Life clearly had a tryst planned with street children and discovering a world earlier unknown to her.
Working with drug using runaways, girls rescued from commercial sex work and domestic work, Sonali was struck by the intensity of their pain and the wisdom in their life. Their wisdom was compelling; inviting her again and again to listen once more, a little more deeply and understand. They became her teachers in understanding the inner world; its myriad hues and depths, its paradoxes, its search and longing for feeling whole and complete. They introduced her to meditation, the power of hope and intention, holding faith and anchoring in unstinting belief against all odds. No one could have asked for a better caravan of spiritual guides!
Over time they helped her define her role in their lives; as one who was meant to create, hold and foster space without judgment and the deep belief that in midst of all the inner chaos and the pain; the voice to support and nourish life and dreams could be heard and strengthened. Working with runaways taught Sonali to appreciate unstructured work hours, think in open spaces, flow, learn that home is where you stand, right here , right now; that nothing can work as brilliantly as humor to dissolve a tough moment and good food to bring a beaming smile that reaches the eyes.
As time passed, it became clear that this was life's work and so Dreamcatchers was born in 2001. Sonali is also an Ashoka Fellow and was elected the First International Fellow at Global Fund for Children, Washington DC, USA. She serves on the Boards of a diverse range of non-profits such as ArtSewa in USA, Thoughtshop in Kolkata and Point of View, in Mumbai.
She has been heading Dreamcatchers since its launch in 2001.