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Shadhika has kept the integrity of our grantmaking intact to make sure the communities we serve are not impacted anymore then they already have by this global pandemic – and this was all thanks to you.

Holiday Appeal

December 14, 2020

Watch or read Executive Director My Lo Cook’s message.


Friends of Shadhika, I hope you are well, safe, and healthy, and that you loved ones are as well. On behalf of the board and staff here to Shadhika, I would like to extend our most heartfelt wishes to those of you observing the holidays this season. To say that this is an unusual holiday season would be an understatement. Many of us have less now than we started the year with. That includes money, relationships, spaces for community – for support and comfort – and all of the other important things that would normally connect us. Many of us are far away from family and we must stay away, so that next year we can all celebrate at the same table together again. While it’s been a year of much loss from so many of us, what we have not lost this year and what is front of mind for us at Shadhika during the season, is the power of the new year to regenerate energy, the hope to renew our commitment to gender equity in India. There is so much potential for rebirth with the start of a new year – we believe so firmly in that. 

But 2020 is not over yet, and we still need your help to finish strong. Like many organizations this year, Shadhika is behind in our fundraising. But unlike other funders, we have not backed away from our commitment to our partners and our program participants. Where other donors have already withdrawn, Shadhika has kept the integrity of our grantmaking intact to make sure the communities we serve are not impacted anymore then they already have by this global pandemic – and this was all thanks to you.

But the work is not done yet. Instead more challenges are looming ahead. Our scholars need computers and data plans to access remote learning. Our partners need funding to be able to provide material and emotional support to the young women in their programs and their families who are under tremendous duress. So please, if you haven’t already, give – and give as generously as you can in this moment. You can give on our website, on our social media, or with a check in the mail. Please visit us at shadhika.org/donate to find out all the ways that you can make your donation with one click of a button. We are in full planning mode to make sure we harness the renewed energy of our new year to continue our work in 2021. Help us make sure that the progress that Shadhika has supported over the years is not wiped out in one year. We can only do this with you, so thank you.

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