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Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation

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May 21, 2018

We have Officially reach our goal of $5,000. Clearly that means that we need to bump it up. $8,000 it is. Thank you all so much for your generosity!  See more

BENEFITING: EMANCIPATION NETWORK

ORGANIZER: Yoga

Jessica Rasmussen-Williams

THE STORY:

Yoga Medicine wrote -

“Person not possession; child not commodity” – Anonymous

MISSION

Our mission is to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation by empowering global, impoverished communities through efforts of education and entrepreneurship.

WHO WE ARE

The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation was established to address the severity of India’s human trafficking crisis. We are funded by Yoga Medicine members and people like YOU. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. Our belief is that no situation is beyond hope and India being the birthplace of yoga, we believe it is our duty to give back to a culture that has given us so much.

Why India?

  • Everyday 400 women and children go missing in India – many remain untraced
  • India has the highest number of people enslaved, with approximately 18 million people in modern slavery.
  • Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked in India.
  • 1 child goes missing somewhere in the country every 8 minutes.
  • Almost 80 percent of all worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation, with an estimated 1.2 million children being bought and sold into sexual slavery every year.

WHAT WE DO

The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation works with local anti-trafficking organizations Her Future Coalition (formerly known as Made By Survivors) and the Rescue Foundation. Together we provide counseling, food, shelter, medical care and most importantly, traditional and vocational education to empower women and children to care for and support themselves.

We are passionate about providing and sustaining education that empowers survivors to rebuild their lives and support their families. These educational programs give survivors the tools they need to become leaders in their families and communities, uplifting others and passing on the virtue of self-worth. In a culture where women are thought to have little value, educating and empowering them ensures freedom forever.

Over the past two years we:

- Raised over $40,000 to support 15 shelters in the slums and Red Light Districts of Kolkata

- Contributed 80+ amount of volunteer hours

- Provided direct assistance to over 500 women and children

- Met with

  • 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi
  • Founders, educators & rescue teams for Bal Ashram, a rehabilitation and training center for victims of child labor.
  • Founder of The Women’s Interlink Foundation, Aloka Mitra
  • Sarah Symons, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Her Future Coalition

GET INVOLVED

This year Yoga Medicine’s Seva Foundation is working with Her Future Coalition and Rescue Foundation to establish a new shelter 45 miles outside of New Delhi, near a Red Light District. This newly constructed shelter is scheduled to open its doors to survivors of human trafficking in 2017 and will house over 100 women and children.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $100,000. Proceeds will be used to provide health check-ups, educational & vocational training, food, clothing, and most of all – mental and spiritual rehabilitation for a brighter future.  Join us by making a tax-deductible contribution, purchase from our partners or by joining the team with a chance to take part in delivering these services to those who need it most.

1) DONATE TO OUR CROWDRISE PAGE

Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

$30 - covers healthcare, shelter nutritious meals, education, yoga and other recreational activities for one woman or child for a month.

$100 - covers vocational training for one woman to gain an income generating trade or skill.

$360 - covers healthcare, shelter, nutritious meals, education, yoga and other recreational activities for one woman or child for an entire year.  

$500 - covers a survivor’s dream to start or grow her own business. This may include, but is not limited to, fabric & supplies to make clothing, ink and materials for block printing, spices & machinery for grinding or metal & materials for jewelry making.

$1000 - covers an entire year’s salary for one teacher or staff member of these shelters that devote their lives to the empowerment of woman and children.

$5000 - covers the college education of a woman who dreams of a better life. Many of the women wish to continue their education beyond what the shelter offers. Becoming a nurse might mean they can help provide healthcare to their entire village or by becoming a veterinarian, provide neutering or spaying to the millions of stray animals in India. This donation creates a brighter future for the woman, her family and their community.

2) JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING TEAM

“Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”

Interested in doing more than donating?  Click the orange link - JOIN THE TEAM. You can create your own campaign under ours and begin fundraising in your hometown.  It’s a great way to connect to the greater community and raise awareness on human trafficking. Need inspiration? Host a donation-only class, potluck or silent auction.

Team members who raise a minimum of $5000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2018 trip to New Delhi. Scroll down for more information.

