GREAT NEWS!

GREAT NEWS DIRECT FROM UNIQUE HOME FOR GIRLS, JALANDHAR

On Wednesday 18th July after 3 years of study at a well known UK University, one of Unique Home’s once abandoned baby girls graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours Degree in Business & Management.

This tremendous achievement follows in the footsteps of her older ‘sister’ who previously attained academic success when she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from The Guru Nanak Dev, University, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

The academic prowess shown by these young women has had a positive impact on other girls at Unique Home, one of whom presently is determined to progress in her studies towards a future career in medicine.

Such achievements are testimony to the girls own commitment and determination to succeed in society. However, if it were not for the early intervention in their formative years by their ‘Muma’, Bibi Prakash Kaur Ji, who established Unique Home in 1993, then their future would have been unimaginable.

Bibi Ji, has and continues to dedicate her life to looking after unwanted, abandoned or orphan female children. Her aim is to raise these children as self respecting citizens and restore them to their place in society. This said, her commitment and dedication to these children is to be applauded considering the academic attainments of the young women who were nurtured and raised at Unique Home.

We are sure you will join us in wishing both young women every success in the future, and ask that you continue to support ourselves and our beneficiary organisation, Unique Home for Girls, Jalandhar.

Please Note:

We are sure you will appreciate, that to identify these successful young women would be an intrusion of their privacy, which if posted could result in unwarranted attention being given to them.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: FCRA REGISTRATION GRANTED TO UNIQUE HOME FOR GIRLS

 

The Bhai Ghanayya Jee Charitable Trust operating as Unique Home for Girls, Jalandhar is now registered under FCRA to receive Foreign Contributions/Currency donations.

However, the Trust still has to finalise their operating procedures with regards to receiving International Bank Transfers, but once this is completed we will publicise immediately.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to post the banking details of the Bhai Ghanayya Jee Trust on this website as they have to be obtained directly from the Trust in Jalandhar. Contact details can be found on the About (Who We Are) tab.

We would like to take this opportunity in expressing our sincere gratitude to the many patient supporters of UK Friends of Unique Home (Punjab) for donations received! All donations and retained funds will be discharged on a project by project basis as soon as is practical to the Bhai Ghanayya Jee Charitable Trust (Unique Home for Girls).

Kind regards,
UK Friends of Unique Home

RETENTION OF FUNDS

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ANNOUCEMENT: RETENTION OF FUNDS

Dear Supporter of UK Friends of Unique Home (Punjab).

We wish to take this opportunity to clarify to you why we are retaining a large amount of funds and explain to you our reasons for not forwarding funds on to Unique Home for Girls in Jalandhar.

Unique Home is currently undergoing a lengthy process to register under The Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA). This legislation was brought into force by the Indian Government to ensure foreign contributions are being lawfully donated to registered Indian NGO’s. Unfortunately, there have been significant delays to the Home’s registration process due to this lengthy bureaucratic process.

In essence, presently without the Home being FCRA Registered we are unable to transfer any funds to their account. We have been working very hard with Unique Home, their Trustees & Bibi Ji in an attempt to hasten their registration.

We have also sought expert opinions as we explored alternative methods to transfer the funds. The consensus has been that all the alternative channels carry a risk as the funds could be impounded or indeed confiscated by the Indian authorities. If this were to occur then we could be in contravention of the UK Charities Commission Guidelines.

We are sure you will appreciate we have no choice but to wait for FCRA Registration to be granted to Unique Home. In the interim we have made contact with The UK Charities Commission and made them aware of our situation which they will monitor.

We can assure you that all funds raised and presently being retained by us on your behalf will go to Unique Home as soon as we have been informed that their registration is completed.

As you can imagine this has been a very frustrating process for us here in the UK. We have always been open and transparent about our operation and relationship with Unique Home and hope this statement clarifies our current situation.

If you would like to discuss this further please contract any of the Trustees listed here: http://www.uniquehomeforgirls.org/team/

You can also view our annual statement here: http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1127531&SubsidiaryNumber=0

Girls Birthday Celebrations 2015!

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Every year the Unique Home girls celebrate their birthdays collectively on 24th April. They are celebrated with a lot of celebrations at the new house in India.

This year, UK Friends of Unique Home have decided to do something here in the UK to celebrate the grand occasion of the Unique Home girls birthday.

On Friday 24th April, we hope you will all join us in lighting a candle on a cake similar to last year at your home, office or any where that’s convenient. Please share your photos on our social media Twitter @ukuniquehome or Facebook – UK Friends of Unique Home.

On Saturday 25th April, UK Friends of Unique Home would like to invite all of our fabulous supporters to attend a Sukhmani Sahib Path, followed by Kirtan and Guru Ka langar, held in honour of the girls birthday. We feel there is no better way to mark this fantastic occasion than to shower the girls with Waheguruji’s blessings.

