Your hands are so small
yet in three weeks they have become my world
you can hold a universe between your finger and thumb
you are the sum of e v e r y t h i n g
and then you sung!
you spoke and projected for all to hear
I felt so proud
and you danced and you smiled
and you showed no fear
when many twice your size would have cowered
full to the brim of aspirations and surprises
we shared few words but each minute spoke thousands
sores on your hands only make us hold them tighter
it breaks my heart over
when your sisters said they wish they were whiter
Because I have never seen so many beautiful souls
How much of a hold you have, I doubt you will ever know
9 hearts captivated by three weeks in your presence
Your small hands are the seeds of change and promise you will be allowed to grow
Be allowed to flourish and bask in a society that respects you as much as we do
Anything we do from now, we do it because of you
I made a JustGiving page in preperation for going to India next year in August. It seems really far away right now but I’m sure after the new year things will happen quickly!
My JustGiving page
I’ll try to keep the page really up to date. The first confirmed fundraising event is an absail down my university’s tallest building in April! I want to organize lots of other events too.
Have a lovely festive few weeks everyone, eat lots of food and relax wherever you are
This August, myself and a group of other students will be going to Ahmednagar for three weeks, to volunteer with Snehalaya.
Snehalaya is a charity based in India which started in 1989, and now have a base in London as of last year.
Their efforts go towards ‘supporting women, children and LGBT to find a safe exit point from poverty and the commercial sex industry’.
We’ll be going for three weeks, during which time we’ll be working at the long-term shelter for women and children which provides residential accommodation, education and healthcare to just above 300 children and 40 women.
The centre is Snehalaya’s flagship project but they have such a broad scope and are involved in many projects which all are amazing to read about.
I’ll post more about it over the next coming months, but I’m hoping to organize some events in Leeds, and make a few zines to fund raise 🙂
here’s a couple links if you want to find out more about Snehalaya:
Who are Snehalaya?
What do they hope to do?
The long-term shelter
Their Instagram + Facebook