WORDS WITH WHITBY | An Interview with Kairos Tribe
It is rare that a writer is able to capture the passion and heart of Whitby with this much grace and care. Mallory Overton, the founder of Kairos Tribe, is someone who beautifully honors the stories she pens. We are fans!
We loved what she wrote so much that we had to share with our readers. Below is an excerpt from our interview with Kairos Tribe. The full article will be linked below.
T H E N E E D
“Back in March of 2013 was when it happened for me. I was working my first full-time job out of college, doing community outreach and corporate volunteerism for a technology company. The work wasn’t very exciting, but it was a great season in my life to dream. I was a little bored, maybe you could say. But, the huge upside was that because I wasn’t overburdened by work I had a lot of capacity to imagine what my life and my work could look like, and I really took that to heart.
I started using some of that spare time and brain space to study human trafficking -- I’ve never felt so passionately overwhelmed by anything in my life than when I first learned that little girls are being sold for sex. Seeing that that was happening...it wrecked my entire world. It wrecked my understanding of what the world was. I just had to know more. By that time, that spring, I had been studying human trafficking on my own for about a year -- I read books and watched documentaries, I set every Google alert that I could think of, I was just trying to consume as much information as I possibly could. Through my study, I became specifically interested in how young girls in high-risk areas could be protected from ever being trafficked; in the prevention of human trafficking.
My actions started with inaction, I guess you could say...I was filling my mind with this subject that broke me, that I wanted to move towards, and continuing to live normally, working day to day because I didn’t have a plan or a clue for how to act.
And then, one night, I had this dream.
I dreamed that there was a little girl walking down a dirt road. She was carrying this enormous, heavy bag. I walked up to her, and I asked if I could help her carry it. She kind of just shakes her head no, and points back at it, as if to say, “look inside”. So I looked inside, and when I open it up I begin to see these scenes from her life; a kind of metaphor for the millions of girls in her same situation. I see that she’s one of six kids and her parents are really poor. That her siblings all get to go to school and she doesn’t. That her parents might have to sell her in order to support the rest of the family, and that she’s at an age where she can become a child bride or domestic servant in a wealthy home...her future, in that moment, is extremely bleak. A burden far too heavy for any child to bear, ever.
And then I woke up. I didn’t know what to think or what to do...so honestly, I just started praying for insight, journaling my thoughts...and then into my mind came this question: “what if someone else could carry this for her?” And that idea stuck. It became the metaphor that has essentially shaped the course of Whitby -- that women on this side of the story, like me and you, can carry the weight of something as heavy as exploitation, trafficking, bondage, labor...all the things that little girls should never have to carry; so that she never has to."