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Headlined By Nandita Das, Maitri Celebrates 33 Years Of Service

Headlined By Nandita Das, Maitri Celebrates 33 Years Of Service

Headlined By Nandita Das, Maitri Celebrates 33 Years Of Service

Photo: Nandita Das

India-West Staff Reporter

PALO ALTO, CA – Maitri marked its 33rd anniversary with a successful gala on March 2, 2024, uniting luminaries, advocates, and philanthropists in an evening resonating with hope, empowerment, and transformation.

The gala featured a vibrant display of color, art, music, and dance, leaving attendees inspired. Long-time supporters and new community members, discovering Maitri for the first time, came together to generously support our mission, raising over $600K despite the challenging global circumstances.

Photo: Board Members

The funds will fortify Maitri’s comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, aiding them in choosing a nonviolent future and rebuilding their lives without fear. Additionally, Maitri remains committed to awareness-building and prevention efforts within the South Asian community, the organization said in a press release.

The pinnacle of the night was a heartwarming talk by Nandita Das, a renowned actress, director, and advocate for human rights and social justice. Das shared insights and experiences, urging guests to embrace their roles as change agents in creating a more equitable and compassionate world.

A highlight of the evening was a performance by the Ishami Dance Company, whose choreography conveyed a powerful message of resilience and unity. Through graceful movements and captivating expressions, the dancers took the audience on a journey of introspection and hope.

Photo: Team Maitri

The gala also featured a silent auction with exclusive items donated by supporters and partners. Guests bid on each item, and the proceeds contribute to Maitri’s vital initiatives.

Dr. Geetha Krishnamurthy, President of Maitri, expressed gratitude to gala attendees and invited them to join the movement against domestic violence. Emphasizing collaboration with local schools, businesses, and community organizations, she highlighted the importance of education in preventing future instances of abuse.

As the night concluded, attendees left with renewed determination to champion the values of compassion, equality, and justice.

Maitri, a free, confidential nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area, assists South Asian survivors facing domestic violence, regardless of gender, age, faith, or immigration status. In 33 years, the organization has responded to over 60,000 helpline calls, served almost 8,000 survivors, dispersed over a million dollars in empowerment grants and loans, operated a fully occupied Transitional House for over 25 years, and advocated actively for policy change.  For more information: www.maitri.org, and the toll-free helpline is 1-888-862-4874 (1 888 8 MAITRI).

Photos by: Cynthia Pillay and Santhosh Karnewar.

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