About us

Our Mission

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Recognize the entire human race as one

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Spread love and joy as taught by Guru Sahib

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Work with integrity and honesty

The SAF Story

As a dedicated and passionate group of Vancouver Sikhs with a deep connection to Sikhism, our mission is to help underprivileged communities of all faith across South Asia. With our help and the support of our donors, families can find stability and access the resources they need to succeed and prosper.

A Brief history of SAF International

2014

Sikhi Awareness Foundation is founded to provide education to children and raise awareness of the many hardships faced by families across India.

2015

We established our first Gurmat center, rebuilt 3 homes, and started a monthly food aid program.

2016

Launched 7 more Gurmat centers across Punjab, opened an office in Canada, and provided 1 million gallons of water during the MP droughts.

2017

Launched our first Gurmat center in Gujarat, expanded our sponsor program to 4 more states, and opened our India office in Punjab.

2018

Started Sikligar outreach programs in 3 separate communities, child sponsorship surpassed 500, and lifetime donor donations passed $500,000.

2019

Launched programs like “Smarter India” to uplift India’s public schooling infrastructure. We also provided vital support during the floods in Punjab.

2020

expanded all projects, built our first school, and supported communities at home and abroad during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021

We’re building more homes, educating more children, launching a community gift-giving program, and supporting the farmers of India.

Our Team

Proud B.C Sikhs who believe in supporting vulnerable communities across South Asia. The directors meet several times a year and act in the best interest of our sponsors and donors to ensure that the donations we receive are used in the best way possible. 

Board of Directors

Balraj S. Kahlon

President

Balraj has a B.A. (honors) in Economics and a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) both from Simon Fraser University. Currently, Balraj works as a Policy Analyst with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Arshdeep Singh

Secretary

Arshdeep has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He currently works as an Electric Designer for BC Hydro, and is involved in various charitable initiatives in the local community.

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Gurmeet Singh

Treasurer

Gurmeet has been working as a Mortgage Consultant in the Metro Vancouver area for the past 25 years. He is a co- founder and President of Financial Key Mortgage Corporation, and gives back to his community through his work with charitable organizations.

Daily operations

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Shamandeep Singh

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

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Shamandeep Singh

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Born and raised in Punjab, I grew up hearing stories of great Sikh men and women that had selflessly served and sacrificed for others. These stories ignited my passion to follow the path created by my ancestors. The problems in my homeland such as drug addiction, poverty, and abuse of girls and women only strengthened my desire to make a difference. Admittedly, creating my own journey to make a difference has been an overwhelming and humbling experience. After much contemplation, with Waheguru Ji’s Kirpa, me and my friends started small programs in my family village to work with youth and inspire them to learn and grow. This simple initiative received a great response and was very successful. Children were getting…

Manpreet Kaur Basra

Data Entry Clerk

Manpreet Kaur is currently working as a Data Entry Clerk with SAF International. In India, She worked with Chief Khalsa Diwan IMT as a Department head for 3 years. She has extensive experience in the education sector as an Assistant Professor from Rayat Bahra University in Chandigarh. Moreover, she brings along a Master’s degree in Info Tech and during her free time she enjoys doing art and exploring new places.

Harjinder Singh

Senior Project Coordinator

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Harjinder Singh

Senior Project Coordinator

Harjinder Singh’s personality and dedication towards our cause is admirable and shows the genuine and true humility of his character. He is considered Shamandeep Singh’s right hand man, and looks after SAF as a whole throughout India.  Harjinder wishes to thank you all for supporting the charity as the opportunity to work here has allowed him to sit and talk with so many different communities. He believes this job has changed him as a person and has provided great clarity in his life. Harjinder overlooks all new projects and makes sure that all the existing programs are running smoothly. He is tasked with resolving issues at all levels and he participates in field visits across multiple states within India. On…

Jatinderpal Singh

Office Manager

Jatinderpal Singh looks after SAF’s financial, HR and other general office systems to make sure everything is running smoothly in our India office. Prior to joining SAF he was running his own financial consulting firm. Working here he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings where he feels he is empowered, can be an advocate, motivate, connect and anchorage resilience. Jatinderpal Singh loves working at SAF because he feels that everyone shares the same vision and is genuinely dedicated to the mission of helping others.  He was drawn to work with us because he feels that serving humanity with humility, dignity and respect is of utmost importance. Jatinderpal enjoys watching football, and playing it as well…

