BHAGAT PURAN SINGH JI
Bhagat Puran Singh Ji (June 4, 1904 – August 5, 1992) lived a life devoted to serving others. While he was homeless, he begged for money not to nourish himself, but for those who were even less fortunate than he. Starting with nothing, Bhagat Puran Singh cared for Piara Singh, an abandoned child diagnosed with leprosy. Eventually, he was able to build the largest free health care institution in Northern India called Pingalwara (Home for the Handicapped and Abandoned).
We modeled our organization in honor of Bhagat Puran Singh’s devotion to humanity and selfless service. We hope to make a mark on the world by striving to live as he did by using our knowledge, volunteerism, and resources in the name of service.
The Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative, or BPSHI, began with a small group of passionate students in UC Davis and Sacramento State. They came together to organize a free health screening at their local gurudwara. Inspired by their efforts to provide selfless service, many other students created chapters in their undergraduate institutions and communities.
Today, BPSHI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with 12 chapters in California, one in Chicago, one in Philadelphia, and counting! Our volunteers across BPSHI work in partnership with their local communities to host free health screenings but also have led their own new initiatives. Together they are working to initiate important health conversations, provide relevant resources, and exchange in learning with their local community members.
TOGETHER ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITY BASED WELLNESS
TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES INVESTED IN IMPROVING HOLISTIC HEALTH
Our mission to empower communities through preventive care and educational measures relies on a universal standard of care and a culture of professionalism across all chapters, allowing us to engage respectfully and effectively with the communities we serve.
We strive to break barriers and stigmas in cultivating unique approaches to health issues in our community. Our priorities are innovation in volunteer development, resource development and clinical service development.
We are committed to developing human-centered solutions. We strive to design services that account for our communities’ unique systems of food, family, and economies.
We strive to provide service by recognizing the humanity in everyone. We recognize that our efforts to provide service to each other and our communities are constantly improving, driven by a commitment to listening first and fostering an equal exchange of knowledge.