Who we are
Seva84 is a UK Registered Charity (number 1147843) founded in January 2012. Our aim is to provide support to the survivors of the November 1984 National Genocide of Sikhs and their families. We strive to bring decent standards of living to those who have lost so much and have been neglected for so many years.
All volunteers of Seva84 UK work wholly on an unpaid basis, and are driven only by the passionate desire to improve life for those living in the widow colonies. Particularly, we want to give the newer generations the opportunites their parents were denied. We aim to provide access to good education which would provide a route to success and escaping poverty.
We want to assure you that all members of Seva84 UK receive NO monetary benefits of any kind. We do not take any salary nor do we use donations to fund flight tickets to and from India. To date, Seva84 has never spent funds on t-shirts, wristbands, torches, raffle ticket prizes, dinner banquets etc as our aim is not to grow a business, nor is it to become global… its simply seva (to aid those in need). All trustees are occupied with work in a rage of professions and manage Seva84 during leisure time.
Why we are here
In November 1984 over 30,000 Sikhs across India were murdered in a national genocide. The aftermath of this terror was thousands of widows and orphans left destitute and homeless having been raped, lost family, security and all forms of livelihood and support. Twenty eight years later, conditions have failed to improve and survivors struggle on in severe poverty.
The communities in the colonies have little or no opportunities in many spheres of life including health, education, social development and work skills. Poverty has therefore not only been inflicted on these widows, but also future generations, and as such the cycle of suffering continues. Many have been left in vulnerable states leading to suicidal tendencies, prostitution, and drug and alcohol addiction.
Seva and helping others is a central component of the Sikh faith, our duty as Sikhs is to serve humanity. Seva84 therefore humbly requests donations not only on a religious basis, but also a humanitarian basis. These survivors living within the Widow Colonies have made it through countless horrors and have been failed by so many for too long. It is truly well overdue that we change this.
Seva84 believes through awareness, compassion, support and charity we can build on hope, and bring opportunities to the new generation of children by actively investing in their futures. We can help shape the future of these colonies, but only with your support.