Fostering Organizations

5Rivers Foundation is pleased to collaborate and provide financial support to the following Sikh community organizations.

SIKH COALITION INC: http://www.sikhcoalition.org/
The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, the Coalition works towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be. The organization provides direct legal services, advocates for law and politics, promotes appreciation for diversity, and fosters civic engagement.

SIKH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC: http://www.shdf.org/
The Sikh Human Development Foundation's mission is to transform lives through higher education by providing scholarships to bright but poor students in Punjab and neighboring states for higher professional education in a large variety of disciplines.

ENSAAF: http://www.ensaaf.org/
Ensaaf is a nonprofit organization working to end impunity and achieve justice for mass state crimes in India, with a focus on Punjab, by documenting abuses, bringing perpetrators to justice, and organizing survivors. Ensaaf has established an international reputation for innovative and effective advocacy, working with India's preeminent human rights attorneys and the world's foremost human rights organizations.

SIKH AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND INC: http://www.saldef.org/
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization. It empowers Sikh Americans through advocacy, education and media relations. Founded as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, SALDEF began solely as an all-volunteer organization with a primary focus on media analysis and education. Based on the needs of the Sikh American community, SALDEF began responding to civil rights, legislative, employment, and accommodation issues.

SIKH RESEARCH INSTITUTE: http://www.sikhri.org/
The Sikh Research Institute aims to develop a principle-driven community by protecting the core and enlarging the resource pool. Our efforts are divided into three focus areas: Training and Development, Global Awareness, and Strategic Solutions. All programs and projects strive to develop and share a positive Sikh perspective. The Sikh Research Institutes strengthens individuals and builds communities by enhancing leadership skills and endorsing community action. All development initiatives attempt to weave diversity, multiculturalism, and acceptance into the fabric of civil society.

JAKARA MOVEMENT: http://www.jakara.org/
The Jakara Movement seeks to encourage engagement with Sikh culture through education, research, and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 2000, the Jakara Movement began as a collegiate conference, but has evolved into an institution for the recruitment and training of volunteers and a hub for the Sikh Californian youth. With a focus on the interstices of education, health, gender, and social justice, the Jakara Movement inclusively engages large sections of the Sikh youth in various projects to strengthen their identity and consciousness as Sikhs, foster education through service-learning, and inspire activism and volunteerism within the greater Qaum.

PANJAB DIGITAL LIBRARY: http://www.panjabdigilib.org
The mission of the Panjab Digital Library (PDL) is to locate, digitize, preserve, collect and make accessible the accumulated wisdom of the Panjab region, without distinction as to script, language, religion, nationality, or other physical condition. PDL is dedicated to: addressing heritage loss due to environment, ignorance and destruction; saving invaluable treasures to enrich the present and enlighten the future; and connecting people globally by providing continued free online access. PDL seeks to promote an entirely new culture of awareness, where the masses contribute to the safeguarding of old texts.