Events
FUNDRAISING EVENTS
https://www.dayahouston.org/gala-2021

Daya Under the Stars

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 11:30:00 PM UTC

Constellation Field, Sugar Land

25th Anniversary Celebration

Musical Performance by Penn Masala

BOOK CLUB
http://bit.ly/dayabookcluboct21

Daya Book Club - "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted"

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join Daya for our next Book Club event featuring Mrinal Gokhale, author of “Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted.” October’s book selection shares true stories of second-generation Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants who navigate mental health in the West (U.S., U.K., and Canada). Each featured interviewee discusses how destigmatizing mental health became their fight, and how they're bridging the gap of access, education, and acceptance between generations. From topics like identity, culture, socialization, academia, love, loss, and trauma, each unique story unveils a part of the shadow (saaya) of mental health in South Asian diaspora. Register now to learn Mrinal’s inspiration behind the book and her work to promote education and acceptance of mental health in South Asian communities.

Special Guest: Mrinal Gokhale

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6816305188378/WN_P3Ok3sa3Q2yo8aacqRi38Q

Lunch & Learn: The Power of Boundaries

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join us for this masterclass in saying yes to boundaries with expert coach, Indrani Goradia.

Special Guest: Indrani Goradia

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316268823722/WN_cupufVn4R4CZelnO0iSvhQ

Lunch & Learn What Is Spiritual Abuse

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

For this edition of Daya's Lunch & Learn, we'll be talking about spiritual abuse with guest speaker, Sara Bawany, LCSW from FACE (Facing Abuse in Community Environments). Spiritual abuse is using religion to manipulate, control and bully through the guise of religion, religious principles or claims to spirituality. We'll be learning about examples of spiritual abuse and the work FACE is doing in this realm to increase community accountability for abuse in the Muslim community.

Special Guest: Sara Bawany

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
http://dayahouston.org/clothing-donation

July 2021 Clothing Drive – Sugar Land

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC

16959 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Saturday, July 31st from 10am-3pm at 16959 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
http://dayahouston.org/clothing-donation

July 2021 Clothing Drive – Gujarati Samaj

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC

9550 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031

Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Sunday, July 25th from 10am-3pm at 9550 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031 (Gujrathi Samaj). Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
https://www.bollycurves.com/nonprofit/daya-yoga

Yoga Therapy with Bollycurves

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 9:00:00 PM UTC

3334 FM 1092 Rd #405, Missouri City, Texas, 77459

Join Daya and Bollycurves for a 1 Hour Yoga Therapy Session on Saturday July 17th @ 4pm-5pm. Work out, feel good, and help support Daya! Bring your yoga mat, mask, and water.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
https://fb.me/e/2xlGNq6sX

Dine for Daya at Tarka Indian Kitchen - City West

Monday, July 5, 2021, 4:00:00 PM UTC

10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300 Houston, TX 77042

Daya is proud to partner with Tarka Indian Kitchen on the grand opening of their new Houston Location near Westheimer and Beltway 8: 10550 Westheimer Rd, Ste 300, Houston, TX 77042. Treat yourself to some delicious food between July 5 and July 11. 20% of proceeds are donated directly to Daya!

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6116160674507/WN_MiRV_oIgRWCXgVbZQOrIbQ

Building Boundaries: Healthy Space with Those You Love

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 10:30:00 PM UTC

Online

"Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and love me simultaneously" - Prentis Hemphill

In many collectivistic South Asian cultures, social factors like family, culture, religion and community greatly impact decision-making. Many in the South Asian community (survivors, youth, young adults, and LGBTQ folks) face pressure to hide their identities or silence their experiences in the name of honoring the family and the culture. However, setting and respecting boundaries is essential to any and every relationship - in all cultures. In healthy relationships of all kinds, you should feel comfortable communicating your needs without fear of what another person will do in response.

Join Counselors & Client Advocates from Daya (Houston), Raksha (Atlanta), and Chetna (Dallas) to discuss how to express your wants, goals, fears, and limits so that everyone's boundaries are honored.

Special Guests:
Bhavika Parmar
Sahar Naqvi
Aisha Choudhry

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://youtu.be/NKjCLZFDV34

Lunch & Learn: Critical Collaborations - Addressing Homelessness for Survivors

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Research has found that more than a third of DV survivors report becoming homeless immediately after separating from their partners. In fact, finding a safe place to live is one of the biggest challenges that Daya clients face when fleeing abusive homes. To address this enormous risk, we cannot work alone. Daya works with the Coalition for the Homeless to ensure the risks and barriers of South Asian survivors are not underestimated. Join us for this lunch and learn to find out about how Daya is partnering across the city to combat homelessness for survivors.

