Posted on March 24, 2020
Khalis Foundation, a Sikh non-profit organization in the United States, today announced the launch of a virtual homework assistance project. The project is being launched to assist students with homework who may not be able to seek tutors in-person due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Khalis is a pioneer in providing technology-based solutions to the Sikh community. Its project “Sundar Gutka” has over 10 million downloads and SikhiToTheMax is used by Gurdwaras, Sikh places of worship, across the world to display Gurbani, Sikh scripture translations.
Balwinder Kaur, Khalis Chief of Education was inspired by the Facebook post of Ashmeet K Sahni, a STEM high school teacher in the California bay area, to help any family in need during distance learning programs launched by schools to cope with COVID-19. Kaur said, “The COVID-19 school shutdown impacts lower income group families and struggling students more than it does high achieving students and students from well-educated families.”
“Khalis volunteers are bootstrapping a Sikh Homework Help Program by bringing together Accredited K-12 School Teachers, Tutors, and Volunteers to offer FREE 30-minute virtual Homework Help in the subjects of English, Maths, and Science to any student or family who is in need of help,” she added.
In addition, Khalis Foundation also announced that it will elevate its Food Pantry project in Alameda county to ensure those impacted by COVID-19 can be provided assistance. “Last week, Khalis Foundation initiated the first Sikh Food Pantry in California and has helped various other Sikh food pantries get started across the state. There is a team of volunteers who are collecting data, vetting the applicants, and with the help of a team of drivers, delivering groceries to their homes for free. The Food Pantry is open to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike, following the Sikh Langar tradition,” Tarun Singh, Khalis Chief Executive Officer said.
Those seeking assistance can fill in the form at this URL: tinyurl.com/SikhFoodPantry
“At Khalis, we are blessed that many of our apps and websites are used by a large portion of the Sikh community. Sundar Gutka alone has over 10 Million downloads and sees 150,000 daily active users. The SikhiToTheMax website and desktop application are used by thousands of users daily. We are using these apps and services to raise awareness of the on-going pandemic within the Sikh community,” Tarun Singh added.