen And Hospital Support To COVID-19 Patients

New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee are back with a special campaign, Dil Se Sewa - Helping India Breathe. The campaign aims to provide the urgently needed support as the country reels under a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds raised under the initiative will support the gurdwara's critical interventions like the 'oxygen langars', a newly created COVID care facility, free ambulance service among others.

Here are the highlights of the #DilSeSewa telethon:

May 16, 2021
20:10 (IST)
Vikramjit Sahney, Chairman, Sun Foundation and International President, World Punjabi Organization joins the #DilSeSewa telethon

We had put up first ever mobile corona testing clinics and ambulances for Delhi containment zones and for testing at the doorsteps in the villages of Punjab and had also supported the langar sewa together with DSGMC. This year, because of oxygen shortage, about 500 oxygen concentrators, along with Sun foundation, generous support of Mr. Steve Gupta, Chairman, Gupta family foundation from Toronto were donated. And we had donated over 300 concentrators to Gurdwara Rakab Ganj for Guru Teg Bahadur COVID center, which is a very good facility. Also, we had donated to various other gurdwaras like Rajouri Garden, Greater Kailash, Defence Colony, Shiv Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, who all are doing an exemplary service.

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About The Campaign

About The Campaign

India is in crisis. 

At a time when infection rates are soaring and every day brings grim news, at a time when beds, oxygen, medicine & hope seem to have all run out, all of India is feeling the same despair, the same distress, the same devastation. 

But through the darkness, there has been a ray of light.

The Sikh community has been at the forefront of relentlessly helping people during through the pandemic. If the rich living tradition of food sharing, as widely practiced in langars or community kitchens, fed millions last year, then this year the langars have provided an even more critical & basic element of life – oxygen.

In the time honoured Sikh tradition of selfless service and compassion, these Oxygen Langars sprang up almost immediately across affected cities, and in gurdwaras, where volunteers stood with oxygen cylinders for hours, helping breathless patients breathe, helping India breathe.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee & NDTV are coming together for a special fundraising campaign, Dil Se Sewa – Helping India Breathe.

The funds raised will aid in providing this urgently needed support, amongst many others. It will go to support the gurdwara’s immediate & critical interventions like the oxygen langars, a newly created COVID care facility and the free ambulance service. But it will also contribute to other existing efforts that all aim to strengthen India’s health system for the future  – the free dialysis hospital, the low cost MRI & CT Scan centre and the dawakhanas that provide medicines at reasonable rates.

About The Partners

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is an autonomous organisation which manages Gurdwaras in Delhi state. DSGMC also manages various educational institutions, hospitals, old age homes, libraries and other charitable institutions in Delhi.

It is headquartered in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, near Parliament House. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Management Committee (DSGMC) came into existence in 1974. Elections to the committee take place every four years.

Ponty Chadha Foundation 

Initiated by Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Chadha in September 2014, in the memory of her late husband, the erstwhile visionary Chairman of the Wave Group, Mr. Ponty Chadha, The Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF) is the CSR arm of the Wave Group. The foundation addresses areas pertaining to hunger and food security, community health, education and skill training, sports for children and corporate employees and running awareness drives for sanitation, women safety & fitness beside others. It collaborates with government agencies and support associations like Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (DGPC) to extend community service in the areas that are deemed critical for the masses, especially weaker section of the society. It has handed over 60 oxygen concentrators, thousands of water bottles and given monetary assistance to the tune of INR 10 lakh towards pandemic mitigation in UP and Delhi.

One of the prominent initiatives undertaken by the foundation is Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), a one-of-its-kind school in the country, founded in 1999 for children with special needs in the areas of education, vocational training, occupational and physical therapy, and capacity building. The completely free provisions have empowered around 25000 children with special needs, till date.