Dear Friends of Narika,  It is an exciting and challenging time for Narika as we continue to expand our volunteer ...
ABOUT NARIKA Narika was founded in 1992 to address the problem of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Em...
Narika’s Violence Prevention Framework Community Outreach and SEED – Sou...
Narika’s 2009-10 Financial Summary (As of June 30, 2010) Revenue by ...
Our Team at Narika BOARD OF DIRECTORS Manju Seal, President Neerja Bhutani, T...
Narika Helpline: 1.800.215.7308 Donate or Support: 510.444.6068 Post Office Box 14014 Berkeley, California 94712 • E...
Narika Annual Report - 2010
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Narika Annual Report - 2010

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  • 1.   Dear Friends of Narika,  It is an exciting and challenging time for Narika as we continue to expand our volunteer base and develop  innovative programs. The demand for our services continues to increase exponentially. We work tirelessly  to  meet  this  demand,  while  striving  to  raise  awareness  about  the  plight  of  many  women  in  our  communities.  Narika’s  mission  is  to  break  the  barriers  surrounding  domestic  violence,  especially  in  the  South  Asian  communities  located  in  the  greater  San  Francisco  Bay  Area.  As  the  leading  non‐profit  in  our  area  of  outreach services and scope of assistance offerings, we are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of  women each year with a small, but efficient, staff and our dedicated volunteer base.   From  just  a  Helpline  staffed  by  a  few  volunteers  sitting  in  a  basement,  Narika  has  blossomed  into  a  full‐ fledged network of proven, established and welcoming programs geared towards helping women and their  children living amidst domestic violence.  More  than  20,000  women  in  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Area  are  victims  of  domestic  violence  each  year.  Physical  injuries.  Verbal  abuse.  Sexual  assault.  Loss  of  life.  Domestic  violence  transcends  and  affects  all  socio‐economic levels, education and generations. It affects many lives. One out of every three women in the  world  has  experienced  violence  in  an  intimate  relationship  at  some  point  in  her  life.  Studies  suggest  that  around the world between 3.3 and 10 million children witness some form of domestic abuse annually. These  are  staggering  statistics.  We  must  work  together—women,  men,  in‐laws,  siblings,  friends  and  respected  leaders—to make a difference. Join Narika as we strive to keep our communities healthy and strong, now  and for future generations.  We  need  you  in  order  to  continue  and  expand  our  service  offerings.  A  third  of  Narika’s  annual  budget  comes  from  individual  contributions.  Narikaʹs  operating  and  administrative  costs  are  covered  by  grants,  and individual contributions go directly towards supporting programs and services. You can rest assured,  when you give to Narika, you’re giving to the people who need the help.  For those of you familiar with us, thank you for standing by the Narika family. If you’re just learning about  Narika—welcome!  As  Narika’s  interim  executive  director,  I  present  this  report  to  you  on  behalf  of  our  dedicated staff, caring volunteers, generous donors, and numerous survivors. This is an open invitation to  share  in  our  accomplishments,  learn  about  our  outreach  programs  and  services,  hear  from  our  participants, and assist us in our future endeavors.  Thank you,  Sutapa Balaji  Interim Executive Director 2 Annual Report 2010-Narika
  • 2. ABOUT NARIKA Narika was founded in 1992 to address the problem of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Embracing the notion of womens empowerment, Narika set out to address the unmet needs of abused South Asian women by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive model. We serve women who trace their origins to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and diasporic communities such as Fiji and the Caribbean. NARIKA’S MISSION Narikas mission is to promote the empowerment of women in our community to confront and overcome the cycles of domestic violence OUR WORK and exploitation. We work to build a movement to end violence against women and to support womens rights as human rights. Narika has evolved from a basic “Narika’s commitment to our community grounds me in the rest of my life. Helpline staffed by a few volunteers As clients and volunteers, we all share a common desire to build a peaceful to a collaborative, community- life for ourselves and those whom we love. Every time I witness the focused, educational organization. The dedicated staff and many strength and laughter of the women who have survived such incredible volunteers help women navigate a hardships, I am reminded