Apna Ghar (Our House/Home) is a Chicago nonprofit offering holistic services and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. I’m getting ready to send them a box of children’s books. As is the case in matters of domestic violence, the lives of children are oftenintertwined with the lives of the women who receive services from this organization.
A key principle in the work of Apna Ghar is that of cultural humility. It reminded me of physician, teacher, and writer Sayantani DasGupta’s work on narrative humility. See her archived guest post on my old blog site.
From time to time, I feel as if I’m writing into the void. The work seems impossible and hopelessly beyond my reach. At such times, it’s worth reminding myself that all I can really do is listen with my pen.