Special Guest:
Toni Benson-Atkinson

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
https://brownbodiesboldstories2021.eventbrite.com/?aff=Website

Brown Bodies, Bold Stories: The Ways We Heal

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 7:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Across our trauma, we can heal. Tell us your story because love grows when we share it with one another. Share an original story, poem, or spoken word; or read a published work that has informed your healing journey as a South Asian person. We are strong in our vulnerability.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6616117767253/WN_AoHUHtdOSyelPY5CZcFb9w

Lunch & Learn - Protecting Young Hearts: Addressing Teen Dating Violence in the South Asian Community

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:00:00 PM UTC

Online

February’s lunch & learn, led by Jenani Srijeyanthan from the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, will explore teen dating violence in the South Asian community and offer programs and interventions for support.

Special Guest: Jenani Srijeyanthan

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6816015671266/WN_9gn_XNQpSYiwTt_UyVA4xQ

Lunch & Learn: Accountability, Y'all!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Lunch & Learn: Accountability, Y'all! Supporting South Asian Survivors in the South. Grab your lunch, some sweet tea or chai, and join us for a spirited conversation about the survivor experience in our region and what we need from our community.

Special Guests: Rachna Khare, Aparna Bhattacharya

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3015989071996/WN_cXkXJ6WmTnSof4IPcUBttA

Lunch & Learn - Be SMART! Preventing Child Gun Deaths & Injuries

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Grab your lunch and learn with Daya! With collaboration with Moms Demand Action, Olive Branch Muslim Family Services, and BPSOS, this month we bring you Be SMART, an educational workshop designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.

Special Guests: Swati Narayan, Julie Marinucci

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8415923327136/WN_jeI-YJKJRWOdVgZD_96tDw

Support & Survival: Discussing Suicide Awareness Among South Asians

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 9:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join Daya & South Asian Youth in Houston Unite (SAYHU) to bring awareness and discuss suicide prevention. Learn from an expert panel about: risks especially for minorities & LGBTQ communities, recognizing warning signs, provide support to those suffering from mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

Special Guests: Dr. Sindhu Idicula, Dr. Devika Srivastava

Community Outreach
https://faithandfamilyviolence.eventbrite.com/

Faith & Family Violence: Recognizing and Addressing Abuse

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC

Online

The Interfaith Advisory Council, led by AVDA, Daya, and HCDVCC, invites faith leaders, first ladies, religious teachers, and people of influence across Houston's diverse faith communities to "Faith & Family Violence," an interactive training and discussion on recognizing and addressing abuse in our communities.

Suzanne Holsomback

Educational Event
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6316310678917/WN_c_0UGgGgTIWQ1JCpCv2CGQ

Money Matters: The Trauma of Financial Abuse

Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00:00 AM UTC

Online

Join Daya and our national partners from Sakhi (NY) and Narika (CA) for a dynamic and expert panel. Learn to recognize various forms of financial abuse, understand their devastating toll, and support the strategies that help survivors reclaim their financial freedom.

BOOK CLUB
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEldumsqjouHtIoezZj3uVleFn-cy4HYmvG

Daya Book Club - "Her Brave Journey"

Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join Daya for our August Book Club event featuring Swati Singh, author of “Her Brave Journey.” Swati’s debut novel tells the story of Kiara, a South Asian American woman who is stuck in the vicious and confusing cycle of abuse. Swati’s hope is that Kiara’s story will inspire, empower, and strengthen the soul. Register now to discuss the “Her Brave Journey” with the Daya community, learn the story behind the story, and ask Swati all your burning questions.

Special Guest:
Swati Singh, Author

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
https://dayahouston.kindful.com/?campaign=1133908

#25for25 - Dumplings for Daya

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 12:00:00 AM UTC

Online

As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join Daya on 8/16/2021 at 7pm CT for a virtual cooking class featuring dumplings from around the world! A graduate from the Arts Institute, Chef Keisha Griggs leads Ate Kitchen & Bocage Catering. Hailing from the Caribbean, Chef Griggs hopes her food will invoke memories of home, comfort, and family. Join us for this interactive class that highlights the universal dish of dumplings – learn the similarities around the world with this fun family favorite! The event will be held on Zoom at 7pm CT on 8/16/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you. You will also receive the recipes and ingredient list before the event.

Special Guest: Chef Keisha Griggs

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
https://dayahouston.kindful.com/?campaign=1133905

#25for25 - An Evening with Alka Joshi

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:00:00 PM UTC

Online

As part of Daya's #25for25 silver anniversary celebration, join us on 7/29/2021 at 6pm CT for an evening online with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist - a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick and soon to be miniseries. Meet Alka, learn about her journey as a writer, and ask your questions about The Henna Artist and her newest novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. The event will be held on Zoom from 6-7pm CT on 7/29/2021. Your Zoom link will be included in the transaction receipt emailed to you after purchasing tickets.

