One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is its effect on the wealth gap in the United States. It has simultaneously caused enormous pain for lower-income families, while ensuring that the net worth of the country’s wealthiest families to skyrocket. As many companies have fought extensions on paying their frontline employees hazard or ‘essential’ pay, their shareholders have grown increasingly wealthy, adding tens of billions of dollars (at least) to their collective net worth over the last year.
Even if you’re not extraordinarily wealthy, there’s never been a better time to reflect on the ways that you can help others. Today, we’ll profile some of the most influential South Asian organizations in the United States that could benefit from your donations this year.
Sakhi for South Asian Women
The mandate of Sakhi for South Asian Women is to “represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence.” Their goal is to provide sanctuary for women and children who are in immediate danger of family or gender-based violence, while working to dismantle the system that perpetuates these crimes.
They operate a helpline, transitional housing, and other workshops and training programs that aim to remove women from violent situations and set them up with the means to be financial and legally independent.
You can donate to the group here.
We learned about Chhaya Community Development Corporation (CDC) in-depth during our recent interview with the program’s executive director, Annetta Seecharran. Chhaya is based in New York, and was founded to address the housing and economic needs of lower-income New Yorkers of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean descent. By providing direct aid like affordable housing, tax preparation, and immigration and legal services, they work to ensure that this vulnerable population can thrive.
Their work has been of even greater importance during the pandemic, as they’ve continued to offer direct support and advocacy remotely. Your donation will help them continue to offer free services in the areas of “housing counseling and home ownership, asset building and financial empowerment, policy and advocacy, and community organizing.”
South Asian Public Health Association
The easiest place for individuals of South Asian descent to get specific information on COVID-19 is from the South Asian Public Health Association. Given that their goal is to promote the health and well-being of South Asian communities within the United States, COVID-19 has been a major challenge that they’ve not only met, but exceeded.
They have dedicated considerable resources to collecting studies and research on COVID-19’s specific impact on South Asian Americans, and made it available in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, and many more languages.
To keep their work going, you can donate here.
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Through their advocacy and direct support programs, South Asian Americans Leading Together seeks to fight for racial justice and civil rights for all individuals with South Asian heritage living in the United States.
In addition to programs focused on legal aid, community building, and leadership, they also have a rapid response network that can help provide an interpreter or legal counsel in an emergency involving immigration or legal issues. This network, which was formed in partnership with the Justice for Muslims Collective, is made up of about 800 people who help their neighbors in their times of need.
To keep their programs running smoothly, you can donate here.
Remember, you don’t need to have billions or even millions of dollars to donate to these organizations. Even $50 or $100 can have a real impact on the lives of South Asians facing housing insecurity, racial injustice, or who are ill from COVID-19.