“How many times have we all heard: Why don’t we have more services for our own? Well, for one, we don’t have the data to show demand. To show to each other, so we can support each other. To show agencies and other organizations, so they can put more resources and energy towards the community’s specific needs,” Mallika Kaur, Sikh Family Center co-founder and board member, told Sikh24.
The Sikh Family Center provides both direct services and acts as a liaison to connect Sikhs to other available services of which the community may not be aware.
“Is family violence really as widespread in the Sikh community? Are people with disabilities made invisible? Who do I speak to about the silent diseases, addictions, I have seen in my own home? This survey is everyone’s opportunity to make themselves heard, confidentially, and to reach out,” she added.
The nonprofit has run successful survey campaigns before but only in a hard-copy format, which yielded responses from 15 U.S. states. They collected 500 such surveys and published the data and used it to educate the community. Now, they hope to widen the breadth of scope with the current campaign and are reaching out to all American Sikhs to fill and complete the short survey which is available in both Punjabi and English. The survey takes 10 minutes on average and is anonymous.
Since 2009, the nonprofit charity SFC has assisted multiple families with domestic abuse cases, has run medical clinics, responded to drug or alcohol abuse issues, and continues assisting high school and college students with mentorship, conversations on safety and health, and a whole host of other types of cases.
SFC has a team of ten trained peer counselors, who have completed at least 25 hours of SFC training to respond to crisis situations. These counselors work with SFC’s larger network of volunteers across the country: lawyers, physicians, nurses, teachers, parents, Gurdwara sevadaars, students, and others who attempt to meet the needs of the community on various platforms. The results of the current survey will enable to group to begin to hone in on core issues facing the Sikh community both internally and externally.
Sikh24 has been told that the results of the survey will then be published in accessible formats for the community, to aid everyone who wishes to support the Sikh diaspora within the USA.