Update: Safety for Refugee Families
Posted on November 6, 2018 by Healthy Baby Network
Thank you to all who have donated to our Safety for Refugee Families project!
We sent one volunteer, Lesley Kroupa, to Folkston, Georgia.
Read about Lesley’s experience here.
Executive Director, Lauren Deutsch worked in Dilley, Texas.
Lauren served 54 mothers. Read more about her experience and a poem she wrote about her experience here.
We’re sending 3 volunteers to Karnes City, Texas.
We’re sending 5 volunteers to Karnes City, Texas and 11 volunteers to Dilley, Texas
We’re sending 5 volunteers to Dilley, Texas.
The Room Where They Say the Names
There is a room in South Texas where they call out names.
Names like poetry. Names like lullabies.
Glorious names, rolling off the tongue in a sing song of their native Spanish.
Or else grating against the blunt edge of an American accent, but converted nonetheless into music by their inherent melody.
The names echo across a room with off-white walls, in a large modular building, with a layer of red brown dirt tracked in from the endless open mud field just outside.
Bodies move through, a rainbow of sweat pants and sweatshirts in primary colors.
Neon yellow. Fire engine red. Royal blue. Hot pink.
I say a name like a promise, and a pair of eyes look up.
A hand is tentatively raised. You approach me slowly.
Come with me a while.
I am the unearned keeper of your confidence.
Because we have met like this, and I am me, and you are you, you confess to me.
I see you. I hear you.
Though the power and the courage are yours, I borrow them awhile so I can have the strength to listen.
And we won’t meet again. In your rainbow clothes. In this off white room, with a layer of red brown dirt on the floor.
But I want you to know, it has been my privilege to say your beautiful name.
– Lauren S. Deutsch, Esq.
Dilley, Texas 2018
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