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India Seva Trip

New Delhi, India

January, 2021

About

The 2021 service trip with the Yoga Medicine® Seva Foundation will take place in New Delhi, India. This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to help trafficked women and children have a second chance at a happy life. Each trip is different, and you may have a chance to share your skills depending on what is needed on the trip. The most important aspect of the visits is that you come with an open mind and an open heart.

Participants should consider this a service-oriented trip rather than a retreat or yoga training. Our intention is that this will be a personal growth and learning experience to understand the truest meaning of selfless service.

About Our Partners

 

Her Future Coalition (formerly named Made By Survivors) founded by Sarah Symons, is an American 501c3 NGO that operates on the ground in India to provide jobs, education and shelters to over 1,000 survivors of slavery, child marriage and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. Her Future Coalition trains survivors, creating jobs in respected professions with high wages that develop sustainability for the rescued women.

Their most successful program is jewelry! Traditionally, metalsmithing was a male-only profession. The survivors are breaking gender barriers, earning livable wages and uplifting their families and communities through this vocational education and rehabilitation program.

Her Future Coalition (HFC) is the U.S. fiscal parent to the Rescue Foundation (RF), a registered non-profit, grass-root NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking who are typically trafficked from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in India. These young victims have been robbed of their human rights as they are physically and mentally tortured by coercive sexual activities. RF ensures survivors regain their human rights by rescuing and rehabilitating women and children.

Her Future Coalition (HFC) and the Rescue Foundation (RF) have many projects throughout India. In 2018, Yoga Medicine®’s sponsorship co-funded to the construction of a new shelter 45 miles outside New Delhi. Located near a Red Light District, it housed over 100 women and girls within days of its opening. We choose this project because the RF is in direct need of help. These newly rescued victims will need health checks, food, clothing and most of all, the mental rehabilitation for a bright future.

By sponsoring a new shelter operated by two reputable non-profits, Yoga Medicine® and the fundraising team have a unique opportunity to help this shelter grow and prosper from the ground up. Our donations will go to health checks, vocational education, food and shelter, clothing, basic math and reading education, rescue missions and more.

Seva Scholarship for Top 2019 Fundraiser

Giving back is at the heart of everything we do at the Seva Foundation, so seeing the impact of the money raised for these young girls inspires us to do even more! We are fortunate and humbled to have such a passionate community behind us. This year, our aim to raise $50,000 to fund all the care and protection services at our shelter in Delhi, India, and to reach this goal by December 2019 is only possible with your help.

We recognize it takes hard work to fundraise and to show our appreciation, we are launching our first EVER Yoga Medicine® scholarship! The scholarship is open to anyone fundraising in our CrowdRise campaign.

Scholarship Prize

The top fundraiser of 2019 will have the opportunity to attend their choice of Yoga Medicine®’s module or immersion. The top fundraising winner will be announced on January 4th, 2020, whereupon the winner will select their module or immersion. Spaces are limited at each training, so prompt selection is essential to ensure your spot at your first pick training. The scholarship is prize will expire December 31, 2020, at midnight PST. This scholarship applies to complimentary tuition to a 2020 training only, transportation is not included, and this prize is not redeemable for cash value.

Scholarship Guidelines

  • You must have a CrowdRise page.
  • Funds raised must be donated to the Seva Foundation CrowdRise campaign to be eligible.
  • Any money raised and donated by check must be added to your CrowRise profile by contacting seva@yogamedicine.com, who will add the amount to your profile once the check has been processed.
  • All funds raised must be donated and added to your CrowdRise page no later than December 31, 2019 at midnight PST. Any donation made after this time will not be included.
  • Funds raised prior to the Seva Foundation 2021 campaign are not eligible.
  • The competition ends December 31, 2019, at midnight PST and the winner will be announced on January 4th, 2020.

Monthly Top Fundraiser Prizes

We want to recognize the amazing work you do by giving up your time to raise funds for Seva Foundation. Therefore, as well as our scholarship opportunity for our top 2019 fundraiser, we are offering prize giveaways for the top fundraiser each month between September and November. We will be tracking the money raised and added to Crowdrise each month; and we will decide on the winner based on how much is raised between the first and last day of the month. We have some great prizes to giveaway, see below for details.

Monthly Prize Guidelines

  • You must have a CrowdRise page.
  • Funds raised must be donated to the Seva Foundation CrowdRise campaign (insert link: www.crowdrise.com/YMSevaproject2021) to be eligible.
  • Any money raised and donated by check must be added to your CrowRise profile by contacting seva@yogamedicine.com, who will add the amount to your profile once the
    check has been processed.
  • All funds raised must be donated and added to your CrowdRise page no later than midnight PST on the last day of the month. Any donation made after this time will not be included.
  • Funds raised prior to the Seva Foundation 2021 campaign are not eligible.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash value.

Service Trip Structure

The Anticipated Itinerary
Day 1 – attendees arrive at the hotel, welcome dinner
Day 2 – morning asana, trauma lecture, introductions from the partners Her Future Coalition and Rescue Foundation, evening asana
Day 3 – morning asana, TBD
Day 4 – morning asana, TBD
Day 5 – morning asana, TBD
Day 6 – morning asana, TBD
Day 7 – morning asana, TBD
Day 8 – morning asana, breakfast, departures.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on Day 2-7.

Trip Details

The top 20 fundraisers that raise a minimum of $5,000 by November 15, 2020, will have the opportunity to join the Seva Trip. This excursion takes place in New Delhi, India, which includes the following: 3 meals a day, lodging, and transportation during the trip. Here are some other essential details:

  • A maximum of 20 spaces available to maintain an intimate setting.
  • Recommended read: This Is No Ordinary Joy, by Sarah Symons
  • Join our fundraising team on Crowdrise and earn the chance to travel with us in 2021.
  • All donations that are submitted through CrowdRise are tax-exempt, trip costs are not tax-exempt.
  • All attendees must have travel insurance and submit proof 30 days before arrival to India.
  • All attendees must have a valid Visa to enter India and submit this documentation at least 30 days prior to travel.
  • All attendees must pay for and coordinate their own travel (airfare and airport transfers).

Frequently Asked Questions

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