Special Guest: Alka Joshi

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
http://dayahouston.org/clothing-donation

July 2021 Clothing Drive - Inner Loop

Saturday, July 24, 2021, 3:00:00 PM UTC

5133 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056

Clean your closets to raise money for Daya! In partnership with Reuse Textiles Recycling Company, Daya’s next Clothing Drive will be on Saturday, July 24th from 10am-3pm at 5133 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056 (Best Buy Parking Lot). Bring your bagged new, like new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household linens to our clothing drive for a COVID safe drop-off. For more information on how Daya accepts clothing donations click here: dayahouston.org/clothing-donation. Please share this event with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://bit.ly/reprojustice4survivors

Reproductive Justice for Survivors of Gender Based Violence

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 8:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Reproductive Justice, the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have or not have children, and parent in safe and sustainable communities, was coined in 1994 by a group of Black women named the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice. Just 3 years later, 16 women-of-color-led organizations representing the Native American, Latin American, African American, and Asian American communities launched the nonprofit SisterSong to continue this national movement to uplift the needs of the most marginalized women, families, and communities. Presented by HCDVCC, Daya, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University (CSWGS), join us for an engaging conversation about the intersection of Reproductive Justice and the Movement to end Gender-Based Violence. Learn the history and build a future where we all have the economic, social, and political power to make decisions about our bodies and families.

Special Guests:
Jennifer Wang, NAPAWF Deputy Director of Programs
Nusrat Ameen, Daya Senior Director Legal Services

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://bit.ly/3c93OL5

Lunch & Learn - Social Justice Spotlight: Activism by South Asian Youth

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Grab your lunch and join us to learn about our community's work to increase political engagement and visibility among South Asian youth in Houston and promote social justice within our multiracial community network.

In 2017 seven women of color in Houston recognized a need for a radical space for young South Asians in which they could build alliances as they engaged in social justice-oriented work. In friendship and with solidarity, South Asian Youth of Houston Unite (SAYHU) was formed by Eesha Pandit, Rachel Afi Quinn, Gayatri Joshi, Saneea Sakhyani, Samira Ali, Praveena Lakshmanan, and Rachna Khare.

Through community gatherings and events, an annual Summer Institute, and regional summits, SAYHU is establishing a social justice-minded South Asian network. In this lunch & learn, we'll meet previous SAYHU participants and learn how to get involved in social justice and community building across the South Asian Diaspora.

Special Guests:
Huda Mitha, LMSW
Samridhdi Shrestha, SAYHU Intern

EDUCATIONAL EVENT
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84638132513

A 10-minute Break for Gender Equity & Mental Wellness

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 8:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Tenaz Sunavala, UN NGO Advocate for the Commission on the Status of Women, talks about how gender equity and mental wellbeing can achieve a better future for all.

Special Guest:
Tenaz Sunavala

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
https://www.facebook.com/events/457443985486421

Self-care through Self-Defense

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 4:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join us for a free virtual class from Self Defense 4 All. Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All and second-degree Tae Kwon Do belt, will teach us self defense training to build physical and mental strength. Self-defense training will equip you with techniques to stay safe and defend yourself when in danger. Take this time to focus on yourself, everyone is welcome!

Special Guest:Japleen Kaur, founder of Self Defense 4 All

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6116160674507/WN_ITiGd4qYQV2UOP2c2Kdojg

Lunch & Learn - Safety while Swiping: Technology & Sexual Harassment

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

For April's Lunch & Learn, led by Reshmi Patel of RAINN, we'll build awareness about how sexual violence can occur online, how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones, and the many ways survivors and allies can use technology to builder a safer community.

Special Guest:

FILM SCREENING
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516033987263/WN_2-X2DPQDR2S9wrlPcrHuYg

Untying the Knot - Screening & Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 1:00:00 AM UTC

Online

Film screening and panel discussion of documentary Untying the Knot.

Special Guests: Zana Shammi, Rumana Monzur

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3615989041403/WN_WTXptPLPT8GBLkWXBkKfOw

Voice Your Vote

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 5:00:00 PM UTC

Online

Join Daya in conversation with Nabila Mansoor, Executive Director of Emgage as we answer your questions and provide information about important deadlines, the election process & ballot, and how you can safely cast your vote.

Special Guess: Nabila Mansoor, EMGAGE

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1115989074798/WN_LDYY9OKLQJKA2ujpJCC_jw

Human Trafficking 101

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00:00 PM UTC

Online

In collaboration with United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), learn about the forms of human trafficking that exists in America, how it happens, and how to recognize a potential trafficking situation.

Special Guest: Sara Jayne

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-heart-to-heart-connections-tickets-108861806594

Cultivating Heart to Heart Connections

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 8:00:00 PM UTC

Online

A series of virtual workshops on how to cultivate heart to heart connections through compassionate communication skills. Led by certified facilitator of non-violent communication (NVC), Bren Hardt.

Special Guest: Bren Hardt