Source: SikhNet News/The Fresno Bee
On January 19, 2006 The Fresno Bee reported, "A group of Sikh youths in the San Joaquin Valley plans to return to Mississippi in the spring to remove more debris and work on more homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A total of 17 Sikhs, most of them from the Valley, arrived home Dec. 25 after spending about a week in Biloxi, Miss., where they slept in tents at night and helped tear down houses during the day... [26-year-old Deep Singh of Fresno] and others made the trip as part of a new program among Sikhs called Jakara Korps, a project associated with an annual cultural youth conference in Fresno. The program is designed to help Sikh youths serve their country and educate other communities about Sikhs... Singh, a graduate student at the University of California at Los Angeles, said they worked on four houses from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They completed four homes in four days during their stay in Biloxi from Dec. 19 to Dec. 24."