Ever since inception the Society is actively engaged with the rehabilitation and social emancipation of Sikligar Sikh families residing in Karnataka. These families basically Sikhs had migrated to Karnataka during the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in early nineteenth century and over the period lost touch with Punjabi/ Gurmukhi language and streamline of Sikhism except keeping up the outward physical appearance. They engage themselves in the profession of manufacturing crude household iron items like knifes and tongs etc., which they directly market themselves. Being technically and economically weak they are not able to fight market forces and are consequently struck in a hopeless vortex of poverty and misery.
They are scattered in many places of Karnataka like: Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaum, Bailhongal, Shiggaon, Yadgiri, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bijapur, Nipani, Koppal, Gokak & Mudhol. The Karnataka Sikh Welfare Society has taken up the task of their upliftment in the year 2000 on three counts with particular thrust focused on their younger generation, which encouraged to acquire modern education, to provide them with pucca houses and to
bring them within the main streamline of Sikhism by facilitating their participation in religious services at Gurdwaras, where they can also taught Gurmukhi.
It is encouraging to see that in the short span of time tremendous change has been resulted in their life style, now they are better turned out and extremely confident in their inter-personal dealings. The ongoing initiatives are duly supported by donors from all over the world.
The Sikligar Project Consists of:
To provide religious knowledge to the Sikligar children.
To provide education & non-formal technical knowledge to Sikligar children.
To provide better rehabilitation through construction of appropriate houses.
To provide medical & other assistance to cover them under better health plan.
To provide all other essentials including equal participation in Sikh streamline.
A Hearty Appeal:
The Society has taken up this long-term project to rehabilitate these less fortunate Sikhs. For the successful implementation of Sikligar Rehabilitation Project, Karnataka, with fold handed we plead for the financial support to Sadh Sangat, to kindly contribute generously for the noble cause of providing assistance with regards to education, housing and meeting their medical needs. The individual and corporate/s may send their contributions in cash at KSWS counter in Gurdwara Sahib, Ulsoor, Bangalore or cheques / demand drafts can be sent in favour of “Karnataka Sikh Welfare Society" # 71, 1st Cross, 2nd Main, Kottigepalya (Opp. Vokkaligara Sangha), Bangalore-560 091, they may also directly deposit their contributions by On-Line Banking facilities to our SB A/c. No. 04112010084438, IFSC: SYNB0000411 Syndicate Bank, Vimanapura, Airport Road, Bangalore.