The idea of the sanctuary came about when Bhai Ram Singh Ji (USA), Bhai Dhanna Singh Ji (Australia), and Bhai Amrinder Singh Ji (UK) and his wife were visiting Akal Bunga Sahib Gurudwara in Punjab, India. They expressed a wish to Baba Surinder Singh Ji that they would like to go visit the villages and meet people, embracing the culture and experience the beauty of rural Punjab. Imagining happy village life with lush green fields and children playing out in the sun, mothers making food on an open stove, cattle grazing contently, they set off for a day trip. The experience was far from what they expected and left them all deeply troubled. They returned from the villages deeply upset, having seen the struggles of many families in poverty. With no means of getting their children a decent education, the future looked bleak for their next generations too. The hardships of the women and children left behind after the men have succumbed to drug addiction, debt and suicide had been unbearable to watch. They came across children who had no family left to look after them. The video on the YouTube link, above, page gives some insight, as parents recall the days where the families and children went without meals, where education was out of their reach and any earnings were spent on keeping a makeshift roof over their heads. The video also features some of the orphans, who are now facing a much brighter future but give a shy insight into the painful past they came from. The four visitors asked Baba Surinder Singh Ji for his help in doing something that would help as many people as possible, to improve their conditions in the long term rather than just providing a short term fix. Baba Surinder Singh Ji pledged his full support and the foundation for Khalsa Sanctuary came about with Baba ji offering the premises of Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib, Subhana to house this honourable cause. Shoulder to shoulder this group have worked tirelessly to develop the Sanctuary for maximum benefit to as many children and families as possible. See ‘Progress so far’ page for more information.
With the ‘Grace of God’ the Sanctuary has grown in grow in size and strength and support. In order to accommodate the increasing needs and utilise resources more effectively, the Sanctuary has relocated to Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib in Kotduna, Barnala. In the future, it is hoped that the Sanctuary can extend help to many more families, providing them with a better way of life.