Yoga for Orphaned Kibera School Children
Organized by: Faith Kwamboka
A trip to Kibera slum opened my eyes to a different kind of life that I didn’t know. I was heading to a particular school that offers education and shelter to the orphans in the slum. It was raining, and the thought of stepping on sewage and mud kept crossing my mind even before we could get there. I was accompanied by my Yoga Instructor who also teaches yoga to the children of this school. Many questions kept crossing my mind while we walked in narrow paths between houses made of mud. On arrival, we found the children playing in a very narrow corridor. They seemed happy, but all I could do is pity them. I wished I had a way to help them live better lives. An old lady came along and welcomed us in her room. She was introduced to me as the owner and founder of this school. Her name is Mrs. Lona, and she told us what her school is all about. The history This children’s home/school was founded in 2007, and it started with one kid. In a few months, the population had increased to over ten children. Because she is not educated, her passion for seeing children get education kept pushing her to do more for these helpless kids. To date, she has over thirty children in primary school and about 18 children at the secondary level. Why these kids need yoga It is important to introduce kids to yoga while they are still young to help them set a foundation for a fit future and learn healthy lifestyle habits. While doing yoga, children get a chance to play, exercise and connect with their inner self while connecting with the natural world surrounding them. Some of the enormous benefits kids can derive from yoga include enhancing their strength, coordination, flexibility and body awareness. Also, their sense of calmness, relaxation, and concentration improves. Yoga helps to bring that inner light in kids to the surface. The appreciation Mrs. Lona appreciates the efforts of my Yoga instructor, Miss Faith Kwamboka, for her efforts in teaching the young children yoga. The children now practice Yoga three times in a week, and they love it. Mrs. Lona admits that the kids are happier since the day yoga was introduced to them. The children also told me that they would like to practice yoga for the rest of their lives. Some of them even would love to be Yoga Instructors in the future. Why they need your help Our team from Scandinavia is managing this program. We aim to raise funds that can assist us to provide equipment for yoga such as yoga mats, breathing balls, colored pencils/marker pens, plain papers/drawing books, juggling balls, story books for yoga, molding, paint with paint brush and other necessary things that will help to improve their yoga experience. Currently, the kids practice yoga on the bare muddy ground, and it’s not only unhealthy but also uncomfortable. You can help change the children’s experience in yoga by donating and spreading the word. I know you may not fully understand the kind of life these kids lead, but your support will go a long way. Any little bit helps! Please donate to help these kids enjoy practicing yoga just like anyone else!