“I want to give my children a good life and a good future someday. My daughter wants to be a teacher and my son wants to be a policeman. We wish to be a happy family, for a better life and to make a good world.”

joyfulJoyful – not her real name by the way – was a domestic helper in Singapore before she came to be a resident of the Good Shepherd Centre, a shelter for women who have suffered violence and abuse.

She kindly agreed to have her hands portrayed by Marina Aarts Photography for the Hand-in-Hand Project. Normally no one is allowed to take photos of the residents at Good Shepherd for (obvious) safety reasons, but with the Hand-in-Hand project the girls happily modeled their hands making different gestures with different meanings. These pictures were then used for the printing of four beautiful greeting cards that are currently for sale with NCA.