Jaspreet Kaur

Education Program Manager

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Jaspreet Kaur

Education Program Manager

Jaspreet was the first employee in our India office back when it officially opened in 2017. She wants to thank everybody that has supported SAF over the years because she has witnessed firsthand the impact that your sponsorships and donations have made on the families we serve. Jaspreet looks after the entire Child Sponsorship program in India. This includes but is not limited to; speaking with schools, comparing charges, preparing child updates, processing child gifts, and being the point of contact for our field officers.  Without Jaspreet’s hard work, we would not be able to maintain our high level of transparency. Jaspreet’s analytical skills and dedication towards our cause has been key to our success and it allows us to…

Manpreet Kaur

Receptionist

Manpreet Kaur is our receptionist in our India office, and it’s safe to say that our office would not operate smoothly without her! She is responsible for answering phone calls, data entry, filing, reports, among many other tasks.  Manpreet started off working for SAF after her sister Jaspreet referred her to an available position. She has discovered how much she loves working here because of the rewarding experience of serving those in need, and feels like it has left a lasting impression on herself and her family. Manpreet Kaur enjoys spending time with her husband and children and listening to kirtan from Harmandir Sahib.

Jasvinder Singh

Project Coordinator

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Jasvinder Singh

Project Coordinator

Jaswinder Singh currently manages our projects within our charity.  He is responsible for looking after poverty relief projects and mainly construction development. Jaswinder works out of the office as well as on the ground, creating reports for most of our major programs in order to keep things running smoothly here at SAF. Prior to joining SAF, Jasvinder Singh worked as a Data Manager under another NGO. He has a MA in Economics and also an MA in Social Work. He was attracted to work for SAF because he feels motivated to work hard and feels good about the work that SAF does in the seva (service) of the needy and feels that it helps him feel more connected spiritually to…

Prabhjit Singh

Field Investigator

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Prabhjit Singh

Field Investigator

Prabhjit handles two of our biggest zones in Punjab and coordinates the gift giving program, the house repairs and improvement projects, medical aid support, and he is also responsible for surveying new cases in the Majha and Malwa regions. His duties outside of a non-profit would be divided into 3-4 separate jobs, but here at the charity we’re proud to wear multiple hats, and Prabhjit is no exception. Prabhjit’s children were sponsored by SAF in 2015, and after learning about Prabhjit’s dedication towards the Panth, he was asked to join SAF in 2017. Having seen the impact that SAF has had on his family with first-hand experience, and knowing that none of it would be possible without the support of…

Amar Singh

Field Investigator

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Amar Singh

Field Investigator

As a Field Investigator, Amar Singh’s job is an integral part of our organization. Amar Singh’s work is primarily on the ground, where he works to survey and find new cases for SAF to support. He also works on ensuring the gift giving program, house improvement projects, and medical aid support for families is operating as it should be. Prior to working here, Amar was working as a salesman. After having discovered SAF and meeting Shamandeep, Amar Singh feels like his life has a driving purpose and it has changed his perspective towards life in general.  Amar Singh enjoys playing volleyball and watching football in his free time.

Moneet Kaur Pannu

Donor Relations

Moneet Kaur is our Donor Relations Coordinator. She ensures efficient communication with our team of donors to keep them informed on any concerns they may have. She writes newsletters and blog posts to inform the public of the work SAF is doing in the present as well as our goals for the future. Moneet is also a commerce student at the University of British Columbia and feels passionate to work with SAF while completing her schooling.

Gurdeep Singh

Education Program Specialist

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Gurdeep Singh

Education Program Specialist

Gurdeep Singh recently signed on with SAF as an Education Program Specialist. He will be responsible for developing our new bursary education program, as well as our brand new gift giving program to ensure that all gifts ordered by our donors are delivered on time, data is collected and everything is operating smoothly.  He felt a pull to work for SAF after having met SAF’s Founder, Shamandeep. He feels that Shamandeep has a driving force that is contagious, and that is what motivates him to work and has left a positive and lasting impression on him and his family. Gurdeep enjoys playing cricket in his spare time, and loves to watch the Indian cricket team play as well. 

Prabhjot Kaur

Administrative Assistant

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Prabhjot Kaur

Administrative Assistant

Prabhjot is a receptionist at our Headquarters, she is the one that is responsible for greeting everyone over the phone with her pleasant voice. She is a recent graduate of Business Management and Administration from Cambrian College. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors seeing adventurous activities that calm her mind and get her connected with nature.

FAQ

If you have questions or concerns regarding sponsorships, donations, your account, or SAF in general, you may find the answers you’re looking for in our handy help center.