“Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu”, the message of universal brotherhood cannot be more clearly expressed than through these Sanskrit words. It needs a long vision and a lot of perseverance to see the world as one and the people of the world as brethren and wish them all good will. It is out of this Indian spirit that Indian Association Sharjah was born in 1979 with the set objectives of promoting Indo-Arab friendship, providing educational and socio-cultural facilities for the children of the Indians in the area, providing charity activities and help to those community members in distress. Like any other organization, Indian Association Sharjah also had a humble beginning. Every one viewed it with his own reservations and did not show much interest to be members in it. Sharjah Indian School was born in a small rented villa with very few students and staff to cater to the needs of the educational requirements of the children of the expatriate Community in the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman. Ras Al Khaima and Um Al Quwain.
The school was later shifted to the present campus kindly donated by His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah was very kind and compassionate towards the Indian Community in Sharjah always. It is the kindness of none else that Indian Association Sharjah has got the present Office Complex and the Community Hall Complex of the present day in a plot donated, from the old rented villa near Rolla, Sharjah.
Time did not wait for us either. But instead of floating with it we found patronage in the Embassy of India at Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of India Dubai to let us go more deep into the Indian Community by taking up their problems connected with renewal of passports, attestation services and the like. Slowly we became part and parcel of the Indian Community in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates. Whenever they need help our community members began to turn to us. We became integral part of the hope of the people when mishaps like deaths, loss of employment, deprivation etc. befell them.
The Amnesty declared by the Govt. of UAE is a point to mention. Hundreds of poor workers were served at Indian Association Sharjah in their effort to get Emergency Certificates and in Immigration Clearance etc. The Govt. of Sharjah, thanks to the magnanimity of the Great Ruler, has opened an immigration Clearance Centre at Indian Association Sharjah, where they have introduced facilities like Eye test, Finger printing etc.
In coordination with Consulate General of India, Dubai and under their guidance our coordinator visits jails and hospitals and offer help to many needy Indians, including free air tickets for the repatriation of the inmates. Many people in distress have been offered financial and other types of help by the Association.