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  • 1. 2012 - A Year of Pause, Renewal and Inspiring RevivalDear Narika Community,It is my pleasure to invite you to peruse Narika’s annual report.This has been a particularly significant year both for me as well as for NARIKA. The year began withsevere fiscal challenges and significant turnover of both the staff and Board members. Yet the year hasended positively with hope, optimism, and promise.I took over as Executive Director in September of 2012, and every day that I am here, I am both humbledand honored to be part of the work we do. NARIKA has 20 years of uninterrupted and dedicated serviceto survivors of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Increasingly we also provide services totrafficking survivors. As the South Asian immigrant population has expanded significantly in the past fewyears, unfortunately, so has the need for domestic violence services, both intervention and prevention.The NARIKA Help Line is now staffed adequately, and we are looking ahead to a year of financial growthand stability. We will soon be relaunching our signature South Asian Economic Empowerment andDevelopment (SEED) Program and resume our full-fledged outreach efforts. The Board has beenstrengthened with the addition of four new directors, even though midway through the year the Presidentof the Board Priya Kasturi stepped down for personal reasons.We continue to rely on your support to sustain our services. Men, women and young adults from all walksof life are required to rise up to the occasion to overcome this societal problem. Please donate generouslyand be assured that each dollar donated is spent judiciously in the cause of services to the domesticviolence and trafficking survivors. Every day, I see the results of the work we do - and the courage andoptimism and hope we bring to survivors’ lives.As the year ended on hope and possibilities, we at Narika are excited more than ever before. With avolunteer orientation in January, a staff board retreat in February, plans to kickstart the acclaimed SEEDprogram in the Spring and an annual Narika fundraiser planned for Mothers Day in May 2013, we aredelighted to say we have hit the ground running, and are flying high with colors. For those of you whohave walked and flown beside us, your unflinching support, your faith in Narikas mission and vision, ishelping us continue our critical work.
  • 2. We thank you all – donors, volunteers, supporters and staff – wholeheartedly for your continued supportand encouragement. We invite you to please read the 2012 Annual Report that details the activities in thepast year and our financial situation. We urge you to continue to be involved with our programs andactivities. Preeti Shekar Executive Director
  • 3. 3About NARIKANARIKA was founded in 1992, by a group of young enlightened immigrant women, who identified theneed for domestic violence services. Behind the veil of cultural identify, patriarchal values and barriersof language, South Asian women who experienced abuse could not make use of mainstream domesticviolence intervention services. It is at this critical juncture, even as the flood of immigrant familiesfrom South Asian countries began in large numbers, that NARIKA opened its door for providing muchneeded service, making use of informal familial model of service to women treating them as sistersrather than clients to help them in languages they understood. NARIKA’s mission is to promote thewomen’s empowerment, by catering to the needs of South Asian domestic violence survivors throughadvocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive model as well as teachingthem English language, financial literacy and computer skills so that they become self sufficient andemployable.NARIKA ProgramsOur core program areas are the Helpline, the Survivor Economic Empowerment and Development(SEED) program, Community Education and Engagement and Services to trafficking survivors throughpartnership with other agencies.The toll free confidential Helpline remains the mainstay of our services. Our staff and volunteers whoare trained serve clients in various South Asian languages – Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu,Punjabi, Bangla, to name a few.The SEED program is an integral component of Narikas violence prevention and advocacy work in thecommunity. The 12-week training program fosters womens economic independence through leadershipdevelopment and building key skills for personal and professional growth. These include English asSecond Language (ESL) training, financial literacy and management, health awareness, basic computerand career development skills. Since its inception in 2002, over 200 women have been trained throughthis highly popular and unique program. SEED will be re-launched in 2013 to provide uniqueopportunities to South Asian women to develop skills that would enable them to move forward on asustained path of self sufficiency.Community education through outreach on issues of domestic violence, and its intersections withimmigration, human rights and socio-cultural and economic aspects remain a vital aspect of Narikascore goals. NARIKA outreach efforts extend to providing information and training to key allies such asthe police departments, legal agencies as well as health insurance providers as well as faith-basedinstitutions in the bay area such as temples, mosques and gurudwaras.Narika continues to be a key partner of the Asian Anti Trafficking Collaborative (AATC), together with
