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Help Launch “Project Khesi” Engaging Sikh Boys & Men!

A project of Sikh Family Center
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Clovis, California, US
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Help Launch “Project Khesi” Engaging Sikh Boys & Men!

What is Project Khesi?

Khesi translates from Punjabi to a type of warm blanket, especially worn by men. “Project Khesi: Weaving Warmth and Safety,” will specifically and intentionally call in (versus “call out”) men & boys, often not included in discussions around ending gender-based violence. 

Through its warmth, Project Khesi will not only raise issues of gendered violence in our families that otherwise proliferate in shadows, but also create an ongoing conversation to intervene on unhealthy dynamics, preferably before they become a vicious cycle. 

Why should you support Project Khesi? 

To stop cycles of violence before they start! To intervene on cycles before they worsen!

  • We need multi-pronged, whole-family, whole-kaum solutions. 
  • We must understand and address the root of violence without excusing any violence.
  • We recognize that engaging men is not the same as disinvesting from women.
  • We are following the lead of the survivors we serve: in the past 14 years so many have told us that they wished someone would work with the boys and men in an organized, safe way.

We see how gender biases HURT boys and men, while also giving them messages of superiority. This combination is often at the root of the violence boys and men end up perpetrating, that further causes cycles of harm.

All initiatives under the umbrella of Project Khesi will seek to call in more boys and men as well as mainstream the idea that conflict management, conflict resolution, healthy communication, and parenting are skills that can be developed towards positive cultural change: hurt people do not always hurt other people, provided they get the right opportunities, commitment and support. 

Let’s amplify that conversation today!

What will funds be used towards?

Hiring a Project Manager (Job Description) who will work on  the development, dissemination, evaluation of new initiatives under Project Khesi, including:

  • Male focused listening/Suniyae circles 
  • Videos to promote healthy Sikh masculinity
  • Launching an anonymous men's survey on "Generational Violence" to gather input, needs, evidence and strength around all-gender, multigenerational project.
  • Creating parenting workshops/resources starting from pre-K ages

The engagement will be best received by males, when the messaging is by a male, comfortable and equipped to work on gender justice, in collaboration with Kaurs (all our current staff and leadership).


Help us push our efforts to the next level and continue to bring positive change in our community! 

  • 04/25/2024

    Meet Our New Project Manager!

    Sikh Family Center is thrilled to announce our new Project Manager, Manjot Singh Matharu, who will lead prevention education initiatives under Project Khesi.  Our team is excited to work alongside Manjot as he cultivates healthy expressions of masculinity within the Sikh Community.

    Manjot brings enthusiasm, energy, and his authentic self into this role, intentionally calling in Sikh men & boys, often overlooked in discussions about gender-based violence. Get to know this talented Singh!

    The work has only begun! 
    We are focusing on expanding prevention programming that carries conversations intervening on unhealthy dynamics, preferably before they become a vicious cycle of violence. 

    Currently we are developing the following initiatives: 

    • Male focused listening/Suniyae circle to capture unique community experiences
    • Educational videos to promote healthy Sikh masculinity
    • An anonymous men's survey on "Generational Violence" to gather input, needs, evidence and strength around all-gender, multigenerational projects

    We are grateful for our generous supporters that helped us expand our staff capacity to better serve the community. Thank you for your contributions towards growing Project Khesi, giving us confidence in advancing our culture-change work. 

  • 01/23/2024

    Your Dasvandh Drives Our Progress

    As we raise funding for this position, we have been overjoyed to receive applications--after searching far and wide and encouraging diverse applicants! 

    We are in the final rounds of interviews, and looking forward to introducing our new staff member in February!

    Check out our Community Advocate from Chicago & other dedicated sevadaars share why Project Khesi matters.  

Name Donation Date
I. S. $22.50 May 2024
S. K. $25.00 May 2024
I. S. $50.00 May 2024
A. M. $17.00 April 2024
S. K. $25.00 April 2024
I. S. $22.50 April 2024
I. S. $50.00 April 2024
A. M. $17.00 March 2024
I. S. $22.50 March 2024
S. K. $25.00 March 2024
I. S. $50.00 March 2024
A. M. $17.00 February 2024
I. S. $22.50 February 2024
S. K. $25.00 February 2024
I. S. $50.00 February 2024
A. M. $17.00 January 2024
I. S. $50.00 January 2024
Anonymous $100.00 January 2024
Anonymous $25.00 December 2023
Gurpreet Machra $500.00 December 2023
Anonymous $1,100.00 December 2023
A. M. $17.00 December 2023
I. S. $22.50 December 2023
S. K. $25.00 December 2023
I. S. $50.00 December 2023
Anonymous $120.00 November 2023
A. M. $17.00 November 2023
I. S. $22.50 November 2023
O. T. $100.00 November 2023
S. K. $25.00 November 2023
Maryam Irfan $50.00 November 2023
Navraj Kaler $15.00 November 2023
Anonymous $25.00 November 2023
Sahaj Anand $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $150.00 November 2023
Ishmeet Singh $50.00 November 2023
Anonymous $250.00 November 2023
Match Fund $10.00 November 2023
Anonymous $10.00 November 2023
Match Fund $100.00 November 2023
Harpreet Neelam $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Sheena Kohli $500.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Anonymous $500.00 November 2023
Match Fund $200.00 November 2023
Anonymous $200.00 November 2023
Jessica Teji $250.00 November 2023
Match Fund $100.00 November 2023
T. K. $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $100.00 November 2023
Kari Rudd $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
S. K. $2,500.00 November 2023
Match Fund $36.00 November 2023
Olga Tomchin $36.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Nitasha Sawhney $500.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Jasmine Hanjrah $500.00 November 2023
Match Fund $200.00 November 2023
A. S. $200.00 November 2023
Match Fund $100.00 November 2023
Anonymous $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $200.00 November 2023
Anonymous $200.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Anonymous $850.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
P. S. $2,500.00 November 2023
Anonymous $400.00 November 2023
Match Fund $200.00 November 2023
Jalmeen Arora $200.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Anonymous $850.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Amrita Hanjrah $2,100.00 November 2023
A. M. $11.34 October 2023
I. S. $15.00 October 2023
S. K. $16.68 October 2023

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