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June 5, 2014

A brand new website just in time for the launch of our latest art show in Vancouver! The old website that was cut and pasted together over DWP's first 4 years has finally been put out to pasture. A huge thanks goes out to Salomeh Jalali for donating her time, energy an...

May 3, 2014

Not long after meeting Hema a few years ago, Kane told me Hema was once the prettiest girl in all of Saki Naka; a fact she told anyone who would listen. So beautiful, she proclaimed, that she had to beat men away with a bamboo stick just to get some time alone.

Up until...

March 13, 2014

Please, come in. Sit down. Will you take coffee? I want you to stay as long as you like. We can talk about things and enjoy each others company. An extra chair was quickly brought in to the office for Todd to sit on. Indu and I had already perched ourselves on the two...

February 15, 2014

Eight year old Sneha skipped down the lane way toward her home, her tiny feet deftly avoiding the puddles formed by women scouring pots and washing clothes. Moving quickly out of Sneha’s way, a wiry balding cat scattered into a dark doorway and a wide-eyed baby stopped...

January 13, 2014

Indu, our friend and DWP employee, became a mother for the first time on July 2, 2013 in Mumbai, India.  Her beautiful daughter Agya was born prematurely (two months early) weighing just 1.75 kilograms (2.2 lbs.). Indu and I sat down one day and I peppered her with que...

December 9, 2013

"Where will  you see sleep tonight?"

I asked this question to eleven-year-old Suman, who was surrounded by her two younger brothers, her friend Rani, and a well-tended, friendly baby goat belonging to Rahul. The children's legs and bare feet were coated in patterned dus...

February 19, 2013

It's finally here!!!

After 3 years of work which included assistance from numerous people who donated their time to taste test recipes, offer editing expertise and the time-consuming work of designing the book, (huge thanks to Nicole Sims (Coley Sims Creative)...

September 24, 2012

Maya is so tiny. Still under 80 pounds and she is six months pregnant with her fourth child. But there has been progress (She has gained almost 20 lbs in the last 7 weeks) and the sustained hope that with four women watching over her she will deliver a healthy child fr...

June 6, 2012


Ruksar, with the baby planted firmly on her hip, pointed to the pot sitting on the floor. I glanced down at the thick, brown liquid sticking to the sides of the pot and noticed bits of fish floating on the oily surface and then my eyes moved slowly around th...

April 25, 2012


Avoiding the brown door with the small cut out window rimmed in black challenges all of us. We walk by it a hundred times a day but never purposely linger in front of it, moving to the left or the right, ignoring the pain for another day. Ranjana, gripping t...

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