Donor Highlight: Yogi Rana of Billerica
By Anita Ganesan, Saheli Volunteer
Yogi Rana is the owner and one of the DJâ€™s of Boston Sound and Light Company, an Indian based entertainment and audio-visual company and also one of the key donors for the organization Saheli, Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families.
â€œI have a motto wherein, you can only provide happiness to others if you are happy yourself. Five years ago I may not have had the financial capacity to help this organization, but I certainly donated my time in helping them with their annual charity functions,â€ says Rana about what made him start donating his time and money to Saheli.
He goes on to say, "I have personally witnessed Saheli working, and thatâ€™s when I had no association to it at all. After getting to know the board, the volunteers, and even the donors, Iâ€™ve realized that this charity is like a family. The message of Saheli is simple, innocent and for the good. More than helping women, it empowers all of us that represent the Indian community to respect and love each other."
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Volunteer Memory: Uma Venkatraman Shares her Saheli Volunteer Experience
By Uma Venkatraman
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 but I was excited to learn how to discuss these themes within the South Asian community. Through my time with Saheli, I was able to not only have these conversations, but also to consider how to facilitate workshops and create interactive activities that addressed these topics. I specifically remember working on a gender workshop with a fellow volunteer, Janhavi, in which we aimed to discuss gender identity with members of the Saheli team. The participants in the workshop reflected on the way that gender was discussed in their childhood, the specific gender roles they were taught, and how their perception of gender norms has changed since then. I appreciated that we were able to connect gender issues with South Asian history and explore the way that gender is discussed in the South Asian community--and it was an amazing experience to be in a South Asian space where people shared personal anecdotes. I look forward to hopefully being involved with similar events in the future!" To read more, click here.