Our Mission: To provide the support that empowers South Asian women to become self-reliant and live in an abuse free future.
ASHA for Women is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes. Created in 1989 by South Asians to circumvent many of the language, cultural, and social barriers that can stop many from seeking help, ASHA has helped hundreds of women and children move on to lead safer, happier lives.
The people we serve
ASHA serves women and children living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, with origins in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal , Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Our clients stem from various faiths including but not limited to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism.
ASHA is committed to helping individuals of any age, any relationship status (single, married, or divorced) and immigration status.
ASHA offers guidance for navigating the government and community services and resources available to victims of domestic violence. Each client is paired with an advocate with extensive knowledge about the financial, legal, and mental health needs of abuse victims. Guidance provided to clients enables them to make their own decisions and is offered in a sympathetic, nonjudgmental manner to ensure that choices are made without fear of criticism or shame.
Confidentiality and security of clients is crucial and determines how and where we interact. Whether in coffee shops, libraries, friend’s homes, or over the Internet or cell phone, ASHA volunteers meet with clients at their convenience, while upholding their privacy and safety.
ASHA is managed and run by a network of highly motivated volunteers, the majority of whom are from the South Asian community. It is governed by a 10-person board of directors, as well as an advisory board of former organization leaders, who advise ASHA on policies, programs and community initiatives. In addition, ASHA interacts and shares knowledge resources with other non-profits and social service agencies who share ASHA’s dedication to improving the abuse-free status of women everywhere.
ASHA for Women is wholly aided by grants and donations from state-run bodies, philanthropic organizations, private enterprises and individuals. From time to time ASHA organizes fund raisers to augment its resources.
Awards and recognition
- ASHA For Women is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant
- Honored by NBC and McDonalds during the annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month this year with an award and donation - a non-profit making a positive difference to the local community.
- Featured in 2012-13 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “one of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region”.
- Chosen by NBC as a featured charity in Dec 2013 for the12 Days of Giving campaign.