Ma Ke Alo o

Ma Ke Alo o

Parivar Bay Area is America’s only Transgender-led and Transgender-centering organization led by Global South Asian Transgender individuals with the intent of cultivating a community of light, love, and acceptance. We strive to serve as an organization for Transgender economic justice, Health care equity, Intersectional unity, social inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ Immigration

Ma Ke Alo o

Parivar Bay Area is America’s only Transgender-led and Transgender-centering organization led by Global South Asian Transgender individuals with the intent of cultivating a community of light, love, and acceptance. We strive to serve as an organization for Transgender economic justice, Health care equity, Intersectional unity, social inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ Immigration Equity centering the Global South Trans Immigrants and Asylees and uplifting the culturally diverse Hijrah, Kinnar, Thirunangai, Khwaja Sira and all Transgender identities of the South Asian Diaspora.

About the Organization:

Parivar Bay Area is America’s only Transgender-led and Transgender-centering organization led by Global South Asian Transgender individuals with the intent of cultivating a community of light, love, and acceptance. We strive to serve as an organization for Transgender economic justice, Health care equity, Intersectional unity, social inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ Immigration Equity centering the Global South Trans Immigrants and Asylees and uplifting the culturally diverse Hijrah, Kinnar, Thirunangai, Khwaja Sira and all Transgender identities of the South Asian Diaspora.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

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

National

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

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

National

The Issue:

While in our fifth year of operation we are planning on multiplying to nine different Missional Communities, our biggest need is that, when a community does the hard work of actually identifying issues in our own local neighborhoods, we also become aware of the scale required to meet these pressing needs. The most pressing needs today come from two of our Missional Communities: "Our Kahuhipa" and "Kaka`ako Kupuna". Our Kahuhipa serves the communal needs of a former Japanese-agricultural and fishing neighborhood in Kaneohe, Oahu, made up of roughly 40% Asian, 10% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 30% Mixed Asian race, where roughly 10% of the island's houseless population reside, and where 1 in 5 people experiencing homelessness are over the age of 60. Our Kahuhipa has identified a houseless community made up of 50 families residing in their local neighborhood who are in need of basic necessities and assistance to be connected to employment and housing opportunities. They have also identified 1000 families with children in grades K-8th who attend school without the means for proper school supplies every year. Kaka`ako Kupuna serves the communal needs of the low-income "kupuna" (elderly) population in Honolulu, Oahu (made up of nearly 60% Asian, 10% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 7% Mixed Asian race) living in 3 low-income senior residential facilities, totaling 500. In Hawaii, nearly 50% of the senior population is in the low-income threshold and most of the residents in these facilities are without employment and family assistance. The pandemic expedited the exposure of further gaps in meeting the basic needs of this vulnerable population as food and health access were limited, as well as the ever-increasing mental and emotional turmoil with rising depression rate in seniors (Hawaii is ranked #1 in depression in seniors in the nation).

The Solution:

In identifying the local needs in their Kaneohe neighborhood, Our Kahuhipa (OK) currently runs 2 unique programs for their neighbors. 1. "Got Yo Back(packs)!" is an annual drive-through event at He`eia Elementary School where low-income families of children grades K-8th can pick up a brand new backpack full of all the necessary school supplies for the year! In its first year, in partnership with local businesses (including Target and Fisher Hawaii) and in-kind donations, OK provided supplies to 500 students, with an appreciation of 250 each year, and a goal of hitting 100% of the incoming student from a low-income family this year, totaling 1000 backpacks. The goal is to further assess basic needs of each of these identified families by partnering with the local elementary and intermediate schools throughout the school year. 2. "Lotta Love" is a quarterly "shopping experience" event at Kaneohe District Park where houseless family members (totaling 50 identified families) enjoy the dignity of choice - access to brand new or lightly used clothes, shoes and apparels, where most of the pieces are used for upcoming interviews for employment or housing opportunities (in partnership with local businesses and in-kind donations, including Macys and Grace in Growlers). The goal is to connect each of the 50 families to improved social and county services, including acquiring a building for a half-way house program with in-house counseling and addiction services. In identifying the local needs in their Honolulu neighborhood, Kaka`ako Kupuna (KK) current runs 2 unique programs for their neighbors. 1.) "Food for 500" is a monthly food delivery service to 3 low-income senior-living facilities where each resident, totaling 500 seniors, receive 1 month's worth of groceries and hygiene needs (started in April 2020 in partnership with Food Bank Hawaii, Costco, and Alexander & Baldwin). It has continued throughout the pandemic. 2.) "Bingo Night" is a weekly dinner experience provided currently at 1 residential facility to assist in the biggest need today - senior mental health. The goal is to extend out to all 3 buildings and then to connect residents to mental health providers.

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