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Saheli Celebrates 20 Years Of Service

Ranjani Saigal

Saheli, an organization that works to support victims of domestic violence celebrated 20 years of service.  

“This idea was initiated in 1996 when I was President of the India Association of Greater Boston,” said Kaplesh Kumar who was invited to speak about the history.  Saheli, an offshoot of IAGB, has focused its attention on serving the needs of women who are victims of violence. 

“It is a sad reality that the demand for our services are growing,” said Dr. Gauri Banerjee, who is one of the founders of this initiative.  Saheli has several volunteers and a few paid domestic violence advocate. “I was looking to work in the field of supporting women when I heard about this organization. I joined it many years ago and have never looked back,” says Rita Shah, who is one of the very dedicated DV advocates.

State Rep Kenneth Gordon attended the event and spoke about his passion for the cause. “As a lawyer I have had the opportunity to work with a south Asian immigrant family and have learned much about the issues facing the community.  I am committed to advancing policy that will help provide state support for organizations like yours working to help victims of domestic violence.” 

Several programs like the work in Watertown to help Pastun girls go on to college was discussed. Saheli has a group of young volunteers working on a variety of projects.

Kumkum Mallik offered a vote of thanks and urged people to support the cause.  

For more information on Saheli, please visit their website at http://saheliboston.org/.

(Photo credits: Neil Pandit/Neil Pandit Photography. )

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