Kolkata Service Experience
Organized by: Indigo Guatemala Retreat
EVENT DATE Dec 07, 2015
As my friends and family know, being of service and playing a role in making our community and our world a better place, is very important to me. I have traveled all over the US on service trips to leave a lasting impact on communities across our country, while exploring and learning how I can best be of service nationally and locally. My yoga practice and my role as a yoga teacher have always been closely linked to and driven by my heart for service. I feel strongly that it is our responsibility as humans to be serving in some capacity. Giving back. Leaving our world a better place. We all have something very valuable and very powerful to share with the world.
I am so excited that my two passions - yoga and service - have come together with this experience to travel to India as a part of the Yoga Medicine team to serve women and children in Kolkata who have been affected by sex slavery.
Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked in India. A child goes missing somewhere in the country every eight minutes. Almost 35,000 children were officially reported missing in 2011, however it is thought only 30 percent of cases are reported.
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, and India is the poisonous hub. These staggering statistics aren’t just statistics, they are very real.
Our chosen project is working with the Nabadisha Education Program for Street and Working Children, supporting the day-to-day operation of 15 street kids shelters, preventing the trafficking of kids ages 4-15 living in the slums and red light districts of Kolkata. The shelters provide healthcare, education, nutritional meals, tutoring, job coaching, yoga classes and other recreational activities for over 525 children. Our funds will be used towards teacher’s and supervisor’s salaries, accounting, programming, transportation, and educational materials. Every penny, every dollar helps.
I appreciate your consideration and I appreciate any support that you can offer. In addition to my online fundraising, all donations at my July & August Yoga + Beer classes will be directly donated to this project. Namaste.