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    20 young Singaporeans off to Punjab to help needy school children

    By Chitra Balagumaran, Channel NewsAsia |
    Posted: 09 December 2009 2012 hrs

    SINGAPORE : Twenty young Singaporeans have embarked on a charitable journey to aid underprivileged and needy school children in the northern Indian state of Punjab from December 9 to 27.

    They are part of the Young Sikh Association's community service project called Project Khwaish IX. The word "Khwaish" means hopes or aspirations in Punjabi.

    The multi-racial group was given a send-off at the Central Sikh Temple on Wednesday.

    Mr Zainudin Nordin, Mayor of Central Singapore District and MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, graced the occasion.

    While in Punjab, the youths will develop a library of 2,500 books and donate four computers to the library. They will also refurbish and paint a school as well as distribute toys and clothes to needy children.

    They will also visit cultural and historical places such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

    Kulvinder Kaur, a participant of Project Khwaish IX and a student from Singapore Management University, said: "One reason I am doing this is because I have done this before, and the sense of satisfaction is so fulfilling that I want to do it again.

    "We are also supporting their pursuit of knowledge. We are donating 2,500 books to them; we will also refurbish the library so that we create a conducive environment for them to borrow books, return books, and so in some way, we are supporting this pursuit of education.

    "And we are helping them in the community; we are also donating books, toys, souvenirs for children as well as teachers..."

    Hernaikh Singh, president, Young Sikh Association (Singapore), said: "The first purpose is to provide an opportunity for young Singaporeans to aid less privileged and needy children in Punjab.

    "The second one is that it is an opportunity for them to develop their leadership skills, because they will be required to undertake certain functions while they are in Punjab.

    "The third one, which is equally important, is to provide them with the opportunities to look at issues and developments in Punjab, to look at the social, cultural, political, economic challenges facing Punjab and how they can actually use the experiences and contribute to Singapore." -

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