COVID-19 Resources for South Asian Americans

We know that COVID-19 is most dan­ger­ous to the elder­ly and those who are immuno-com­pro­mised.  We also know that peo­ple who are eco­nom­i­cal­ly, racial­ly, and geo­graph­i­cal­ly mar­gin­al­ized, are being made even more vul­ner­a­ble because of this pan­dem­ic. This web­page com­piles tools we have been high­light­ing on our Twit­ter that sup­port South Asian Amer­i­cans and our allies. If you’d like to con­tribute, please reach out to


APIAHF & SAPHA — AA and NHPI In-Lan­guage Resources
The South Asian Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion (SAPHA) is crowd­sourc­ing COVID19 resources in Asian Amer­i­can lan­guages includ­ing Ben­gali, Pun­jabi, Urdu, Nepali and Hin­di.

Har­vard Health Lit­er­a­cy Project 
COVID-19 fact sheets in 30 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, includ­ing Ben­gali, Gujarati, Hin­di, Marathi, Malay­alam, Pun­jabi, Tamil, Tel­ugu, and Urdu. 

Queens Against Hin­du Fas­cism — Covid-19 Thread
Share­graph­ics  in Hin­di and Bangla on how to take care of one­self and one’s com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing Covid-19.

Sri Lankan NY Resources — Lankan Tamil & Sin­hala
Share­graph­ics in Sri Lankan Tamil and Sin­hala on self-care and mutu­al aid net­works in the New York area.

Switch­board TA — Resource Round-Up
A mul­ti­lin­gual com­pi­la­tion of COVID-19 resources with graph­ics and fact­sheets in Ben­gali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hin­di, Nepali, Pun­jabi, Tamil, and Urdu.

Sikh Fam­i­ly Cen­ter — COVID-19 Resources
The Sikh Fam­i­ly Cen­ter has com­piled a num­ber of resources in both writ­ten and spo­ken Pun­jabi and Eng­lish.

EAA Foun­da­tion — Right to Edu­ca­tion Resources
This is a free and vet­ted list of edu­ca­tion­al resources in sev­er­al lan­guages.

Saima Mohsin
Pun­jabi lan­guage video on Covid-19 and the impor­tance of social dis­tanc­ing.

AAPCHO — Covid-19 Resources
AAPCHO has been mon­i­tor­ing coro­n­avirus and is con­tin­u­ous­ly post­ing tools and resources for health­care orga­ni­za­tions, com­mu­ni­ties, and pro­fes­sion­als in mul­ti­ple South Asian lan­guages.

UIC Col­lab­o­ra­to­ry for Health Jus­tice and Pub­lic Health — Fact Sheets
In-lan­guage fact­sheets for cop­ing with Covid-19 (includ­ing ones in Gujarati, Hin­di, and Ara­bic).



Neigh­bor­hoods in Queens and Brook­lyn, both areas with large South Asian com­mu­ni­ties, has been par­tic­u­lar­ly hard hit by this pan­dem­ic. Here’s how you can: donate to a mutu­al aid fund to sup­port res­i­dents in the area, vol­un­teer to help, and request sup­port if you live in the area.

Desis Ris­ing Up and Mov­ing
DRUM has orga­nized this page to pro­vide infor­ma­tion on how COVID-19 is affect­ing work­ing class and immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies in New York City, includ­ing meth­ods and media to redis­trib­ute funds, pow­er, and sup­ples.

Equal­i­ty Labs — Coro­n­avirus Com­mu­ni­ty Guide
This  doc­u­ment fea­tures tools and resources in 13 dif­fer­ent South Asian lan­guages includ­ing Hin­di, Tamil, Tel­ugu, Ben­gali, Gujarati, Pun­jabi, Marathi, Malay­alam, Burmese, Kan­na­da, Urdu and Nepali.  

Sikh Coali­tion — Covid-19 Response and Resources
Detailed infor­ma­tion and resources for deal­ing with Covid-19 for Sikh com­mu­ni­ties.

