Lenny Williams via Crowdrise
September 09, 2013
100 PEOPLE. 100 BUCKS.
MANDALA HOUSE is asking 100 people to commit to raising $100 (or more!) dollars in support of the MH Yoga Studio in Gulu, Uganda. Yep, that's it -- just $100 dollars! YOU CAN DO THIS!
Are you a yoga teacher or a yoga studio?
Offer a donation-based class • Do a weekend workshop • host a yog-a-thon!
Are you a non-yogi that wants to support our project in Uganda?
Host a wine-tasting • Bake cookies • Sell cupcakes • Ask that wedding/birthday gifts be donations!
Rally your peeps -- start a team! Inspire each other!
Raising a hundred bucks is easy so, we're hoping a hundred bucks will just be the start of it. We are hoping you'll be so darn inspired you'll get to a hundred and just not be able to stop. We're hoping you'll challenge your community and find super creative ways for them to support you, support us -- support healing!
Follow this link to download information to help your fundraising efforts! You'll find extra information about how yoga helps heal trauma, why MH works in Uganda, what we have done, and what we want to do. Plus, we've included a flyer to help you spread the word about your fundraiser.
Below is a brief breakdown of projects for our current fundraising efforts for Uganda.
Phase I: Yoga Teacher Training for new and current staff as well as mental-health care workers at partner NGOs. This training will offer a full teaching certification from Yoga Alliance. Begins July 30th with Suann Polverari.
Phase II: Focus on work placements with partnering NGOs for new teaching staff through 2013.
Phase III: Funds raised above the $10,000 goal will be used to expand current programs (shipping yoga mats, helping supply yoga pants for women's classes, and other expenses associated with running the project like rent, salaries for support/admin staff)
Phase I: Pays for Yoga Teacher Training--$2800
Phase II: Teaching Stipends for New Local Teachers in Uganda--$7200 (six instructors)
Phase III: Costs of Running the Studio--donations above $10,000 goal will go towards covering other related expenses like rent, salaries for support staff/interns, etc...
SHARING YOUR PRACTICE!
You can also support our local staff by contributing to our teaching manual. It's really simple -- just fill out the teaching template and submit.
You can choose to offer beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes -- as well as your favorite meditation. Our teachers are amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Read all about them, here.
However, living in Uganda, their exposure to different styles and teachers is limited. Our class template is designed to help our local teachers learn more about other class structures by giving them examples from a supportive yoga community. By sharing your unique practice you help evolve their abilities as teachers, allowing them to do even more good in their communities! That's a 'win/win' for everyone!
WHAT IS MANDALA HOUSE
MANDALA HOUSE teaches yoga & meditation techniques, as a means of self-directed healing, to trauma survivors in post-conflict regions.
We envision a world without violence, where compassion for self & others is unlimited & the tools for self-healing are available to everyone. We feel true peace comes from within and that individuals should have access to these tools in order to heal themselves & their community
Specifically, we focus on sexual, gender-based violence & child soldiers. However, we welcome collaborations with any organization working to heal trauma in any capacity. Via these collaborations MANDALA HOUSE offers a 'TOOLKIT FOR TRAUMA' training for mental-health care staff -- both for their own self-care and to complement on-going individual and group beneficiary sessions.
Our international program provides an encapsulated yoga teacher-training to survivors in post/conflict regions, who then go on to teach public classes in their own communities, through partnerships (w/ affiliate NGOs, hospitals, clinics, etc...).
YOGA IN UGANDA
Yep, that's right! In January 2012, MH opened a yoga studio in Gulu to help create a revenue stream in support of our projects there. We conduct daily yoga classes for the general public and offer training workshops to local NGOs at the studio. Our Ugandan teachers also offer classes at local schools, prisons, and Mental-Health Clinics.
This summer MH will be conducting a Yoga Teacher Training for additional local instructors as well as fine-tuning the current staff's yoga practices. The goal is to bring in more local teachers so that yoga can be used for mental-health services in even more NGOs.
It bears repeating. Thank You. Thank. YOU! This work cannot be done without your support. Your dollars, even just 100 of them, go a long, long, very long way! Our executive staff are not paid, this is all done for free. There are no fancy headquarter offices. We have laptops in coffee shops and rely on the kindness of some pretty stellar volunteers. But this can't be done alone, we truly do need your help.
So, that's the pitch. 100 people. 100 bucks. It's really that simple and really can change the world, for a lot of people. Are you ready to JOIN THE TEAM!
IF I AM DONATING TO MANDALA HOUSE
WHY DOES IT SAY 'BENEFITTING MADRE'?
We hear this ALL of the time. It's a confusing process and frustrates a lot of people. Here is the best explanation we can give...
MANDALA HOUSE is fiscally-sponsored by MADRE. That means they extend their 501(c)3 status to us so that you can make a tax-deductible donation. For this service, MADRE takes 10 percent of all donations -- they do not actually fund MH projects. They merely act as a 'financial conduit' that allocates your donations to MH programs.
That is why you ended up on a MADRE fundraising page, instead of a dedicated MANDALA HOUSE fundraising page. We're keeping the IRS happy! We promise, everything is on the up & up!
If you have specific questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org