Hindu American Foundation

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Religion

Location: 910 17th Street NW Suite 1180 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: The Foundation interacts with and educates leaders in public policy, academia, media and the public at large about Hinduism and global issues concerning Hindus, such as the free exercise of religion, the portrayal of Hinduism, hate speech, hate crimes and human rights.
Results: 1. Reaffirming the link between Hinduism and yoga through the Take Back Yoga project, which was featured in the New York Times and on CNN and NPR. 2. Submitting critical testimony that ensured the FBI collect and report data on anti-Hindu hate crimes. 3. Cultivating the next generation of community leaders through the first and only Hindu American Congressional Internship program. 4. Providing a voice for Hindus suffering human rights abuses through an annual Hindu human rights report and Congressional briefings. 5. Launching Hindu American Physicians in Seva to provide medical seva to those in need, with a focus on the Hindu refugee population worldwide. 6. Successfully advocating for the passage of Congressional Diwali Resolutions that recognize the importance of Diwali for Hindu, Jain, and Sikh Americans. 7. Reforming the way in which Hinduism is represented in public school textbooks and expanding efforts to educate school administrators, teachers, and the public at large about Hinduism. 8. Building strategic relationships with the media through consistent and sustained outreach. 9. Strengthening the Hindu voice through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, NGOs, and think tanks. 10. Upholding the fundamental right to freely practice one’s religion and freedom from the government’s favoring of any one religion or religion over none.
Target demographics: Hindu Americans from all walks of life
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hindus here in the US and all over the world
Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C.
Programs: Hinduism 101 training, the first and only Hindu American Congressional Internship, education toolkits on Hindu holidays, the only Hindu Human Rights report, Capitol Hill briefings on the human rights violations o Hindu minorities around the world, and much more!
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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF has done outstanding work to raise awareness about Hinduism and the issues that Hindus face globally. it is time we learn to stand up as a group and fight to protect our beliefs and our ideology.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

awareness of human rights violations of Hindus globally.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create more fundraising opportunities to raise money for specific projects.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hindus need to know how rest of the world do business in any given field including 'religion'. HAF knows how to bring the issues to the right place in the right way in any given country/organization. NY TIMES article on YOGA is one example of HAF's sincere work, when some individuals tried to patent YOGA contents etc. Also their logical representation in front of California Board of Education reflects the quality of work they do.
Recently when I needed some clarification about bumper sticker
'coexist', they were able help me rightaway.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

presenting the information in front of Texas Board of Education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing but to provide more volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hindus in general and particularly those in the United States, are not very articulate about explaining their faith to the curious, or defending their faith against the malicious. In other words they have very few organized advocates.

HAF does just that, and that too on a shoe-string budget. I am very, very impressed by their advocacy for Hindus in America.

But I am doubly impressed by their foresight and vision to also take on the challenges to Hinduism from within, such as casteism, untouchability, etc. Their eyes wide open, minds wide open and arms wide open approach is a refeshing change from the often narrow advocacy of other so called Hindu groups.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The California Textbook controversy case

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that it would be able to convey its message and do its work on a bigger scale.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF is educating all that there is lot of true contribution from Hindus to the humanity. It stands for the rights of Hindus.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1.>Text Book campaign 2.>Standing up for hindus to get there deserved acknowledgment about what they have contributed to the humanity(Yoga),

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to know about HAF for the work they did towards correcting the misrepresentation of Hindu Dharma in California school textbooks.Since then I have been actively following several of their campaigns. HAF as an organization is well balanced and very friendly.Their work truly represents and voices many concerns that most Hindu Americans have. I would very much support their activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

California textbook corrections towards the misrepresentation of Hindu Dharma.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I heard of this organization with the take back yoga campaign, and then learnt about their previous activities from their website.

As an American Hindu, I am often frustrated and angered with the patronizing and illiterate portrayals of our ancient religion in American culture and even academia. I am happy to have finally found an advocacy group that wants to correct these mistakes, and call attention to abuses that take place against Hindus and their religion by speaking up for Hindus everywhere in a rational, professional, informed way by which understanding can be increased, and bridges can be built.

After viewing their videos and seeing the founders speak intelligently, passionately, and professionally about these issues, I am convinced that they are superb ambassadors for our faith, and am happy to support their activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Articles in the popular media such as the New York Times, and CNN. I have also observed that they are making inroads as the goto spokesmen for Hindu-related issues in the press.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing really, other than having more campaigns!

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Rating: 3 stars  

HAF has been doing wonderful social service for many years. Recently HAF started an volunteer initiative with Hospital clergies to help heal terminally sick patients in hospitals . HAF has also been advocating equal respect for all people of all race and religion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

HAF fought to clean up California text books that propagated stereotypes and prejudices

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ask for more volunteers and money to carry on the HAF activities

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Rating: 3 stars  

HAF is a great organisation for fighting for truth and justice for Hindus all over the Globe. They are doing a great service to Hindu society. Hindu religion has been so much underrepreented and misrepresented especially in the west and HAF is doing great in bringing the correct picture of Hinduism and shedding off the distortions some so called western historians has brought to Hinduism.
Bravo and Bhagwan ji bless you with the strength and wisdom to bring just and truth out !!!!

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I have seen their report on Hindu Human rights violation Report which is the true reflection of Hinud human rights violation especially in Bangla Desh, Pakistan and Malaysia, Indonesia etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Become more Active and Strong in voicing the unjust and atrocities comitted on Hindus in thier own country and foreign countries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization, caring and motivating Hindu's from all over the world to be active for peaceful and just causes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking the cause of misfortunate hindus all over the world

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more membership drives and workshops outside DC

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF is doing excellent job for Hindu's at -large. HAF is there to promote true spirit of Hinduism and at the same guarding well being of Hindus.

Advocacy is the main function of HAF on the behalf of Hinduism. Since their inception they have track record of achieving the result in appropriate manner. Like California Text Book for schools with mis represntation of Hinduism. We would like the world know about the true Hinduism and it' contribution to the Humanity.

I will strongly support this organization in a true spirit.

Namaskar

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Their contribution is significant starting from advocacy in Washington DC, lobbying for Hindus and their causes. It's the only organization who reports the issues of Hindus in the world. Malaysia, Bangladesh or Pakistan, anywhere there is maltreatment of ethical, social, physical harassment etc. they are always in the front to inform the society and respected bodies to help and correct the issues immediately.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization can start advocating for teaching "value based education" in the schools. Hinduism has lot to offer to the society, like YOG, PRANAYAM and "SANSKARAS" to be a good Citizen and Good Human Being. This organization can take a lead to promote worshiping " PRAKRUTI" means environment in general. We are on the path to destroy our own planet by not respecting our planet, looting the resources and waste it. Hinduism talks about since time of "VEDAS" .

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