It’ just over a week since Dahn asked me to go to Kokata, India to teach the women there, who are victims of sex trafficking, to sew potholders. And today, between paypal, the mail and Indiegogo, I’ve received the $6000. that I asked for to make the trip to India possible for me.
I am stunned and awed by it all. The outpouring of support has had me in tears on and off for days. Jon has been writing about it more than I have. He’s so much quicker at the keyboard than I am and while he and I have been talking this all through, I haven’t had a chance to write about it much. Not about the impact it’s already had on me. I’ll get to it, it just takes me longer to understand what I’m feeling and then be able to put it into words.
But Jon did write about many of the things we’ve been talking about and he wrote about it beautifully (as he does) this morning. You can read it here.
For me, for now, I would like to thank all the generous people who have supported my trip to India. Not only with money, but with your thoughtful and encouraging messages.
I’m going to keep my Indiegogo campaign, Using Art to Help Sex Workers In India running so people can continue to contribute if they want to. Any money I receive, above the money I need for my expenses for the trip, I will use in the best way possible to donate to the women I’ll be working with in Kolkata. Whether it goes to supplies for their work or to a project I come across while I’m there that seems worthy or to individuals in need. I’ll be working on all of this with Dahn Gandell, who helped found the project and has experience in what is most needed and how the money can best be used.
And, of course, I’ll keep you all updated on what’s happening every step of the way.
So thank you all, again, so very much.