Kiran is a multicultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. We promote the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men in North Carolina who are in situations of domestic violence. AllDesiNews recently spoke to a few of the board members of Kiran.
Please tell us about the history of Kiran and the kind of work the organization does?
We are the first and only nonprofit in the state to provide culturally appropriate services for this population of over 60,000. We cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran serves clients from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. We have recently added Afghanistan to this list as well. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. Kiran’s core services include a 24-hour hotline, intensive client management, resource referrals, language assistance and translation, community outreach and education, as well as support groups.