Sahara partners and collaborates with local, state, national and community organizations to advocate for South Asians affected by domestic violence, and to raise awareness and create social change in the communities of South Florida. We have partnered with local main stream organizations in helping South Asian women access needed services. We have collaborated with local and national organizations including South Asian women’s Organizations in increasing awareness about domestic violence issues and our efforts in promoting gender equality and justice for a peaceful and violence-free community. We have listed these organizations in our section on Resources. Local community organizations and community members have supported Sahara by inviting and welcoming our participation in community events and actively supporting fund raising activities.
The following organizations have been instrumental in Sahara’s journey from a local grass roots organization to that of a vibrant non-profit organization, since its inception in 2004.
Asian American Advisory Board of Miami Dade County (AAAB):
Contact Information: 305-375-1570
Women’s Fund of Miami:
Women’s Fund of Miami is a non-profit organization which is committed to creating long term social change for women and girls, and, promotes gender, racial, economic and social justice. The Women’s Advocacy project of Women’s Fund, in partnership with AAAB, was a guiding force in the formation of Sahara and instrumental in developing the infra structure of Sahara through grant funding from 2005 to 2010. We genuinely appreciate the ongoing support, encouragement and networking opportunities provided by Women’s Fund.
Contact Information: 305-441-0506
Universal Heritage Institute (UHI) Medical Clinic:
The UHI clinic provides free primary health care services to the indigent population of South Florida. The Clinic operates under the Florida Department of Health’s Volunteer Health Care Provider Program whose mission is to promote access to quality health care for the medically underserved and uninsured residents of Florida through the commitment of volunteers. The UHI Medical Clinic is an autonomous division of the Universal Heritage Institute, Inc, a non-profit 501© (3) organization. Sahara has actively partnered with the UHI clinic in helping our clients access medical care and also providing educational workshops on issues pertaining to women’s health.
Contact Information: 305-620-7797
NUR Center was started in 2010 to provide free emergency housing to women in distress in the communities of South Florida with specific focus on meeting the cultural, religious as well as dietary needs of South Asian women affected by domestic violence. The mission of NUR Center is to help victims achieve economic empowerment and independence while restoring their dignity, confidence and self respect as functional individuals. Sahara works in close partnership with NUR Center in helping women and children gain access to emergency housing and foster their economic independence and empowerment.
For information, contact the Sahara help line 1-866-567-7635
SAALT and National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO)
Sahara is proud to be a partner in the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations coordinated by SAALT. The Coalition includes 34 South Asian community organizations from 12 regions of the United States. The Coalition represents individuals from diverse faith communities including Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains and Sikhs and focuses on key issues affecting South Asians including immigration, gender equality, and access to services.
Contact Information: 301-270-1855