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Meet Davinder Singh and Harisimran Khalsa of Duwara Consciousness Foundation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Davinder Singh and Harisimran Khalsa.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Davinder and Harisimran. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The idea hit when Davinder moved to San Diego from England- the number of veterans and homeless on our streets, even children, mimics the statistics of many third world countries without the wealth and resources we have. In a society of winners and losers, some relief is needed to level the playing field and help those fallen out to restart their lives.

Together we made the commitment to put our personal interests aside, selling businesses and leaving corporate careers, to make this happen. It is a never-ending road for us; we have goals for expansion that easily last the next 10 years.

We started out serving locally in North County areas. There were some legal concerns over serving food without a health permit and without special event permitting, so we doubled-down on a food trailer to serve all of San Diego County, in a proper legal setting and without worry of being shut down by authorities.

Currently, we are working on our next step, which will be a shower trailer or shower bus. This will be a great undertaking for us – embodying six to ten showers and laundry facility for those in need. We will be visiting some to the same spots as our food trailer, but enabling proper hygiene in addition to nutrition.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not! The food trailer was a pivot from our original operation. Our longer-term goal is to buy a plot of land whereby we have transitional housing coupled with nutrition and lifestyle change. The food trailer and mobile shower facilities are steps to getting there, and ways for us to provide symptomatic relief whilst working towards the systemic relief we desire to provide.

There were major risks of starting the food trailer. At the time we made our first down payment, we did not yet have all the funds nor know where we were going to get them. We did not have a place to cook nor a safe place for overnight parking. We did not have any connections as to where we were to serve. We also put our own money in and took personal financial risks as well, in addition to the time involved.

Right now we are doing something similar with the shower bus. We will be putting the first payment down in the next 30 days, and are actively working to secure all other logistics of the operation.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
We are very proud to be the first 100% donation-based mobile food facility to hit the streets of San Diego. On top of that, we are to date 100% volunteer-based with no salaries or wages. We are even more proud to serve delicious nutritious vegetarian food, embodying health and compassion in all we do. “It’s the bomb!” is a common feedback we hear from our guests!

Our volunteers are wonderful – we enjoy meeting new people every time we go out and we have a laugh with them and our guests. Serving is a very joyous occasion for us, complete with music and tasty food.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Our good luck was created with a lot of effort and dedication to the cause. What might seem to be lucky breakthroughs are events that occur after much sacrifice – utilizing our personal connections, brainstorming, and engaging all those who come across our path. Sometimes it feels like you are hitting your head against a wall, and every now and again you find what you were looking for in the most unexpected place!

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