Everyone’s Sister is an Ottawa-based volunteer group devoted to privately sponsoring women refugees fleeing war, violence, and persecution, and empowering them to use their skills and abilities to successfully resettle in our community.
The group is seeking to sponsor two incredible LGBTQ siblings and their high-spirited teenage sister who are currently living in great precarity as refugees in Kenya.
Everyone's Sister has teamed up with Rainbow New Beginnings, another group of volunteers who intend to privately sponsor two gay men from East Africa so they can be given a new beginning in Ottawa free from fear of the persecution they've endured in their home and host countries.
Together, they've created an online silent auction with 100 items donated by businesses and individuals in the Ottawa area. It's a special event for a heartfelt cause, and it is just in time for the holiday season!
Octopus Books is proud to have contributed two items to support this charity auction:
In this debut novel from an astonishing young writer, Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born "with one foot on the other side," she begins to develop separate selves within her as she grows into adulthood. And when she travels to America for college, a traumatic event on campus crystallizes the selves into something powerful and potentially dangerous, making Ada fade into the background of her own mind as these alters - now protective, now hedonistic - move into control. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace.
"In Kenyan, Christian, Queer, [Adriaan van Klinken] presents an ethnographic study of the Kenyan queer community, one that is creating space for its own church and queer theology in a homophobic social, religious and political environment... This eloquently written book bravely pushes boundaries. It is remarkable in style and clarity but also brings out the author’s own vulnerabilities, strengths and compassion as an HIV positive gay scholar and activist." - The Conversation
Learn more about Everyone's Sister: https://www.facebook.com/everyonessister
More about Rainbow New Beginnings: https://www.facebook.com/rainbownewbeginnings/