We would be honoured for you to join us between 2-5pm at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Havelock Road, Southall.

Please share these events and celebrations with all. There is no fundraising to be done just an opportunity to join in celebrations and give your blessings to our girls.

Lohri of Hope raises £25,000!

Lohri of Hope raises £25,000!

 

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On Saturday 24th January 500 people came together at CSN in Birmingham to celebrate Lohri of Hope. A charity ball in aid of Unique Home organised by Snob Events & UK Friends of Unique Home.

 

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The event was a huge success with guests enjoying a sparkling drinks reception, four course meal and impressive entertainment from DJ Dipps Bhamrah from BBC Asian Network, DJ Nav, a live set by JK, Giddha Sansaar, Eternal Taal and Vasda Punjab. The star of the evening was Sukshinder Shinda who performed his hits with a live band. The event was hosted by Unique Home supporter Harjap Bhangal . The auction was particularly entertaining with the highest bid going for a signed Pele top for £5,000!

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One of the organisers and Trustee for UK Friends of Unique Home Harinder Singh said ‘We are delighted with the amount we have raised this evening and the awareness we have raised for the work of Unique Home. We are grateful to all our sponsors, supporters and guests for contributing to the success of the event!’

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Parvy Rakar, founder & director Snob Events said ‘Our guests enjoyed an authentic Punjabi Lohri – the food, décor, favours and ambience we worked so hard to create took our guests back to Punjab where Lohri is celebrated with huge fan fare. We wanted to celebrate our daughters and show that there is equality for both sexes.’

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If you would like to make a donation you can do so using  https://www.justgiving.com/LohriOfHope/

 

To learn more about Unique Home go to http://www.uniquehomeforgirls.co.uk

 

 

 

“Oh No, not another charity event!” Sharan Ghuman

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“Oh No, not another charity event” I hear you cry! Many of you may have seen the posters for our LOHRI of Hope Dinner and Dance and thought ” I just can’t be bothered”.

We would like to take just a few minutes of your time to explain why these events are so very important to us.
Of course all charities have an objective to raise funds for their chosen cause. We are not going to insult your intelligence by telling you that this is not our primary aim too. Of course it is. I think it would be pertinent to explain just why these funds are so important?
Issues relating to female infanticide are still prevalent across the world, especially more so in our motherland, India, where giving birth to sons is still favoured over bearing a daughter. Many girls are killed in the womb the minute their identity is established.  274 girls are killed in utero in Punjab alone every day. ( Source: The Missing Girls 2011). If she does manage to survive the 9 months inside the womb, the minute she enters the world she is discarded like a piece of rubbish. This is where organisations like Unique Home are pivotal. Bibi Parkash Kaur ensures that no newborn baby girl or infant is left on the streets to perish. Whether they are rescued from rubbish bins or their parents simply leave them in the homes cradle, these abandoned Angels are guaranteed a safe haven. Unique home is that refuge, where they are fed, clothed, educated but above all, where they are given unconditional love.
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Bringing up a child is by no means an easy feat. Clothing,education,medical fees all add up and with no assistance from local government, survival on a daily basis is a great struggle.
This is where support from us is vital. Every single girl deserves a chance at life. Luckily for these girls, love is something they will never lack under the shelter of the wonderful bibi Parkash Kaur but to ensure a bright future, financial aid is imperative.
UK Friends of Unique home, its founders, trustees and volunteers have worked hard for the last few years to raise awareness of the home and have been involved in a vast array of charity events to raise these much needed funds for Unique home. The money raised by UK residents over the last few years as enabled a brand new home to be built from scratch, which the girls will hopefully be moving into later this year.
As a charity we think very carefully about the kind of events we want to put our name to. Many of our events centre around the themes of equality for  girls. From cultural gidda events, where being a woman is celebrated to our upcoming event, A Lohri of Hope, we are trying to change the mindset of our communities and trying to get the message across, our daughters are just as important as our sons.
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Sunday 24th January 2015, UK friends of Unique home will host one of the first celebrations of its kind, a LOHRI for girls. “But Lohri is only celebrated if you have a boy isn’t it?”
“This is wrong. This is not our tradition, why are we celebrating LOHRI for girls?” These are some of the comments we have heard. We ask WHY?
WHY should the birth of our daughters not be celebrated?
Why are mothers who have given birth to princesses made to feel inadequate?
This is why we have decided to hold a family dinner and Dance in the hope we can change this custom which we firmly believe is so very wrong. It’s our
 #LOHRIOFHOPE

The hope for equality between daughter and son
A hope that will be so very alien to some.

The hope to make a change to customs old
A Hope to dare to be so bold?

The hope to celebrate her with laughter and joy
A hope that she is equal to any boy.

