Sardar Shamsher Singh, fondly called Veerji, is the founder of “Universal Disabled Care-Taker Social Welfare Society” also known as Prabh Aasra. Veerji learnt his first lesson towards humanity when one of his friends died early in childhood. Seeing death so closely he started to find his reasons of living. Being born and brought up in a sikh family his guiding force became the virtues taught by Siri Guru Granth sahib ji and the practical examples of the Guru’s lives.
Whenever veerji would come across someone deprived of care, shelter, food or treatment, he would hear his conscious call “your fellow being is dying! Help him, as though you would help your own family member”.
Moved by the pitiable condition of destitute, he along with his wife Bibi Rajinder Kaur started a home for helpless in a two rooms rented accommodation in Chandigarh. Slowly and gradually that first step has today grown into an institution with three campuses. The campus in Ganganagar (Rajasthan) is today managed by group of local social workers that Veerji trained for the cause.
In recognition to his service to humanity, Punjab State Legal Authority decided to train him as a Para legal Volunteer in November 2011. This made him aware about citizen’s legal rights and the responsibility of government.
A legal aid clinic is also setup by the district legal service authorities of Mohali at Prabh Aasra where lower income citizens get free advice from Veerji to fight for their rights. Once Veerji helped a lady in punishing her tormentor and getting financial aid from the government. Today she is leading a normal life with her new born child.
Shamsher Singh believes that many more such institutions are required for the betterment of our society. He firmly believes that religious bodies make a huge difference for this cause and they must come forward.
Veerji’s unwavering commitment to serve the deprived orphans, helpless, mentally and physically challenged and the abandoned citizens is commendable. This has helped nearly 920 of over 1341 destitute admitted at Prabh Aasra to recover and be reunited with their families under Mission Milaap, with others still under care and treatment.
Apart from special attention to the hygiene, nutrition and health of the inmates Veerji gives a lot of importance to the emotional needs of the inmates and gives them a family environment. Proper schooling is arranged for children living in Prabh Aasra in regular schools help make become self-dependent in life.The underprivileged children of the society outside Prabh Aasra are given free books, stationery & uniform etc.
Veerji ensures proper medical care of inmates for which allopathic, Ayurvedic , and homeopathic doctors regularly visit the center. Expert Government doctors are also invited on regular bases. In addition alternative medical treatment through naturopathy, reiki and acupressure is also provided to the patients.
He also fulfils his humanitarian duties by conducting medical camps to provide free medical aid in nearby villages. Shamsher Singh also provides a 24/7-ambulance service and body preserver for the benefit of nearby villagers and highway accident victims.
To fight female foeticide Veerji has put up a cradle at Prabh Aasra where unwanted infants are left anonymously. He along with his wife Administrator Rajinder Kaur personally takes the responsibility and care of “cradle kids” till legal procedures are fulfilled.
To help the poor who are unemployed, He conducts workshops where people are given vocational trainings like candle making, stitching embroidery etc. He also provides raw material and machinery to the needy.
Veerji is champion in tree plantations and encourages everyone to plant trees, and nurture them like children. Such activities are done in schools, colleges and other public places.
Working to create awareness regarding drug addiction his organization talks about heritage, ethics and values through theatre and street shows so that the thought process of the masses can be touched and changed.
Once Veerji arrived at a Majri village in the Shivalikfoot hillswhere villagers mentioned the problem of scarcity of water. A dam was constructed in this village in 1994 which had become non-functional in 2001 due to sedimentation of silt. Veerji tried getting help from the government but soon realized that help wont come easily. He enlisted volunteer support of Sikh missionary college chanaloan, school students, recovered inmates of Prabh Aasra and other social workers and cleared the silt from the dam in 15 days.
Sardar Shamsher Singh lives up to the title “Veerji” given to him by his loved ones. The list of his qualities and works is endless.
May God bless him with good health and a long life, so that many can learn the lesson of Humanity From this LIVING LEGEND.