Ranada Erickson wrote -
Every year, Off the Mat (OTM) sponsors an international service project called, The Global Seva Challenge that brings awareness, action, and significant funds to aid communities in crisis. This year, OTM & The Village Experience have choosen to focus on providing support to girls facing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Childhood Marriage (ECM) in Kenya, as well as raising awareness around other violence committed against woman all over the world.
Off the Mat will be partnering with two organizatons in Kenya who are creating safe houses and alternative rites of passage to girls who would otherwise be subjected to the practice of (FGM) and (ECM).
It is estimated that, in Kenya alone, more than 40 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 19 and over half of woman above the age 35, have been subjected to some form of the practice.
OTM will be working with The Tasaru Ntomonk Inititive and Samburu Girls Foundation, both of whose primary objective is to rescue girls from child marriages, circumcision, domestic violence and physical/sexual abuse as well as offering and educating groups on alternative rites of passage ceremonies.
OTM funds will support the construction of a rescue center in each location that will provide health care, education, and protection from abuse and exploitation.
Off the Mat has partnered with The Village Experience Cooperative and will be coordinating this year’s trip and donations.
The Village Cooperative is a charitable organization dedicated to the creation and support of income-generating projects in the developing world. The Village Cooperative is a registered 501(C) 3, non-profit organization. Our tax exempt ID is 26-4098400. This trip will take place in October 2015.
Please help us raise more than $5000.00 by donating to this wonderful cause. Also, please include Ranada/yogis who give when donating.
Thank you in advance for all your support!
Together, WE can make a difference! Helping others to live a better life.
Ranada, Maggie, Stephen
Co-Founder's of Yogis Who Give
For more information on Off the Mat, Into the World go to: www.OfftheMatIntotheWorld.org
For more information on The Village Cooperative go to: www.ExperiencetheVillage.com