During these unprecedented times, we have also focused a lot of our efforts on giving back to those less fortunate. GWAPI has raised $8K in donations to food banks. Additionally, GWAPI (Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) and leading Maryland Gurdwara GNFA (Guru Nanak Foundation of America) took the lead on, June 21 st , 2020 in a food drive to serve more than 350 families affected by the pandemic of COVID. During these difficult COVID times when millions of Americans have lost their jobs, several Indian American entities demonstrated unprecedented unity in coming together and raising funds for several food drives in schools, community colleges, temples and Gurdwaras. These entities served the folks from all communities, ethnicities, and faiths. Besides GWAPI and GNFA the other participating entities are as follows: IDRF (India Development and Relief Fund), UHJT (United Hindu, Jain temples), HACSI (Hindu American Community Services, Inc) and ADG (American Diversity Group).
GWAPI, Indian American physicians from the area (Maryland and Virginia) have also taken a lead role in helping with prescriptions for hundreds of patients who have not been able to return back to India due to COVID and their medicines have run out. This effort was launched by Sewa International, a leading charitable organization in U.S. working on many aspects of the pandemic, such as, Food Kitchens, Housing Indian students and Convalescent plasma therapy for patients affected by COVID.
Recently GWAPI was informed by Montgomery College (a community college in Maryland with more than 60,000 students) that several hundred of their students were facing a difficult time with online classes due to lack of access to Laptops. GWAPI has decided to donate more than 50 laptops to these needy college students.
GWAPI President, Dr. Gurdeep Chhabra and Chair of Board of Trustees, Dr. Rajeev Khanna would like to thank all the GWAPI volunteers and GNFA volunteers in making this food drive and other charitable activities possible. We would also like to thank our Hon. Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu ji for his encouragement with these Indian American community efforts.
There is s strong sense of social responsibility amongst GWAPI members and we are very proud to continue with this.