Hanifa Hameed x SAADA

Arrival

Artwork inspired by the story of Lakshmy Parameswaran's first day in the United States.

Artist Introduction

Hanifa Hameed

Hanifa Hameed is a UI UX designer by day and illustrator by night.ย She is inspired by her love for color, strong women, fashion, and culture.

My name is Lakshmy Parameswaran.

"When I left, I was wearing a silk sari and I was all full of smiles; when I arrived here, my sari was in tatters and my shoes were biting, you know, the shoe bites, so my legs were full of sores. I couldn't even walk, I was limping. And I was practically in tears."

Hanifa Hameed's artwork for "Arrival" was inspired by Lakshmy Parameswaran's story of her journey to the United States in 1973, when she was 24 years old.

My first day

Lakshmy Parameswaran

Lakshmy talks about her journey to the United States and how her sari ended up in tatters.

Daya, Inc.

Lakshmy Parameswaran is one of the founders of Daya, Inc., established in 1996 to serve South Asian victims of family violence.

Daya's mission is to empower South Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence through culturally specific services and to educate the community in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

Founding Daya, Inc.

Lakshmy Parameswaran

Lakshmy talks about the founding of Daya, Inc., which serves South Asian victims of family violence.

First Days Project

SAADA's First Days Project shares more than 500 stories from immigrants and refugees about their very first experiences in the United States.

The Interviewer

Kamala Gururaja

Kamala is currently a freshman in high school and interviewed Lakshmy for SAADA's First Days Project.

Hanifa Hameed x SAADA

Arrival

Hanifa Hameed's new collection for SAADA, inspired by the story of Lakshmy Parameswaran's journey to the United States.

About the artwork

Hanifa Hameed

Hanifa talks about her approach to the artwork.

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