3) PURCHASE FROM OUR PARTNERS

The Seva Foundation has joined forces with other globally conscious companies. A simple purchase from any of our partners below will increase our impact!

Purchase the Seva Legging from Liquido and 10% of every purchase will be donated to our cause.

Kira Grace is set to launch our partnership in late 2017 - stay tuned!

Purchase handmade silver jewelry from Nina Hillerström’s Seva Collection and 10% of every purchase will be donated to our cause.

2018 SEVA TRIP TO INDIA

Every other year the Seva Foundation travels to India. We have no middleman; giving us the opportunity to hand-deliver funds ourselves. This ensures your donations get into the right hands and are spent on what matters most - food, shelter and education.

During our visits to the shelters, we spend time with the women and children. Our presence lets them know that someone, somewhere cares. By immersing into their culture our desire to help and their desire to dream, multiplies.

Team members who raise a minimum of $5000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2018 trip to New Delhi. If you are interested in more details, please email our Seva Coordinator, Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham, at seva@yogamedicine.com.

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$10,612

MONEY RAISED
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  • John Wooten

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Christopher D.Kettlehut

    $500

  • Taylor & Stella Williams

    $250

  • Don Carter

    $250

  • Wendy Cronk AKA Cupcake

    $25

  • Yilmaz Girls

    $50

  • Mark Wright

    $100

  • Melanie Heald

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Eric Champion

    $100

  • Joe and Noreen Tamerius

    $100

  • Reetz

    $50

  • Colby

    $25

  • Crossfit Intensify Yoga Class Donation 2/3/18

    $449

  • The Hinson Family

    $100

  • Thorton Family

    $25

  • John and Nga Williams

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lynette Hamel

    $10

  • Ben and Cindi Bunce

    $50

  • Columbia Distributing employee gift match

    $1,150

  • BK

    $150

  • Peggy Eng

    $50

  • Cindi and Ben Bunce MRF

    $50

  • Sarah Bowden

    $25

  • Nicole Wilson MFR

     

  • Shannon Mangan

    $25

  • Tracy Conaghan

     

  • Jachin

    $50

  • Steven Smith

    $50

  • Melissa Edwards

    $100

  • Myofascial Release Workshop Cash Donations 5/19/18

    $175

  • Amy & Tyler Childers

    $50

  • Adelle Daniels

    $291

  • Rick & Carla Rasmussen

    $500

  • Lorraine Thomas

    $25

  • Jack and the Bones Benefit Concert Raffle Tickets

    $796

  • Jack and the Bones Benefit Concert Tickets Sales

    $2,400

  • Yoga + Wine

    $120

  • Tyona Vallejo

    $200

  • Levi Strauss & Co Fundraiser

    $1,071

  • Shea

    $500

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106% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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The Team: $96,591 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Yoga Medicine

Amount Raised

$31,965

 

32% Raised of$100,000 Goal

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Jessica Rasmussen-Williams

Amount Raised

$10,612

 

106% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Manuella Izaacs

Amount Raised

$6,344

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emily hager

Amount Raised

$5,192

 

104% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Abby Mills

Amount Raised

$5,130

 

103% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Sophia Pech

Amount Raised

$5,025

 

101% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Amy Bieganek

Amount Raised

$5,003

 

100% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Silvia Tchmola

Amount Raised

$4,406

 

88% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Shea

Shea

DONATION: $500

🙏❤️ 5 months ago

Levi Strauss & Co Fundraiser

Levi Strauss & Co Fundraiser

DONATION: $1,071

9 months ago

Tyona Vallejo

Tyona Vallejo

DONATION: $200

10 months ago

Yoga + Wine

Yoga + Wine

DONATION: $120

12 months ago

Jack and the Bones Benefit Concert Tickets Sales

Jack and the Bones Benefit Concert Tickets Sales

DONATION: $2,400

12 months ago

Lorraine Thomas

Lorraine Thomas

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Rick & Carla Rasmussen

Rick & Carla Rasmussen

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Adelle Daniels

Adelle Daniels

DONATION: $291

1 year ago

Amy & Tyler Childers

Amy & Tyler Childers

DONATION: $50

1 year ago