Over the last 25 years, Sakhi has directly served adult female survivors of domestic violence; up to 90% of these women have children.
This December, we launch our first Youth Program workshop dedicated to supporting the children of the survivors of domestic violence who come to Sakhi. The program activities will be lead by our newest team member, Maneesha Mukhi.
The first workshop will engage youth between the ages of 11 – 13, to visualize and articulate their dreams and goals, through a series of creative story-telling techniques. Through this exercise, we hope to engage the youth in the act of broadening horizons.
Over the course of the next year, we will host workshops to assist students maneuver school, and prep for SAT and college. Over time we will have more focused discussions on dating violence, gender roles, sex and sexuality.
“The children of survivors are as isolated as their mothers, and unable to access supportive resources,” says Maneesha. “After 25 years of working with women, seeing the needs of their children, and recognizing the unique access we have as a trusted space, we have grown our program to be responsive to these young people.”