Kanishka Sonthalia (b. 1990) is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her current project, A Visceral Sense, is based on the idea of dignity in birth and empowers non-traditional black families through...
Sarah Roberts starts her day at work as a remodeler.
My Life, My Katherine
“I can breathe easily when I have Katherine by me. It feels like freedom,” says Sarah Roberts, a 29-year-old single mother.
Sarah endured emotional and physical abuse in her teenage years. Today she has joint custody of her 9-year-old daughter Katherine who Sarah believe needs her maternal warmth. She protects her by teaching her how to protect herself. Sarah remodels houses in Mountain Grove, Missouri. She manages her schedule to be available "for her every breath and every moment," she said.
Sarah Roberts visits her daughter Katherine during her lunch break at the Mountain Grove Middle School. Katherine lives with her every other week because of joint custody. Sarah prioritizes spending time with her daughter at her lunch break during the week.
Sarah patches dry wall for Missouri Wellness Center who focus on supporting ones body’s God given ability to heal itself. She starts work after dropping her daughter off at school until the late evening.
After a long day at work, Sarah and Katherine break into their daily routine of evening playtime while cleaning paint off the work equipment. “When she’s 18, I will tell her Jesus has brought me through and of His faithfulness to bring me a sweet life regardless of my mistakes and sins. He has given me the strength to get up and smile and see the beauty all around me. I will tell her why I can smile.”