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SEWA-AIFW awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation

Grant supports safe and welcoming communities.

Minneapolis, Minn. —July 1, 2019. The non-profit organization SEWA-AIFW received a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help create and nurture more connected, resilient and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to reach their full health potential. SEWA-AIFW is committed to total family wellness for the South Asian community in MN, a main area of need being domestic abuse and violence. SEWA-AIFW will work with other community organizations to develop and implement programs meant to raise awareness and create systematic change to help end the cycle of domestic violence in the South Asian community.

SEWA-AIFW’s grant is one of eighteen grants awarded to Minnesota nonprofits working to create safe, welcoming, and connected communities.

“We are pleased to support the great work of SEWA-AIFW. When we come together with communities, listen to their experience, and support their efforts, communities can become safer, more connected, and more welcoming. The benefit is more than short-term: it’s a cornerstone of lifelong health,” said Board Chair Dr. Craig Samitt, who also serves as CEO and President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

“We are excited to use this grant to further our efforts in raising awareness for and reducing domestic violence in the South Asian Community. We are thrilled that BCBS of MN is recognizing our efforts and giving us this wonderful opportunity to make real, positive change.” -Raj Chaudhary, Executive Director of SEWA-AIFW

Formed in 2004, SEWA-AIFW is a non-governmental, nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to bringing total family wellness to the South Asian community. In addition to domestic abuse and violence, SEWA-AIFW also focuses on health care initiatives and senior care programs.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation makes a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving conditions where people live, learn, work and play, awarding more than $55 million to over 500 nonprofits since it was established in 1986. For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit www.bluecrossmnfoundation.org.


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