that my own strengths and laughter have yet to myriad of abusive situations, offering be fully tapped.” classes; financial support; legal -Shanta, a six year veteran of Narika’s volunteer program immigration and housing referrals; and sensitive human interaction. NARIKA MAKES AN IMPACT Calls to Narika’s core service–the toll-free Geographic Distribution of Calls Helpline–continue to grow. Women call Narika for help, information, referrals, and sometimes just to talk and unburden themselves to another woman who speaks their language and understands their culture. In the last year, Narika received 1,250 calls and served 325 clients. Total number of calls received: 1,250 Total number of clients served: 325   3 Annual Report 2010-Narika
  • 3. Narika’s Violence Prevention Framework Community Outreach and SEED – South Asian Economic Education Empowerment and Development An important part of Narika’s mission is to prevent The SEED program is designed to foster women’s domestic violence by providing community economic independence through the development of members with education and resources to lead leadership skills and the encouragement of personal violence-free lives. and professional growth. It seeks to present women in potentially abusive situations with the opportunity to become economically independent so that they may live and raise their children in an atmosphere free of violence and abuse. Classroom based trainings in ESL, computers, financial literacy, resume writing and job search are offered three times a year in Fremont, San Francisco and San Pablo. Since the inception of the program in 2002, 160 women have completed the program. Narika provides women the tools to succeed and helps them, as appropriate, remove themselves from abusive environments. Narika is working through women to promote happy, healthy families. Ending family violence ultimately helps children foster strong cultural ties and stay affiliated with their communities. This was my life… I was not allowed to talk to my friends or go out of the house alone. Anytime I disagreed with my husband, he would get angry, yell, and call me names. So, I stopped disagreeing altogether. One day, he tried to strangle me while I was still holding my infant daughter in my arms. When I tried to call the police, he went to the kitchen, picked up a knife and threatened, “I’ll cut you up into pieces and then kill myself. What will the police do then?” I confided in a colleague, who gave me Narika’s number. The Narika advocate listened to me and helped me realize this was not a normal situation. They helped me move into a shelter and, although it was hard sharing a living space with strangers, a Narika volunteer was there for me whenever I wanted to speak to someone during this difficult time. I don’t want my daughter to grow up thinking what her father did to me was acceptable. I want her to believe in her own self worth and never accept such abuse in her own life. It takes guts to accept you are in a domestic violence situation. I finally realized I had to leave – not only for myself, but also for my daughter.4 Annual Report 2010-Narika
  • 4. Narika’s 2009-10 Financial Summary (As of June 30, 2010) Revenue by Category ASSETS  Current  Bank Accounts  $15,892  Assets  Accounts Receivable  $59,577  Prepaid Expenses  $48  Total Current Assets  $75,517  Fixed  Book Value  $350  Assets  Other  Deposits  $2,664  Assets  Total Assets                $78,531  LIABILITIES & FUND BALANCES  Current  Accounts Payable  $18,660  Liabilities    Fund Balance  $59,871  Total Liabilities and Fund Balance               $78,531  Online: It’s fast and easy to donate online. Visit www.narika.org Go to Support – Donate and use your credit card via secure link Or, download the online donation form and fax/email it per the instructions Send a Check: Make the check payable to Narika at P.O. Box 14014, Berkeley, CA 94712 Donate Stocks Donate Your Old Car5 Annual Report 2010-Narika
  • 5. Our Team at Narika BOARD OF DIRECTORS Manju Seal, President Neerja Bhutani, Treasurer Megha Sahgal, Secretary Rom Srinivasan Devika Patil STAFF Sutapa Balaji Roopa Mohan Shrimalie Perera Dimple George Community Collaborative Partners Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Asian Women’s Shelter Shimtuh-Korean Community Center of the East Bay Asian Pacific Islander Institute of Domestic Violence California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Maitri SEMAH NISA SAVE The Hume Center India Community Center Pakistani Amercian Community Center Fremont Resource Center City of Fremont Contra Costa Community College6 Annual Report 2010-Narika
  • 6. Narika Helpline: 1.800.215.7308 Donate or Support: 510.444.6068 Post Office Box 14014 Berkeley, California 94712 • Email: narika@narika.org • www.narika.org © 2010 Narika7 Annual Report 2010-Narika

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