SAHARA, meaning “support” in Hindi, is a non-profit community service agency
that was founded in 1991seven professionals: five licensed clinical social workers and two physicians.
In August 2003, SAHARA established one of the first transitional homes in Southern California for South Asian survivors of domestic violence. The SAWIN (South Asian Women In Need) home is considered to be SAHARA’s crowning achievement. SAHARA’s staff and volunteers are trained in four major South Asian languages as well as multiple dialects to help South Asians. The geographic area SAHARA serves consists of more than 200,000 South Asian residents, covering a vast area of Southern California counties.
SAHARA’s goal is to provide, but is not limited to, the following culturally sensitive services to domestic violence survivors of South Asian origin:
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
SAHARA’s toll free 24-hour helpline is supervised by trained volunteers and staff. The California statewide toll free helpline number is 1-888-SAHARA2 or 1-888-724-2722.
There has been a lot of appreciation and support to SAHARA by several South Asian communities residing in Southern California. The Telugu community in the area is much pleased for the SAHARA services and applauds the dedication of every single volunteer of the organization.
SAHARA has nominated Ravi Koneru, a local Telugu community leader and social worker as one of the major resources to extend the activities and support of the Organization. Mr. Koneru has been invited by Rekha Bajaria, the President of SAHARA to serve the organization and admired the voluntary contribution of Mr. Koneru in various community activities in this region. With his dedication and wide range of contacts, Mr. Koneru will be the best fit for SAHARA, Mrs. Rekha added.