“I wantlovely to save money from work and have a restaurant, and be happy in my family. My son is 6, his favorite subject is Math. Maybe he can become a doctor.”

Lovely – not her real name by the way – aspires to a better life for her children through her hard work as a domestic helper. She worked 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.