ਇੱਕ ਜਾਣਿਆ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ | A Familiar Struggle

Harbhajan lost his long battle with alcohol use disorder in 2015. As a family, we encountered many challenges in our efforts to find help and those experiences are not uncommon. Despite the prevalence of addiction and alcohol use disorder within the Punjabi community, mental illness and addiction remain stigmatized, leaving those seeking help feeling isolated and disconnected from their community.  

Addiction is a chronic illness requiring lifelong solutions and care integrated into all facets of a person’s life. Existing addictions supports can often fall short by not being culturally relevant.  That’s why we started the Harbhajan Ranauta Legacy Foundation, to be honest about our family’s experiences and to support the next generation of service providers who can intuitively give back to the community.

We award annual scholarships to post-secondary graduate students working to expand culturally relevant and community-specific mental health and addictions support services for the South Asian community. This scholarship works to honour both Harbhajan’s passion for education and the struggles he faced. With your help, we can foster the development of a future in which we can speak openly about addiction and increased accessible support and services are readily available.

ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਮਦਦ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ | How You Can Help

ਦਾਨ ਕਰੋ | Donate

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ਦੂਜਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਦੱਸੋ | Spread the Word

Let’s strengthen our community. Help us and others working to expand mental health and addiction services to be more accessible and share existing resources and your own initiatives with us so we can amplify them. Help share our calls for donations with your networks.

The Harbhajan Ranauta Legacy Foundation was formed on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples which includes the sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, Stz’uminus, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). We aim to reassert the kinship and respect expressed through ਤਾਇਕੇ (Taike), the Punjabi word meaning ‘our elder cousins,’ as it was used by early South Asian migrants to refer to the Coast Salish peoples.