Hindu Temple in Edison helping tsunami victims in India
Members of the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Edison are helping the tsunami victims in India.
Many at the temple say it is dark times for those living in the areas destroyed by last week?s tsunami. Hindu leaders told thousands of worshippers to pray for the victims and to help however they can. Members of the temple are helping 1,000 families in 13 villages by providing food and temporary shelter.
The Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is affiliated with BAPS Care International, a non-profit humanitarian organization. Siddarth Dubal of BAPS Care says his organization is known for handling relief efforts during disasters. Dubal says the biggest issue in the disaster areas is a lack of fresh water. He says field workers from his organization are trying to set up filtration systems.
The temple has also been sending out more than 40,000 packets to the community. The packets contain information on how people can help out in the relief efforts.