SAIVA: South Asians International Volunteer Association

SAIVA: South Asians International Volunteer Association

SAIVA is a central Texas-based non-profit that promotes a sense of well-being, belonging and fulfillment for older adults and intergernations through community engagement, education, partnership building, and advocacy & civic involvement. SAIVA's vision is to combat social isolation and have meaningfully engaged, purposeful and dignified life with independence and choice.SAIVA

SAIVA: South Asians International Volunteer Association

SAIVA's vision is to combat social isolation and have meaningfully engaged, purposeful and dignified life with independence and choice.SAIVA shall have established and sustainable programs, as well as adequate resources that will support this vision in perpetuity. Through the promotion of inter-generational interaction, SAIVA wishes to create a sense of belonging with the establishment of a rooted identity between home (America) and heritage.SAIVA wishes to promote these values with dignity, freedom of choice, and treating everyone equally regardless of cultural background, gender, religion, age, nationality or personal beliefs. Dr. Asthana retired from her successful 33-year career as a physician in 1991 and moved to the US to be with her family. As a professional in demand, she was surrounded by a community needing her attention and services 24/7. In the US, her family went to work or studied, she supported the home and occupied herself in hobbies including gardening, reading, prescribing alternative therapy and music.As she grew older, her ability to reach out to others or do things independently diminished along with a sense of self and connections with others.As a vibrant, outgoing, strong person, given independent transport and ability to find opportunities to occupy her, she would be able to be a productive community member.She has been the inspiration behind SAIVA, along with the many seniors like her.

About the Organization:

SAIVA's vision is to combat social isolation and have meaningfully engaged, purposeful and dignified life with independence and choice.SAIVA shall have established and sustainable programs, as well as adequate resources that will support this vision in perpetuity. Through the promotion of inter-generational interaction, SAIVA wishes to create a sense of belonging with the establishment of a rooted identity between home (America) and heritage.SAIVA wishes to promote these values with dignity, freedom of choice, and treating everyone equally regardless of cultural background, gender, religion, age, nationality or personal beliefs. Dr. Asthana retired from her successful 33-year career as a physician in 1991 and moved to the US to be with her family. As a professional in demand, she was surrounded by a community needing her attention and services 24/7. In the US, her family went to work or studied, she supported the home and occupied herself in hobbies including gardening, reading, prescribing alternative therapy and music.As she grew older, her ability to reach out to others or do things independently diminished along with a sense of self and connections with others.As a vibrant, outgoing, strong person, given independent transport and ability to find opportunities to occupy her, she would be able to be a productive community member.She has been the inspiration behind SAIVA, along with the many seniors like her.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

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

Georgia

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

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

Georgia

The Issue:

At SAIVA, our organization seeks to address a range of challenges and issues that senior community and promote intergenerational relations. While seniors in general face unique needs and concerns, the South Asian population encounters additional barriers and cultural nuances that require specific attention and support and face high rates of different chronic dieases. Social isolation and loneliness is like smoking 16 packs of cigs/day: many older adults face language barriers, cultural differences, and limited social networks, which can result in feelings of isolation and a lack of social engagement. This can have detrimental effects on their mental and emotional well-being, leading to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and other health issues. By providing weekly activities and fostering a sense of community, we strive to combat social isolation and create a supportive and inclusive environment where seniors can connect with others who share similar backgrounds and experiences. This community encounters additional barriers and cultural nuances that require specific attention and support to Western culture, there is a risk of losing these important cultural ties. SAIVA aims to bridge this generational gap by facilitating intergenerational activities, where seniors can share their cultural heritage, language, and traditions with younger individuals. This helps foster a sense of pride, identity, and belonging among the younger generation, while also empowering seniors to pass on their rich cultural legacy. Furthermore, our organization is committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of South Asian seniors within the larger community. We collaborate with various organizations and stakeholders to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by this demographic, and work towards developing policies and services that cater to their specific needs. By engaging in advocacy and civic involvement, we strive to ensure that South Asian seniors are not overlooked or marginalized, but rather valued and supported in all aspects of their lives and not let the model minority myth effect the social and emotional needs that are currently lacking.

The Solution:

We want to take our solution Nationwide. We are getting requests about it now and know this has been working in Centeral Texsa. : Weekly Activities: seniors come together virtually (especially important for home bound seniors) and in person for socialization, community engagement, and learning. These activities include cultural events, group discussions, language classes, arts and crafts workshops, and recreational outings. The aim is to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for seniors to connect with others, share experiences, and participate in culturally enriching activities. Intergenerational Programs: We believe in the power of intergenerational connections and actively promote interactions between seniors and younger generations. Through intergenerational programs, we encourage the participation of children, teenagers, and young adults in our activities and events. This creates opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experiences between different age groups, fostering mutual understanding and building stronger bonds within the community. Health and Wellness Initiatives: We understand the importance of promoting physical and mental well-being among seniors. SAIVA offers various health and wellness programs tailored to the needs of South Asian seniors. These initiatives include exercise classes, yoga and meditation sessions, health screenings, educational workshops on healthy aging, and access to resources and information related to healthcare and aging. Cultural Preservation and Education: We are committed to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the South Asian community. These activities provide a platform for seniors to showcase their cultural talents and pass on their knowledge to younger generations, thereby ensuring the preservation and continuation of their cultural legacy. Advocacy and Civic Involvement: SAIVA actively engages in advocacy efforts to address the specific needs and concerns of South Asian seniors. We collaborate with community organizations, policymakers, and service providers to advocate for policies and services that support the well-being of South Asian seniors. Through our advocacy initiatives, we strive to raise awareness about the challenges faced by this demographic and work towards creating a more inclusive and age-friendly community. Community Building and Partnerships: exposing cross cultural relations is extremely important for us to support, learn, and engage with to expand our horizons

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