South Asia is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Not only do most of the world’s Hindus, Jains and Sikhs live in South Asia, but it also is home to one of the world’s largest Muslim populations and to millions of Christians and Buddhists.
Because a person's religion often determines their sense of morality, worldview, self-image, attitudes towards others, and overall personal identity to a significant extent, religious differences can be significant cultural, personal, and social factors. In addition to discrimination caused by cultural and societal differences, government laws imposed to regulate religion can further discriminate against citizens of one or more religions.
Over the past decade, South Asia has experienced increasingly high levels of religion-related social hostilities and religious oppression. Members of religious minorities are subjected to violence and discrimination in order to deprive them of their political rights and to force them to assimilate, leave, or live as second-class citizens.
South Asia Collective’s Emergency Assistance program is designed to provide individuals and families help in the immediate aftermath of a crisis event and in meeting ongoing or long-term needs.
Help may include: