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…

Saheli Honors Its Volunteers, Holds 5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day Celebration

This article appeared on India New England News BURLINGTON, MA—Saheli, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues related to domestic violence in the South Asian community, honored its own volunteers earlier this month and held its 5th annual Volunteer Appreciation Day celebrations. The event was organized by Neelam Wali, a long-time volunteer and an…

Mother-Daughter Volunteer Spotlight: Binu & Meghana

By Mani Dixit This mother-daughter volunteer duo is doing wonders for Saheli. Earlier this year, Binu Gopinathan joined Saheli as a volunteer to be part of our writing volunteer group and after having volunteered with Saheli for some time, she inspired her daughter, Meghana, to join Saheli as a volunteer. Meghana, a 13-year-old artist is…

Saheli Holds Volunteer Appreciation Party

On Sunday April 24, Saheli’s dedicated volunteers gathered at Burlington Public Library to receive appreciation for all their hard work, dedication, and compassion. Our volunteers assist with computer literacy classes, advocate for survivors, represent Saheli at outreach events, raise funds, and give their services and precious time to sustain Saheli’s mission to empower South Asian women and…

Saheli Volunteer Uma Venkatraman Shares Her Experience

  Volunteer Uma Venkatraman shares her experience facilitating our workshops about gender issues and domestic violence and connecting with the participants.  “One of my highlights of volunteering with Saheli has been working on curriculum development for workshops about gender and domestic violence. Curriculum development and facilitation have been interests of mine for the past few years…

Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program Introduces ‘Meri Saheli’

By Saheli Volunteer, Nikita Singhal Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) strives to support low-income families and female survivors of domestic violence in gaining economic self-sufficiency. The diagram below, taken from Saheli’s website, illustrates the four major services offered by Saheli: financial assistance, educational courses, mentor programs and career planning. Since the organization’s successful Nirbhaya Gala…

Volunteers Needed to help with Computers 101 in Quincy!

Volunteers Requests for Computers 101 Do you use computers? Are you looking to utilize your time helping others? Would you like to learn something new or make more friends and get to know your community? Saheli is looking for volunteers for the following 2 spring session classes in Quincy. Commit to 4, 6, 8 or…

Vigil held for victims of domestic abuse

(originally published in Community Advocate on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015) Shrewsbury – A candlelight vigil was held on Shrewsbury Common Oct. 15 to remember those who have been victims of domestic violence. Local leaders, clergy and residents joined co-hosts from the Against Domestic Violence in Shrewsbury Education (ADVISE) project and Saheli, which advocates for South…

The Role of Saheli’s Domestic Violence Advocates

Saheli has ten trained domestic violence advocates, who assist South Asian women experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.  It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels….

Join Saheli’s New Volunteer Writers Group

Aims: To use writing as a tool for highlighting gender issues within the South Asian community including, but not limited to gender identity, gender violence, survivor support, and healthy relationships. To educate and spread awareness of these issues amongst the South Asian population in specific, and general population at large. Through this writing group, we…