For the Betterment of Women By Rao Chalasani

Sakhi for South Asian Women is a charitable organization in the NY metropolitan area that helps women dealing with domestic abuse in the South Asian community. Founded in 1989, Sakhi’s mission is to offer information, family support services, and legal assistance to those in need. The organization mobilizes the South Asian community and all people in the New Jersey and New York area in order to identify and condemn the abusers and underlying problems that lead to domestic abuse.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund (SCEEF) was created in collaboration with Sakhi to provide scholarships to women who are struggling economically and socially. Since 2003, the SCEEF has disbursed thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to qualified candidates for continuing education and vocational training.

About the Author

Rao Chalasani is a senior technology executive at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. He founded the SCEEF in honor of his late sister Swarna, who perished in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.