Saheli October Newsletter 2015
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Highlights from Nirbhaya, Saheli's Annual Gala!

From the Editor’s Desk

By Sreemoti Mukerjee Roy

Dear Saheli Well-Wishers and Donor,
Thank you for your generous support of our fundraising gala, Nirbhaya, held on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Waltham Westin Hotel. We truly appreciate your enthusiastic endorsement of Saheli’s fight against domestic violence. If you want to read even more about Nirbhaya, please click here
Nirbhaya Volunteer Team

Your donation makes all the difference. A ticket, an advertisement, a sponsorship, a pledge, a volunteered hour, all impact someone’s life and for the better. Fifty dollars buys materials and training for someone learning a job-finding skill. A hundred dollars defrays travel costs to courts and health professionals. Five hundred dollars goes toward a rental deposit. A thousand dollars helps two families to buy winter clothing. The hours you give to reach out, to translate, to link survivors with services, all contribute toward helping someone survive.
Our success stories are because of your active partnership with Saheli. It is because of you that we can continue to forge ahead with our mission, to reach out to South Asians trapped in abusive homes, and offer them a safe passage to an abuse-free life and economic empowerment.
In the coming year, Saheli looks forward to continuing the conversation with you. Our plan is to strengthen our services and increase training opportunities for our staff and volunteers. We also plan to expand our Board and invite you to join us to empower more survivors to become truly Nirbhaya- free of violence.
With Warm Regards,
Saheli Board & Staff
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Upcoming Events

Fall Computer Classes Begin Oct 28th!

Computer proficiency is one of the most important tools for regaining independence and seeking a job. Saheli provides free computer classes in Quincy every week on Wednesdays from 6-8pm. Click here for more information.

Fall Support Group Starts Oct 28th!

Please join us every  Wednesday from 6-8pm at Saheli's new office. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more information. 

Saheli relies on your support to provide crucial services to South Asian women and families in need. 

Saheli Reaches Fundraising Goal for Nirbhaya!

We are thrilled to announce Saheli reached its fundraising goal for the event, generating a gross revenue of $80,000 before expenses. This funding will support building our economic empowerment and survivor support services in the MA community. To hear the words of Nirbhaya gala committee co-chairs Anu Chitrapu and Dr. Manju Sheth please click here.
Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program supports South Asian women in need to:
  • Further their education, including attending nursing school or taking courses at local Universities
  • Increase independence by placing rental deposits and creating their own safe living space
  • Provide for their children and buy food and winter clothing
  • Take driver’s education courses
  • Get legal support
  • Pay for transportation costs to attend a court hearing
...and much more!
To learn how the Economic Empowerment Program supported Sujina, click here

A Special Thank You!

In addition to those attended the Gala and pledged to support Saheli services, our organization wants to recognize the many people who made the Nirbhaya fundraiser so successful and who put in an incredible amount of work leading up to and during the event.

Representative from our sponsor Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

We would like to thank the co-chairs of the Nirbhaya committee: Anu Chitrapu and Dr. Manju Sheth. They tirelessly fundraised and coordinated for the event and it would not have been possible without their efforts. We would also like to appreciate all the work of the Nirbhaya Gala Volunteer Team: Usha Vakil, Gouri Banerjee, Mariya Taher, Shobha Shastry, Shikha Bajpai, Sumana Bhat, Lata Rao, Bindu Chamarthi, Charu Agarwal, Kavitha Sivasailam, Eshani Shah, Neelam Wali, Sweta Mepani, Joya Banerjee, Viveka Devadas, Twinkle Morbia Gautam, Sapna Aggarwal, Rekha Palriwala, Razia Mashkoor, Seema Shenoy, and Mr. Upendra Mishra. They did an incredible job preparing for and putting on this event. Lastly, we want to acknowledge the efforts of additional people from the Saheli team including Rita Shah and interns Shaleen Sheth and Uma Venkatraman. Thank you all for your generous support.
Read more about our volunteers and their perspective on volunteering here!
We would especially like to recognize our many sponsors for opening their hearts and providing the funding needed to support South Asian women and families to live healthy lives free of violence.



Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Geeta & Kamesh Aiyer
Rama Ramakrishnan and Anu Chitrapu
Iron Mountain
Gouri & Gora Banerjee
Rita & Rajesh Shah
Sujana Chalasani
Madavi & Gaugarin Oliver
DJ Yogz
Shobha Shastry
Masala Art
Sushil Tuli
Niru Bhatia
Pratima & Venkat Srinivasan
Pradip Tandon
Bela Chandhok
Usha & Govind Vakil
Nakul Vakil & Karem Harth
Nalini & Raj Sharma
Additional Sponsors
India New England Multimedia
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Tony Rodriguez
Sweta & Chetan Mepani
Suringder & Paul Mohan
Neelam & Anupam Wali
*Please note, we have only listed the sponsors whose contributions we have already received. If you contacted us to offer sponsorship but do not see your name listed here, we may not have received your contribution yet. Please let us know by e-mailing

Honored Guest Deb Goldberg, MA State Treasurer, Keynotes Nirbhaya Gala

MA State Treasurer and Saheli's Keynote Speaker, Deb Goldberg

Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, our guest of honor, opened the Nirbhaya fundraiser that evening. Goldberg took office in January of this year and expressed her specific interest in collaborating with nonprofits that work with women, children, and families. In her speech, Goldberg highlighted the work of Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program, which works to provide financial assistance and independence to survivors of domestic violence. She also let the attendees know that she’s hoping to attend future Saheli’s fundraising gala to show her continued support for our organization’s mission. 

Women of the World’s Shining Performance

A performance by Women of the World, an all-woman band from Berklee College of music, was a highlight of the evening. The group comprises of Ayumi Ueda, Giorgia Renosto, Annette Philip, and Débórah Pierre. These four powerful performers have created a unique blend of international sounds and their work, sound, and mission directly falls in line with Saheli’s own mission. Women of the World reveals the importance of music within anti-violence work. As South Asian member Annette Philip said at the event, “We look forward to continuing to support your mission to eradicate domestic violence through music, storytelling, and community building work.”

Read more about Women of the World.
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