The Clara Lionel Basis established by singer Rihanna, introduced March 3, 2021, a $3 million grant to twenty Asian American organizations, amongst them South Asian and Indian-American non-profits working across the nation.
In partnership with #StartSmall, CLF is committing funds to grassroots organizations working throughout the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) neighborhood.
Among the many 19 organizations named within the press launch, at the least three deal with South Asians and people of Indian origin, viz. Adhikaar, which engages with Nepali ladies, Sakhi for South Asian Girls, and South Asian Council for Social Providers, all three based mostly in New York.
The remaining 16 embrace API Rise, APIENC, Asian People Advancing Justice-LA, Asian Immigrant Girls Advocates, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, CCC Houston, Chinatown Neighborhood Improvement Middle, Chinese language-American Planning Council, Coalition for Asian American Households and Kids, Hawai’i Employees Middle, Coronary heart of Dinner, Our Kupuna, Crimson Canary Track, Ship Chinatown Love, Southeast Asian Neighborhood Alliance, and Welcome to Chinatown.
The assertion mentioned CLF “is standing in solidarity with our buddies, household, and neighbors within the AAPI neighborhood” by extending this help to organizations led by Asian People and Pacific Islanders.
“Regardless of being the quickest rising inhabitants within the nation, Asian-People proceed to be broadly ignored and discriminated towards in america,” the press launch mentioned.
“And although current acts of deplorable violence have grabbed headlines, we acknowledge these occasions are solely a symptom of long-standing, anti-Asian hatred embedded in our nation’s historical past. Hatred that has aggressively permeated all through our nation because of prejudice feedback from the earlier Administration associated to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the CLF mentioned.
“Stopping the virus of hatred from spreading can solely be achieved via solidarity and allyship, which implies it’s as much as every particular person to take motion. Whether or not you help mutual support networks, demand motion out of your legislators, be taught what to do should you witness acts of anti-Asian racism, or volunteer your time and help AAPI-owned companies, you may be part of the answer,” it added.
The group needs to begin enabling AAPI organizations to uplift their communities by:
- Placing money funds in individuals’s palms for fundamental wants resembling hire
- Delivering meals on to individuals, together with homebound seniors
- Offering money grants to small companies to allow them to hold their doorways open
- Guaranteeing intercourse employees and home violence survivors have free entry to well being and authorized providers
- Organizing non-unionized employees who haven’t acquired their unemployment advantages and offering money funds for hire
The Clara Lionel Basis was based in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honore of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, the Fb web site says.
Final yr, Rihanna was named the “2020 Celeb Philanthropist of the Yr” by Inside Philanthropy.
To this point, CLF says it has distributed $36 million to 45 organizations preventing Covid-19 throughout 17 states and 30 international locations. Since March 2020, CLF and its companions have given $47 million to racial justice and Covid-19 response effort, it provides.