Maika was founded in 2009 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)3 in 2010.
Maika means "parent's home for a married girl" in Urdu and Hindi. After a woman marries, her parent's home becomes the "maika", where she can go to relax and take a break from her daily routine of duties.
Our non-profit organization, Maika Inc. was initially intended to be a homeless shelter for South Asian women and children but because of contacted by a variety of immigrant women that are victims of domestic violence and abuse inflicted on both themselves and their children, we have extended our support services to a much wider support areas. Most of the victims we help have no extended family in the US; many don't speak English and are in desperate need of assistance; some are even fearful of being killed.
All of our staff are volunteers who provide their services outside of their regular jobs and daily responsibilities to assist helpless and battered women and children who start all over again and live a life free from emotional and physical abuse and constant fear.
We help all women regardless of immigration status and faith. If required, we provide access to marriage and family counseling, but most women who contact us have already fled from their abusive partners or are in the process of doing so.