COVID-19's latest surge in India is devastating the lives of many, and the country is in need of our support.
The teachings we offer our students are from India, a country we are greatly indebted to for originating the wisdom we are able to experience and share. This is our moment to show up for India - we encourage our community to donate as an expression of gratitude, love, and support to a country that has given us all so much.
We have partnered with the non-profit organization Yoga Gives Back to support their efforts in helping women and children in India - read on for more information about their mission. You can find links to donate at the bottom of this blog.
About Yoga Gives Back
Fourteen years ago, Yoga Gives Back was born from the idea of one yoga student – she wanted to express her gratitude for the gift of yoga and give back to India, the birthplace of yoga. Today Kayoko Mitsumatsu’s idea has grown into an international effort to support 1400 impoverished mothers and children in India with microloans and education funds. There are many charity organizations within the yoga community, Yoga Gives Back is unique in its focus on giving back to India to support the serious challenges of poverty and related social issues.
Yoga Gives Back is a grassroots nonprofit organization that has spread globally with 150 Ambassadors who are yoga teachers and leaders sharing YGB’s mission with their communities as well as raising funds with their events. YGB works closely with NGO partners (Non-Governmental Organizations) in India to carry out and grow YGB programs together.
How does your support help?
Donations empower women and children with basic education, scholarships for higher education, microloans for businesses, and the opportunity to transform their lives and communities. The current crisis and lockdown have severely altered the lives of these families and put the girls and women at risk for domestic violence, child marriage, and sex trafficking. To meet the current needs, we will shift our support to include supplemental food for the families, sanitary napkins for girls, and education materials for children so they can continue their education and stay at home safely with their families.
Ways to Support Yoga Gives Back
You can donate to YGB's efforts to support women and children through the COVID-19 crisis using a credit card through their website, or via PayPal (send to email@example.com).
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Now more than ever, we are called to take action. Join the force of #OneMillionYogis.
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