Laal NYC

Laal NYC

Laal provides resources that Bengali womxn need to live healthy, engaged, and joyful lives. Founded by two Bangladeshi womxn -- one first generation and one newly immigrated-- from the Norwood neighborhood in the Bronx, Laal was created in direct response to the lack of resources and physical space dedicated to

Laal NYC

Laal provides resources that Bengali womxn need to live healthy, engaged, and joyful lives. Founded by two Bangladeshi womxn -- one first generation and one newly immigrated-- from the Norwood neighborhood in the Bronx, Laal was created in direct response to the lack of resources and physical space dedicated to Bangladeshi womxn in Norwood. It is a community organization that caters to the specific needs of Bengali womxn by working to find culturally nuanced solutions to barriers and striving to address the high levels of domestic violence, mental health illnesses and gender inequity in their community.

About the Organization:

Laal provides resources that Bengali womxn need to live healthy, engaged, and joyful lives. Founded by two Bangladeshi womxn -- one first generation and one newly immigrated-- from the Norwood neighborhood in the Bronx, Laal was created in direct response to the lack of resources and physical space dedicated to Bangladeshi womxn in Norwood. It is a community organization that caters to the specific needs of Bengali womxn by working to find culturally nuanced solutions to barriers and striving to address the high levels of domestic violence, mental health illnesses and gender inequity in their community.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

The Issue:

Laal was created in direct response to the lack of resources available to Bangladeshi-Americans in Norwood. Despite having a prominent immigrant Bangladeshi population, few community organizations and elected officials have been able to create effective programming or initiatives that address the community’s needs. The 2013 Asian American Federation Census Information Center identifies Bangladeshis amongst the poorest Asian immigrant groups in New York City. Laal's demographic survey of the community found that for an average family of 4, over 30% of respondents have self-reported a combined household income of between $20,000 and $30,000 while 72% of respondents reported they are not currently employed. Additionally, in our 2019 needs-based assessment, 78% of the women identified as being U.S. Citizens, but have never voted. In addition to these barriers, within their own community women are culturally isolated and suffer from domestic violence and mental illness.

The Solution:

Laal has adopted an approach that focuses on empowering women by endowing them with the resources they will need in order to overcome these barriers-- individually, then collectively. When you educate a woman, she will spread that knowledge onto others; it is the start of a cycle much larger than just ourselves. Laal’s programs, crafted carefully with attention to cultural nuance and aimed at sparking conversation that extends beyond just learning a language, instill self-confidence and empowerment for women who partake in these classes. ESL and Financial Fluency, when coupled with the community-impact, will elevate Bangladeshi women’s voices and equip them with the resources necessary to lead informed and joyful lives. Laal’s ESL, exercise, Financial Fluency, and Voter Engagement courses will empower these women with the skills they will need to make informed decisions for themselves, their children, their families, but beyond this-- their communities.

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