Sakhi hosted its holiday survivors and their children on January 31st, providing an atmosphere of relaxation and entertainment on a Saturday afternoon as well as a chance to meet and chat with staff, interns, and volunteers.
A total of 29 survivors and 46 children attended the event, as did five volunteers.
Alpana Patel, Sakhi’s Domestic Violence Intern, helped to coordinate and manage the event. She said she appreciated the opportunity to interface with survivors in an informal setting.
“Social events such as the Winter Party provide the much-needed space for women to share their experiences and to be each other’s ‘Sakhi,’ or ‘woman friend,’” she commented.
Sarah Crist, Sakhi’s Development Associate who came on board in November of last year, observed, “It is inspiring to see women and children together relaxing and enjoying themselves. I was able to meet a number of them and learn some names,” adding, “One woman even taught me the recipe for rice pudding.”
Sakhi served lunch in the form of Desi food along with the all-American favorite of cheese pizza. We also made available snacks and offered cake as dessert.
Holding the party for the first time in a space larger than previous accommodations, some children freely roamed about with balloons—endeavoring either to share or pop them—while others engaged in arts and crafts.
At the end of the party, each child took home a set of toys thanks to the generosity of community members and corporate support.