When we created Awaaz San Antonio 9 years ago, we knew that we will need the community’s whole hearted support to be successful in our mission. Every year we have been becoming more convinced of the importance of community involvement in achieving our goals. Heartfelt thanks to the following organizations for promoting our mission with Awaaz video presentations and information at their events this year. They also showcased a Bharat Natyam dance depicting Domestic violence and empowerment of women choreographed by the Aarthi School of dance.
1) India Association of San Antonio. Special thanks to Usha Uvalu, Santanu Das and the Diwali team.
2) Diwali SA – special thanks to Kausi Subramanium, DiwaliSA team and the City of San Antonio.
3) San Antonio Bengali Cultural Community – special thanks to Avanti, Sanjay Sen and Jayanta.
4) San Antonio Maharashtra Mandal – special thanks to Vithalbhai Kulkarni and team.
5) San Antonio Tamil Sangam – special thanks to Karthikeyan
6) Aarthi School of Indian Dance and their talented students, Anjali and Niya
CREEF (Community Responsibility Endowment Fund)Awaaz was proud and humbled to receive two grants last month. The CREEF (Community Responsibility Endowment Fund) grant administered by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, TX, will expand the training of training volunteers. The volunteers will advocate within the community with information on recognizing domestic violence, and centers where victims can reach out for help. The training includes attending training courses offered by the San Antonio Police Department.
Alice Kleberg Foundation grant
The Alice Kleberg Foundation grant will facilitate the expansion of various services provided by Awaaz. In particular, the confidential helpline, cultural education and outreach by advertising can reach out to the community by their presence on social media. It also increases the ability to assist victims of domestic violence with counseling and legal services.