by Cassie Jones, Media Intern
In 1989, a group of five women came together to protest the long-standing silence of domestic violence in the South Asian Community. Out of their vision for change was born an organization named Sakhi. Meaning “woman friend” in many South Asian languages, Sakhi exists to end violence against women. Twenty years later, these women and countless others who have joined the effort are still involved with Sakhi’s visionary work.
Sakhi volunteers have grown along with the organization enabling partnerships and facilitating dialogue on the issues surrounding domestic violence. Participating in the advocacy and outreach, informs a volunteer’s understanding of the challenges and rewards of Sakhi’s work. Neeta Singh, a recently trained volunteer, reinforces this claim when she articulates the work as “[the] most emotionally trying but also the most satisfying.” Through the commitment of multi-talented volunteers, Sakhi has engaged the local community in its mission.
Today, Sakhi still inspires new advocates to continue the legacy in the spirit of volunteerism with which the organization was founded. We have 96 active volunteers who generously donate their time and energy and gain perspective. Jacqueline Latif, a volunteer, has been transformed by her experience at Sakhi: “I can certainly say that the women I have met have impacted me. I am constantly struck by the strength and beauty and hope that each of these women radiate, despite their circumstances.”
Join the Sakhi family; become a volunteer; establish a partnership in the South Asian community and raise awareness of the issues impacting survivors of violence today to encourage others to lead a life without fear.