Indian community wins biggest charity recognition in UK



A charity group in the UK (UK) led by the Indian community has had great success receiving the prestigious “Queen’s Award for Volunteer Service”. Known as “DREAMSAI”, it is run by a man named Laxman Kastala and is based in a town called Milton Keynes. The certificate signed by the Queen was presented to Kastala at an event hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Countess Howe, on Saturday October 16.

Reach those who need it

The group ‘DREAMSAI’ was formed by the Indian community of Milton Keynes in 2017, with the aim of putting into practice all the teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba. The non-profit organization launched an initiative called “Food For Sai” in 2018 to provide food to those who are homeless and find themselves in a vulnerable environment. Every Saturday, homemade meals are served. To date, the group has distributed 6,000 meals across the city.

Quoted by The time of Indiasaid Kastala: “As an inclusive group, the charity has very quickly developed positive partnerships with many other national and local organizations to collaborate and provide joint services to broaden reach and impact while minimizing duplicates. “

Their work during COVID-19 caught everyone’s attention. More than 6,500 food packages have been distributed to communities that were severely affected during the pandemic. “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they immediately created new effective projects to reach and support those in need, all of which were carried out solely by volunteers,” Countess Howe said when she s is addressed to the event.

Their notable efforts also include organizing blood drives within the local Indian community.

About the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Her Majesty The Queen proposed this award in 2002, to commemorate 50 years of her accession to the throne in 1952. As the name suggests, it is awarded to organizations that do their utmost to work for those in need. ‘to improve. their quality of life as well as providing them with the necessary opportunities they need to move forward in life.

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