Conversation

For me, one of the most meaningful and enjoyable aspects of creating KPR has been the conversation that has come up because of it. I’ve been away from Bangladesh for a long time, and until this year I haven’t had the opportunity to just talk to people who have grown up here, been to university here, are still living here. Small talk has happened, but what’s great about KPR is that it has required us to get into the nitty gritty, and I love that.

The nature of what we do means we’ve taken on the big questions. The discussions that Rozy and Hammad and I have when we’re trying to figure out management, the conversations with the volunteers to prepare them for calls, and most of all, the issues that the callers bring up with us. It was one of my priorities, right from the start, that on the inside of KPR, we’d never just let things slide. We’d never let a question go unexplored or have an opinion unheard. We all have too much to learn from each other. For the most part, I think we’re doing a good job of this. In training, we do a group discussion where we talk about controversial and overarching issues in the country, and how they might come up in calls. And then of course, a call will come in on a subject that we hadn’t even thought of before, and we’ll sit around the phoneroom and turn it over for ages.

These discussions are profound, for me. I can’t help but think that they are the start of something big. Maybe KPR is big enough in itself. Maybe the hope that we can help our callers more through these discussions is all that needs to happen. Who knows? I do know that it is both emotionally and intellectually an ocean for me – so much in my heart and in my mind, and I don’t know what to do with it, or where to put it all yet.

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