South Asian Jour­nal­ists Asso­ci­a­tion — Covid-19 Resources
A list of resources, tips, and links to help South Asian jour­nal­ists cov­er and cope with coro­n­avirus.

Queer­ing Desi — Coro­n­avirus Resources
Resources for Asian and Pacif­ic Islander Amer­i­cans, includ­ing places to donate and receive finan­cial sup­port.

India Cen­ter — South Asian Arts Resilien­cy Fund
This fund is for South Asian cre­atives who may have had pro­fes­sion­al events can­celled or post­poned due to COVID-19 and offers a min­i­mum of $1,000 as aid.

Maitri — COVID-19 Resources
Maitri is pro­vid­ing COVID-19 spe­cif­ic sup­port and resources to sur­vivors of domes­tic vio­lence, as well as oth­er infor­ma­tion on mutu­al aid efforts in Cal­i­for­nia.

API Chaya — COVID-19 Resource Kit
This list from API Chaya pro­vides region­al and nation­al resources for sur­vivors of domes­tic vio­lence.  

Adhikaar — COVID-19 Pub­lic Health Videos
Adhikaar has put togeth­er a series of videos that explain COVID-19’s impact in Nepali.



Nation­al Lawyers Guild — Know Your Rights Dur­ing Covid-19
Infor­ma­tion on how to ensure law devel­op­ments are equi­table and just in how they respond to Covid-19, espe­cial­lye­sp­cial­ly for peo­ple of col­or and oth­er mar­gin­al­ized peo­ple.

Pro­tect­ing Immi­grant Fam­i­lies — Know Your Rights
This link has infor­ma­tive com­mu­ni­ty-fac­ing resources on pub­lic charge and its rela­tion­ship to the Covid-19 cri­sis.

NILC — Update on Access to Health­care for Immi­grants and Their Fam­i­lies
A list of reminders, tools, and resources about access­ing health­care for immi­grants and their fam­i­ly mem­bers.

NYSYLC — NYC COVID-19 Sup­port
This doc­u­ment shares resources that are open to undoc­u­ment­ed folks.

Informed Immi­grant — Resources for Immi­grants Dur­ing the Coro­n­avirus Cri­sis
A list of nation­al and state-wide resources that also high­lights spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion for stu­dents, such as local relief funds and reduced-cost wifi.

Immi­grants Ris­ing — Tan­gi­ble Sup­port for Undoc­u­ment­ed Com­mu­ni­ties Dur­ing Covid-19
This is a list of resources to help undoc­u­ment­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers nav­i­gate the coro­n­avirus cri­sis.

Cal­i­for­nia Immi­grant Youth Jus­tice Alliance — Resources for Undoc­u­ment­ed Peo­ple
This is a Cal­i­for­nia-spe­cif­ic resource col­lec­tion on work­ers’ rights and free food access for undoc­u­ment­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers.

Undo­cuschol­ars — Covid-19 Resources
This spread­sheet has infor­ma­tion on pub­lic charge, immi­gra­tion, free clin­ics, free­lance work­er resources, resource exchanges, edu­ca­tion, and more for undoc­u­ment­ed folks.



BCNA — Busi­ness Cen­ter for New Amer­i­cans
For small and micro-busi­ness own­ers who have been hit hard by COVID-19, the BCNA includes a team of loan offi­cers and busi­ness devel­op­ment spe­cial­ists who are work­ing close­ly with clients to process gov­ern­ment loans to cov­er costs for employ­ee pay­checks, help­ing busi­ness­es pro­vide their ser­vices and prod­ucts online, and plan­ning for reopen­ing.

US Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion — Covid-19 Guid­ance & Loan Resources
Infor­ma­tion on how small busi­ness­es and their com­mu­ni­ties can keep each oth­er safe, secure, and healthy.

