community-based organization

The South Asian helpline And Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a non-profit community-based organization that serves the rapidly growing South Asian community in Southern California. Founded in 1991, SAHARA, is the Hindi and Urdu word for support, and represents the agency’s focus on providing medical, legal and social services to the community, and deals with the personal crises and the unique challenges facing immigrants. 

Historically, the South Asian community is steeped in a deep sense of tradition and community pride. SAHARA builds upon this concern for community by mobilizing and organizing professionals in the South Asian community – using their skills, knowledge and experiences to help the less fortunate members of the community become self-sufficient and productive members of American society.

SAHARA is able to provide these services with the help of a highly qualified staff, board members and volunteers of South Asian origin who live and work in Southern California. In addition to English, most speak Hindi or one of the four major languages or 200 dialects spoken by immigrants from South Asia.

SAHARA invites you to join us as we continue to build a community of partnerships to meet the growing needs of the South Asian community. Recognizing that it takes a collective effort from staff, volunteers, community members and supporters to achieve our mission, we know that we simply can’t do it without you!

If you are passionate about helping people going through an abusive relationship, need elderly care service and free legal aid, are victims of gender-based violence and all other forms of abuse; please donate generously to SAHARA and help the community!!

If you aren’t able to support us monetarily, you can always help in other ways:

  • We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our services and enrich client experience.
  • You can also spread the the word and let others know about our services.
  • Connect with us on Social Media.
  • Attend our fundraising gala.
  • You can also help by choosing SAHARA on Amazon Smile. When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates a small portion to SAHARA.


If you would like to know more about SAHARA or help us continue to provide these services, please give us a call at 562-402-4132 or contact us. 

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