  • 4. Narika continues to be a key partner of the Asian Anti Trafficking Collaborative (AATC), together withthe Asian Womens Shelter (AWS) and the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), to providecritical services to survivors of human trafficking in the Asian, Pacific Islander and South Asiancommunities. As part of the AATC, Narika works to provide a range of culturally appropriate andcomprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking; and enables and empowers traffickedpersons to transition from a victim to survivor of violence, in a safe and nurturing environment.Community Service – 21 years and onwardThis year we were able to staff our helpline fully and have strengthened our pool of dedicated Helplinevolunteers. In the coming year we will step up our outreach to new and diverse South Asiancommunities to fit their patterns of migration and immigration to the bay area. In 2012, weresponded to over 1,200 calls to our helpline, and we served over 150 clients. Our survivor-centered approach firmly prioritizes empowering women who are struggling to end abusive or violentrelationships. Our services included providing the critically needed information to gain access andreferrals to shelters, medical care, mental health and social services, low-cost housing, pro bono or lowcost legal services related to immigration, divorce, child custody, securing restraining orders etc.Community OutreachThis year we expanded the avenues to spread the word about Narika. Our staff and volunteersrepresented NARIKA at the Basant Kite Festival organized by the Indian Community Center and thePakistani Cultural Center in Sunnyvale and various South Asian music concerts. We co-presented a filmon gender and womens changing status in a post-globalized India at the Third-I South Asian FilmFestival. We also organized a series of outreach events with several South Asian businesses inBerkeley, especially on raising awareness on trafficking.Yoni Ki Baat – Vagina Monologues, South Asian style!In March, womens history month, the South Asian Sisters, a collective of progressive South Asianwomen in the bay area, organized yet another production of Yoni Ki Baat. This annual fundraiser forNarika engages with the audience to emphasize Narikas work on issues related to gender and sexualityin South Asian communities. These one-act pieces are written by various South Asian American andimmigrant women, and focus on a range of themes impacting South Asian womens sexuality.Honors and a Benefit for NarikaIn May, the Asian Womens Shelter honored Narika for our community service at their annual Gala
  • 5. 5Honors and a Benefit for NarikaIn May, the Asian Womens Shelter honored Narika for our community service at their annual Galaattended by hundreds of community members, supporters and domestic violence advocates. In June,India Currents magazine celebrated their 25th anniversary which also helped raise funds for Narika.Celebrating our VolunteersEvery organization relies heavily on the support and commitment of reliable volunteers and we are noexception. We have a dedicated team of volunteers that support us in delivering the needed services aswell as in outreach efforts. In June the Board President Priya Kasturi hosted a party at her residence tocelebrate the support of the volunteers.Sevathon: Walk for Womens Rights!In August, Narika participated in the Milpitas-based India Community Centers (ICC)s annual Sevathon– a run or walk benefiting several community based organizations in the bay area and attended byseveral hundred volunteers who walk or run 5K, 10K or a half-marathon benefiting a non-profit of theirchoice. This year Sevathon turned out to be a double gift for Narika – we had 42 volunteers andsupporters run for us and we also won the coveted Sevathon award – a cash prize of $5,000. This highprofile event helped raise visibility about NARIKA work.Advocacy – Prevention is Better than Cure!Advocacy is at the heart of Narikas work. Our twin priorities are to be of service, and to raiseawareness and engage our communities to end domestic violence and abuse and address the rootcauses of violence and discrimination. A life free of violence is our dream and vision for every womanand her family, and we strongly believe that information is power.