Apply­ing for a Pay­check Pro­tec­tion Loan
This is a sim­ple non­prof­it guide to those loans you’ve been hear­ing about to cov­er pay­roll and that don’t need to be paid back.

Pro-bono legal Assis­tance for DC minor­i­ty owned small busi­ness
Law firm Hogan Lovells is pro­vid­ing pro-bono legal assis­tance for minor­i­ty owned DC based busi­ness­es who are nav­i­gat­ing the ben­e­fits avail­able to them under the fed­er­al stim­u­lus law. 

FCC — COVID-19 Scams
This page from the FCC includes tools to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from scam calls and emails.

Stim­u­lus Pay­ments VS Scams
This arti­cle from the Wash­ing­ton Post helps under­stand how to nav­i­gate fig­ur­ing out if the mail you are receiv­ing is a stim­u­lus pay­ment or a scam.

What to know about Eco­nom­ic Impact Pay­ment deb­it cards
This guide from the FTC dis­cuss­es receiv­ing deb­it cards as Stim­u­lus pay­ments.

FDA Updates — Hand San­i­tiz­ers with Methanol
This link can be help­ful in find­ing FDA-approved hand san­i­tiz­ers. Please note that as of July 27, there are no FDA-approved hand san­i­tiz­ers avail­able on Ama­zon.



NNEDV — Resources on the Response to the Coro­n­avirus
This is a com­pi­la­tion of resources for indi­vid­u­als, shel­ters, and pro­grams expe­ri­enc­ing an increase in domes­tic vio­lence inci­dents.

Sikh Fam­i­ly Cen­ter — Video Shorts on Vio­lence & Safe­ty at Home
Sikh Fam­i­ly Cen­ter also has spe­cif­ic in-lan­guage resources with infor­ma­tion on domes­tic vio­lence, includ­ing this video in Pun­jabi, and this video in Eng­lish, that specif­i­cal­ly address­es COVID-19-relat­ed vio­lence.



Virus Anx­i­ety — Care for Your Coro­n­avirus Anx­i­ety
Remote men­tal health sup­port resources for those in the U.S.



Asian Amer­i­can Fem­i­nist Col­lec­tive — Care in the Time of Coro­n­avirus
A zine that high­lights Asian Amer­i­can fem­i­nist prac­tices, pol­i­tics, and his­to­ries of care to cope with Covid-19.

NCAPA Emer­gency Response Net­work
The Nation­al Coun­cil of Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­cans (NCAPA) launched this site to counter the neg­a­tive effects of COVID-19 impact­ing Asian Amer­i­can and Pacif­ic Islander (AAPI) com­mu­ni­ties. It brings the AAPI non-prof­it com­mu­ni­ty, pri­vate sec­tor, influ­encers and oth­ers togeth­er to cre­ate an infor­ma­tion repos­i­to­ry focused on key issues includ­ing: coun­ter­ing the alarm­ing rise of anti-Asian hate crimes; pro­vid­ing in-lan­guage and cul­tur­al­ly spe­cif­ic health resources; and sup­port­ing the needs of the AAPI small busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty in response to COVID-19.

Mutu­al Aid Relief — Dis­as­ter Relief
Tools on orga­niz­ing for lib­er­a­tion and facil­i­tat­ing activist con­ver­sa­tions while work­ing remote­ly because of Covid-19.

Advo­cates for Youth — Covid-19 Stu­dent Orga­niz­ing Toolk­it
Tools for young peo­ple BY young peo­ple, to help hold edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions and insti­tu­tions account­able for their coro­n­avirus respons­es.

Covid-19 Ten­ant Orga­niz­ing Toolk­it
Infor­ma­tion on what ten­ant orga­niz­ing can look like and tips for orga­niz­ing strikes respon­si­bly. 

Covid-19 Stu­dent Response — Call for Hand­made Masks and DIY Mask Man­u­al
Resources for mak­ing and shar­ing hand­made masks with the 150+ hos­pi­tals nation­wide that are request­ing as many hand­made masks as pos­si­ble.

