India Seva 2017-12-15T21:52:08+00:00


“Person not possession; child not commodity.” Anonymous

Join the 2019 Seva Trip


Our mission is to fight human trafficking & sexual exploitation by empowering global, impoverished communities through efforts of education & entrepreneurship.

Get Involved

Yoga Medicine’s Seva Foundation works with Her Future Coalition & Rescue Foundation, two NGOs based on the ground in India. Our 2017 & 2018 fundraising efforts will help establish a new shelter 45 miles outside of New Delhi. This shelter is due to open its doors to human trafficking survivors in early 2018 & will house over 100 women & children.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goal of



– health check-ups

– educational & vocational training

– food & clothing

– mental & spiritual rehabilitation

Join us by making a tax-deductible contribution, purchase from our partners or by joining the team with a chance to take part in delivering these services to those who need it most.

10 K

Basic shelter needs for 1 year (food, toiletries, clothing & bedding!)

20 K

Medical care, counseling & legal aid provided to shelter for 1 year

30 K

Baseline education such as math & reading skills for all shelter survivors

40 K

Salaries of on-site social workers, housemothers, cooks & security staff

50 K

Full financial support for the shelter’s needs for 1 year

60 K

Implementation of a new vocational education program for 10 women

70 K

An additional 10 women join the on-site vocational education program

80 K

Purchase of large van for general transportation, emergency situations & rescue missions

90 K

Purchase of playground & other play-driven equipment for young survivors

100 K

Everything the shelter & survivors need for 1 full year!

Here’s how you can help.

Click on a tab FOR MORE INFO ON HOW to get involved.


The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation works with local anti-trafficking organizations Her Future Coalition (formerly known as Made By Survivors) & the  Rescue Foundation. Together we provide counseling, food, shelter, medical care & most importantly, traditional & vocational education to empower women & children to care for & support themselves.

We are passionate about providing & sustaining education that empowers survivors to rebuild their lives & support their families. These educational programs give survivors the tools they need to become leaders in their families & communities, uplifting others & passing on the virtue of self-worth. In a culture where women are thought to have little value, educating & empowering them ensures freedom forever.

Over the past two years we:

  • Raised over $40,000 to support 15 shelters in the slums & Red Light Districts of Kolkata
  • Contributed over 80+ volunteer hours at shelters in India
  • Provided direct assistance to over 500 women & children
  • Met with 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi, to discuss his global activism fighting for children to be free
  • Collaborated with founder of The Women’s Interlink Foundation, Aloka Mitra & Co-Founder & Director of Her Future Coalition, Sarah Symmons, to raise funds to support their shelters
  • Met with founders, educators & rescue teams from Bal Ashram, a successful rehabilitation & training center for victims of child labor


Our belief is that no situation is beyond hope & India being the birthplace of yoga, we believe it is our duty to give back to a culture that has given us so much.


The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation was established to address the severity of India’s human trafficking crisis. We are funded by Yoga Medicine members & people like YOU. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. Our belief is that no situation is beyond hope & India being the birthplace of yoga, we believe it is our duty to give back to a culture that has given us so much.

Why India?

  • Everyday 400 women & children go missing in India, many remain untraced.
  • India has the highest number of people enslaved, with approximately 18 million people in modern slavery.
  • Each year, millions of women & children are trafficked in India.
  • 1 child goes missing somewhere in the country every 8 minutes.
  • Almost 80 percent of all worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation, with an estimated 1.2 million children being bought & sold into sexual slavery every year.


Every other year the Seva Foundation travels to India. We have no middleman, giving us the opportunity to hand-deliver funds ourselves. This ensures your donations get into the right hands & are spent on what matters most: food, shelter & education.

During our visits to the shelters, we spend time with the women & children. Our presence lets them know that someone, somewhere cares. By immersing into their culture, our desire to help & their desire to dream, multiplies.

Team members who raise a minimum of $5,000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2019 trip to New Delhi. If you are interested in more details, please email our Seva Coordinator, Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham, at



“The greatest impact of my trip to Kolkata wasn’t what I expected it to be. I was focusing on the heartbreaking stories behind the project, but what I found was love & empowerment. The most important thing that I came away with after the trip is the visceral realisation that we can all make a difference & it isn’t as hard as one might think. It is only through empowering others & giving them opportunities that true sustainable change can be achieved.” – Katia Shulga

“When I heard about the Yoga Medicine Seva project & decided to take part, I thought that I would go there to help the women & children. However, in truth they have helped me. Their smiles, laughter & beaming sense of pride was contagious; & reminded me that the future is in our hands & does not need to be dictated by sadness from the past. Every woman or child I met taught me that wherever we live in the world & whatever trauma we have faced in our lives, we are able to grow & move on from it with love & support from the people who surround us.” – Alice Blunden

For more information on the India Seva Project, please contact us.