  • 6. Sex Selection and Son Preference in South Asian CommunitiesAs a follow up to the sex selection workshop that Narika had organized in 2011, we completed amanual on sex selection that we collaborated with Generations Ahead, a partner agency researchingthe practice of son preference and sex-selective abortion in diverse communities. In November, PreetiShekar, our new executive director, participated in a convening of South Asian Womens Organizations(SAWO), which addressed the pervasive son-preference in our communities and the need to challengeand end regressive traditional perceptions and attitudes that perpetrate gender discrimination. Wecame up with a joint plan to organize community events, discussions and such other activities to havean ongoing community dialogue on these issues. Narika is a part of this collaboration, along with Maitri,Sakhi, Manavi, Raksha, API Chaya and the National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum (NAPAWF).Holiday PartyIn December, Narika hosted a holiday party for our clients. The party was a wonderful celebration ofour client-survivors resilience. Historically, Narika has always organized such festive events for ourclients – as a way to celebrate and honor their resilience and to enable them to not feel alone orisolated. We were able to continue this time-honored Narika tradition with food, gifts and games for theclients and their children.Vigil in Solidarity with Gang-Raped Woman and A Call to End Sexual ViolenceNarika organized a candle-light vigil on Dec 28th 2012 in front of the Indian Consulate in San Franciscoin memory of the young woman in India who was brutally gang raped on Dec 16 th 2012. This incidentsparked a mass public uprising in India and attracted global media attention to violence againstwomen. The vigil that Narika co-organized withTrikone, Asian Womens Shelter and theAlliance for South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)was well attended and NARIKA submitted apetition to the Consul General of Government ofIndia to urge the Indian Government to takeimmediate necessary steps to provide safetyand security in public space for women not onlyin New Delhi but also elsewhere in India. As afollow up to this vigil, Narika partnered with theGlobal Fund for Women in sending a petition tothe UN urging transnational efforts andresources to be directed in championing safer public spaces for women in India.
  • 7. 7Making a Splash: Narika in the News!The year 2012 ended with a big media splash for Narika. We were in the news – not just local butnational, and even international! In the aftermath of the vigil, there was a lot of local media interestand coverage about the alarming trend of sexual violence in India. We also had a lot of national mediainterest including coverage of our work and perspectives by the local evening news, the Wall StreetJournal, the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and radio stations including KPFA 94.1 FMand KQEDs Public Radio International show. Since this event, Narika has participated in severalinteractive panel discussions on the pervasive persistence of violence against women across the globein general and the need for addressing socio cultural aspects that hinder South Asian women’s safetyand rights in particular. NARIKA will continue to participate in public discourse and engage the mediaon this issue for enhancing public awareness about domestic violence, especially in the South Asiancommunities.
  • 8. 2011-12 NARIKA Financial Position As of June 30, 2012 AssetsAs of June 30, Cash in $140,4482012 Bank Accounts $34,416 Receivables Prepaid $440 expenses Other $2,914 Assets Total $178,218 AssetsLiabilitiesCurrent Liabilities $3,864Fund Balance $174,354Total Liabilities $178,218 Team Narika Staff Dimple George Roopa Mohan Harmanjit Sandhu Preeti Shekar Michelle Baird Shrimalie Perera Board
  • 9. BoardVandana Kumar, Publisher, India Currents MagazineDr. Gayathri Sundar, Senior Planning Analyst for San Francisco Human Services AgencyAlka Ramchandani, Labor Law and Employment Associate, Epstein, Becker & GreenVasuki Narayan, Director of Software Delivery, RiverMeadow SoftwareDr. Kulsum Akbar, Fellow Physician in Anesthesiology, Stanford HospitalAnupma Sud, Software Consultant, Marvell SemiconductorsOur PartnersAfghan Womens CoalitionAsian American Partners in Philanthropy (AAPIP)Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS)Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)Asian Pacific Islander Institute for Domestic Violence (APIIDV)California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV)India Community CenterSafe Alternatives To Violent Environments (SAVE)South Asian SistersThird I Film FestivalUniversity of California, BerkeleySouth Asian Bar AssociationSouth Asian Giving CircleSouth Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)The Hume CenterShimtuh – Korean Community Center for the East BayAlliance for South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)Trikone Bay Area
  • 10. Shimtuh – Korean Community Center for the East BayAlliance for South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)Trikone Bay AreaConnect with us:PO Box: 14014Berkeley CA 94712Email: narika@narika.orgHelpline: 1-800-215-7308Donate/Support: by phone: 510-444-6048Online: www.narika.orgMake checks payable to: Narika, PO Box 14014, Berkeley CA 94712Join our community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Narika/77731994473?ref=hl