Med­Sup­ply­Drive — How to Help
This non-prof­it is orga­niz­ing vol­un­teer efforts across the Unit­ed States and Unit­ed King­dom, and has a series of infor­ma­tion­al videos on how to sup­port COVID-19 work­ers in sev­er­al lan­guages, includ­ing Hin­di and Pun­jabi.

Jus­tice for Mus­lims Col­lec­tive x SARRI — South Asian Restau­rant Direc­to­ry
This is an ongo­ing list of restau­rants in the DC, MD, and VA areas that can be sup­port­ed remote­ly.



Mus­lim Mutu­al Aid Fund - Queer Cres­cent & Masjid al-Rabia
For those seek­ing finan­cial aid, this mutu­al aid fund pro­vides between $150-$400 in cash. The appli­ca­tion is avail­able here, in Ara­bic, Far­si, and Span­ish (it will soon be avail­able in Swahili, Soma­li, and Wolof as well).

The Emer­gent Fund — People’s Bailout
This is a mutu­al aid fund to sup­port the orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties most in need of sup­port dur­ing the cur­rent Covid-19 cri­sis.

Covid-19 Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks
This relief fund orga­nized by Ami­ta Swad­hin sup­ports BIPOC who are also LGBTQI+.

Domes­tic Work­ers — Coro­n­avirus Care Fund
A fund that sup­ports domes­tic work­ers.

Sur­vived & Pun­ished NY — Soap Funds
This Abo­li­tion­ist Mutu­al Aid Fund pro­vides need­ed sup­plies to our allies who are incar­cer­at­ed.

Jus­tice for Mus­lims Col­lec­tive & ROC-DC — DMV Tip Jar
This fund is for Black & Brown Work­ers in the Restau­rant Indus­try.

DC Vir­tu­al Tip Jar
A grow­ing list of servers and bar­tenders in the DMV area that you can thank for their ser­vice and pres­ence.

Sri Lankan-NY Mutu­al Aid
In-lan­guage mutu­al aid effort with an appli­ca­tion that is Tamil and Sin­hala friend­ly.

Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tions — Relief Funds
State-based relief funds for non-prof­its and com­mu­ni­ty foun­da­tions.

AACRE Net­work — Bay Area Resources
A Covid-19 resource list for folks in the Bay Area, orga­nized by APEX Express, Asian Pris­on­er Sup­port Com­mit­tee, Alliance of South Asians Tak­ing Action, APIENC, Chi­nese for Affir­ma­tive Action, Hmong Inno­vat­ing Pol­i­tics, HYPHEN, Net­work on Reli­gion and Jus­tice, Vis­i­bil­i­ty Project, VietU­ni­ty — East Bay, Asian Refugees Unit­ed.

#Michi­gan­Mus­lims — Covid-19 Resources
For Mus­lims in Ster­ling Heights, Rochester Hills, Troy, Bloom­field, West Bloom­field, Farm­ing­ton Hills, Novi, Can­ton, Northville, Grand Blanc, Flint, East Lans­ing, and Lans­ing, Michi­gan, this is a vol­un­teer net­work that will sup­port those who need assis­tance.

Immune Com­pro­mised Peo­ple in Need
A grow­ing list of immune com­pro­mised peo­ple in need and ways to help them.

IGD News — Covid-19 Mutu­al Aid
It’s Going Down has this list of mutu­al aid groups and projects by US region.

Big Door Brigade — Mutu­al Aid Tools
For those who are seek­ing finan­cial assis­tance and for those who can donate, this is a com­pi­la­tion of mutu­al aid resources and infor­ma­tion on how to start your own local project.

South King Coun­ty & East­side COVID/Coronavirus Mutu­al Aid Group
This mutu­al aid group, run with part­ners of API Chaya on Face­book, is for sur­vivors, the sick & dis­abled, immuno­com­promised folks, undoc­u­ment­ed, black, queer, indige­nous, and/or peo­ple of col­or.