NEW YORK, USA—United Sikhs, a world wide organization based in New York, USA, has announced scholarships for 39 Sikh Students living in Pakistan. The move by United Sikhs comes after many Sikh families in Pakistan have been forcefully displaced due to on-going conflicts between the Pakistan Government, and the Taliban. With its “STARAE” (Scholarships as a Tool to Accelerate and Revive Academic Excellence) Project, United Sikhs is aiming to boost education, and literacy rate, among Sikh students of Pakistan.
This project of United Sikhs has also helped the children of martyred Shaheed Jaspal Singh who was beheaded by the Taliban in 2010. Sikhs like Jaspal Singh have been targeted by Taliban seeking ransom money in form of Jazia Tax (Islamic tax imposed on non-Muslims for their protection).
The cost for United Sikhs to sponsor one student per month is £20 GBP / $30 USD. With its STARAE scholarship, United Sikhs seeks to help Sikh students in Peshawar attain high school degrees. Monthly donations can be set up online by going to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate or by sending a check to a UNITED SIKHS office. For more information, please see http://www.unitedsikhs.org/starae/