Source: TV Asia Bureau
Saheli Boston hosted its fundraiser event on Dec. 8 at Hilton Hotel in Woburn, MA. Saheli’s fundraising gala turned out to be a fun-filled evening of dance, music, food, and friends as Saheli celebrated 21 years of service to the South Asian community in New England. The event was a grand success due to a great cause, excellent team and the support from the community people, local police dept, and others. It was attended by over more than 385 community leaders, Philanthropists, supporters, and well-wishers. Also, it celebrated the Strength and Courage of the domestic violence survivors to be able to speak up, and three of them were invited on Stage to share their story with all. The event was considered successful as they managed to raise 90,000 USD which is a very good amount to enhance their support to many such survivors.
As per Saheli, Approximately one in every four adult women experience some form of abuse, physical or emotional, from her intimate partner, and that number may be even higher in South Asian Community. Many women do not share this even with their close friends for fear of ostracization. This is why Saheli was born, to provide a safe environment, a place for women like Sneha to seek help. In 2016 alone, Saheli provided victim services to 182 women, 300 children, and 200 senior citizens in the SA community.
Saheli Boston is a non-profit community organization that was started in 1996 to address the major issue of domestic violence in South Asian Community. The organization was created by South Asian immigrant women who witnessed the unacceptable rates of domestic violence in the community. They realized that there were no services that catered specifically to the needs of South Asian women and were determined to fill the gap. It is led by dedicated volunteers consisting of board members, an advisory committee and eight staff members and they have their headquarters in Burlington, MA.
They offer a plethora of services to the South Asian women facing domestic violence including financial and legal assistance, counseling in a South Asian language, mental health referrals, shelter, and protection – all of which are provided free of cost. For this, they need to raise funds. In its 21 year history, Saheli has helped thousands of women to reclaim their lives, protect their families, and secure a brighter future.