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