The celebration of Lohri is not only for boys,
Give our daughters a chance to experience the joys.

24th Jan, don’t sit and mope
Make a difference and join us for
The Lohri of Hope!

We hope to welcome you and your families on Saturday 24th January in Birmingham!

We promise you a fun filled evening, with performances from the UKs most renowned artists, such as Sukshinder Shinda and JK. There will be performances by Vasda Punjab, Eternal Taal, And world class entertainment by DJ NAV and DJ Dipps Bhamrah. The entire event is being co ordinated by Snob Events, Parvy Rakar, wedding planner of the Year.

You will be treated to a four course meal to ensure you have all the energy needed for dancing the night away. There will be fabulous prizes up for grabs in our raffle as well as absolutely fabulous items in our Auction. Will Harjap Bhangal and Jag Chima be pointing at you when they bring down the hammer and shout “SOLD”.

Yes, we can most definitely promise you an enchanting fun evening, but the best part? You would have had all this fun but you will know you have made a difference to a little girls life. All the profits from this event will be going directly to India to ensure a better future for the Unique Angels.

Support us

Make a change

Make a difference!

LOHRI OF HOPE FOR UNIQUE HOME

 

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A Lohri Of Hope

The hope for equality between daughter and son
A hope that will be so very alien to some.

The hope to make a change to customs old
A Hope to dare to be so bold?

The hope to celebrate her with laughter and joy
A hope that she is equal to any boy.

The celebration of Lohri is not only for boys,
Give our daughters a chance to experience the joys.

24th Jan, don’t sit and mope
Make a difference and join us for
The Lohri of Hope!

We hope to welcome you and your families on Saturday 24th January in Birmingham! #LOHRIOFHOPE

UNIQUE

“UNIQUE”

Was it wrong you gave me away?
Did you ever want me to stay?

I was a girl, was that why,
You left my side with a sigh?

I can’t even remember the touch of your hand.
But you had your reasons, I understand.

You placed me in the cradle and turned away,
Never again a word to say.

I don’t know who and where you are,
It may even be you in that car.

I often think of the life I may have had,
It brings me to tears and makes me sad.

But sad and bitter, I do not remain,
You did me a favour when you left me in the rain.

I gained the love of a wonderful other,
The one I’m so proud to call my mother.

She showered me with love from day one,
In a second my heart was won.

Her lessons of chivalry I’ve cherished so dear.
She moulded my heart to love with no fear.

Her lullaby songs always comforted me to sleep,
Banished all the monsters from memories deep.

I’m happy that God kept me alive,
Gave me sisters so I could strive.

My beautiful sisters completed my life,
Always United in moments of strife.

I flourished in a Unique happy home full of laughter,
Where sadness was never ever sought after.

Being born a girl is not so bad,
I know I’m just as capable as any lad.

I’m skilled and educated and talented too,
These are not the dreams I had from you.

Bibi Prakash Kaur, my saviour mother,
Made be believe in myself like no other.

Thank you will never be enough to express how I feel,
To the wonderful woman who helped me heal.

Bibi Prakash Kaur my angel from heaven,
At your feet is my garden of Eden.

 

Sharan Ghuman – Trustee UK Friends Of Unique Home

News Update 2014

News Update 2014

 

It’s been a busy year for us! So busy in fact we have not managed to update this website as much as we would have liked! Please understand that all of us involved in UK Friends of Unique are volunteers and we carry out our duties as Trustees on top of busy work and family lives.

 

This year we have been involved in a few things.

 

Awareness for us and Unique Home is growing – we past the 10,000 likes on Facebook which is a HUGE milestone! Please do like our page if you haven’t already!

 

We carried out a successful social media campaign on the girls birthdays this year by asking our supporters to join in the celebrations by posting a photo of them with cake! We asked everyone to make a wish on behalf of the girls. Our co-founder Tom Harrigan MBE was guest of honour at the celebrations in India and thoroughly enjoyed himself!

 

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We have been involved in two ladies Giddha events – an afternoon of traditional Punjabi folk dancing for women. One event was in the South and the other in Birmingham. Both were well attended and raised circa £4,000.

 

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In addition to Tom’s visit, two of our other trustees visited Unique Home this year. Rupinder & Harinder visited in September. The new build is progressing very well. Bibi Ji and Trustee Satnam Singh send their heartfelt gratitude and well wishes to all supporters!

 

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Looking forward to 2015 we are actively involved in planning another Dinner & Dance in West Midlands. Saturday 24th January 2015 is the date, Regency Suite, Halgley Road, Birmingham is the venue. The theme is ‘Lohri For Her’ we will be celebrating our daughters and this festival in a very Punjabi way! All welcome!

There is also a Tartan & Turban Event in Glasgow in January 2015- we are one of the chosen charities!

 

Thank you for all your support this year!

 

Rupinder Kaur