Know Your Rights – Immigration and the New Public Charge

On Saturday, September 14, Saheli held a workshop on issues regarding ‘immigration and public charge rule’ as a part of its Know Your Rights series in Burlington. The workshop was led by  Attorneys Trupti Patel and Attorney Joanna Golding from TNP Associate. The workshop was attended by immigrants as well as non-immigrants who were interested…

Being South Asian: Self Image and Mental Health

By Neha Kotagiri The teen years are difficult for all: pressures from all aspects of  life are suddenly cast upon you as you try to discern your own identity and who you want to be. Throughout childhood and adolescence, many south Asians struggle with self esteem, pressures from school, pressures to be liked, and also…

Being Indian, and being American

By Ayushi Chotai   “Where are you from?” “No, where are you really from?” I have been asked this question several times, not only here in the US, but also in India. My first answer is, quite logically, where I am living. Unsatisfied with my answer, they ask the latter. In the US, my answer…

Saheli and ISW organize “Challenges in Parenting” workshops

by Geethika Bathini, Saheli volunteer Saheli recently partnered with the India Society of Worcester to put on the Challenging in Parenting Workshops. The event consisted of two workshops. The first workshop, Raising Children in a Digital Age, was led by Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner. Uma Chandrika Millner, Ph.D. is a South Asian psychologist, a professor…

A Survivor’s Tale – Manju

One can never truly predict the outcome of an arranged marriage. Although, most women marry with dreams of a happy life, fate is often unpredictable. As Saheli has found, domestic abuse, has affected the lives of many women in the South Asian community and increasingly, courageous women are making the choice to leave abusive spouse….

Sahelis as panelists at Brandeis University’s ‘deis IMPACT 2019

  The STAND club at Brandeis University organized a panel discussion on How Far does Greater Boston Reach? A History of Immigrant Communities in the Greater Boston Area as a part of ‘deis IMPACT 2019. The STAND Club is dedicated to increasing awareness of the experiences of refugees and immigrants globally. Saheli’s Executive Director Divya…

Healthy, Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship

Learn to identify the difference between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. Unhealthy relationships can potentially be abusive. But once you learn the signs you can work towards making it healthy and stop it from moving towards being abusive.   Healthy Relationship Unhealthy Relationship Abusive Relationship Mutual respect The essential element in a healthy relationship is…

Healthy Food, Healthy Relationships

Healthy Food, Healthy Relationships is a joint initiative by Saheli and CHNA 15. The program encourages couples to work as a team in preparing meals thus encouraging positive interactions and communication. Saheli held two sessions of the program in December and January. The discussions were led by Dr. Sukanya Ray, an expert professional with knowledge…

Looking Back at 2018, and Looking Forward to 2019

Looking back at 2018, we are glad to share with you some of the important initiatives Saheli – Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families undertook towards fulfilling its mission of empowering South Asian women and families to lead safe and healthy lives. Saheli expanded its legal services to the South Asian Community….