Generation Centraide



“I’m from India, I came to Canada in 2004. Before, I spoke no English and no French. Between 2005 and 2013, I worked in the airport, packing food for the airplanes, I didn’t need to speak. Because I didn’t speak English or French, my husband took all the money from me. I worked for 16$ an hour, my husband took it all, he wouldn’t give me one dollar. My husband was a big problem. I called my family, my family called the police in Canada, and the police came to my home and picked me and my children up. One was still in my tummy. I stayed six months in a woman center, my baby was born there. The woman center helped me find an apartment, and I came to Côte-des-Neiges. I don’t have friends here; my husband wouldn’t let me talk to other people. Even when I called my family, he would put the speaker on and listen to the conversation. Now that I come here [at Baobab Familial], this is my family. Sometimes I’m sad, I come here, I talk a little bit of French, a little bit of English, people ask me how I am, we talk, and after I’m happy. When I come here, I feel like I have power.”


Portrait taken at the Baobab Familial, a Centraide supported agency, by Portraits de/of Montréal as part of Génération C’s “52 portraits. 52 realities” series.