YOGA MEDICINE SEVA FOUNDATION
“Person not possession; child not commodity.” Anonymous
Our mission is to fight human trafficking & sexual exploitation by empowering global, impoverished communities through efforts of education & entrepreneurship.
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
HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED
– 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.
Basic shelter needs for 1 year (food, toiletries, clothing & bedding!)
Medical care, counseling & legal aid provided to shelter for 1 year
Baseline education such as math & reading skills for all shelter survivors
Salaries of on-site social workers, housemothers, cooks & security staff
Full financial support for the shelter’s needs for 1 year
Implementation of a new vocational education program for 10 women
An additional 10 women join the on-site vocational education program
Purchase of large van for general transportation, emergency situations & rescue missions
Purchase of playground & other play-driven equipment for young survivors
Everything the shelter & survivors need for 1 full year!
Here’s how you can help.
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DONATE TO OUR CROWDRISE PAGE
Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.
$30 – covers healthcare, shelter, nutritious meals, education, yoga & other recreational activities for one woman or child for a month.
$100 – covers vocational training for one woman to gain an income generating trade or skill.
$360 – covers healthcare, shelter, nutritious meals, education, yoga & other recreational activities for one woman or child for an entire year.
$500 – covers a survivor’s dream to start or grow her own business. This may include, but is not limited to, fabric & supplies to make clothing, ink & materials for block printing, spices & machinery for grinding or metal & materials for jewelry making.
$1000 – covers an entire year’s salary for one teacher or staff member of these shelters that devote their lives to the empowerment of woman & children.
$5000 – covers the college education of a woman who dreams of a better life. Many of the women wish to continue their education beyond what the shelter offers. Becoming a nurse might mean they can help provide healthcare to their entire village or by becoming a veterinarian, provide neutering or spaying to the millions of stray animals in India. This donation creates a brighter future for the woman, her family & their community.
JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING TEAM
“Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”
Interested in doing more than donating? Head on over to our CrowdRise Page & click the orange link – JOIN THE TEAM. You can create your own campaign under ours & begin fundraising in your hometown. It’s a great way to connect to the greater community & raise awareness on human trafficking. Need inspiration? Host a donation-only class, potluck or silent auction.
Team members who raise a minimum of $5000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2018 trip to New Delhi (details below).
PURCHASE FROM OUR PARTNERS
The Seva Foundation has joined forces with other globally conscious companies. A simple purchase from any of our partners below will increase our impact!
20% of every purchase of handmade silver jewelry
from Nina Hillerström’s Seva Collection will be
donated to our cause.
10% of every purchase of the Dream Yoga Bag by
Soulié will be donated to our cause.
Stay tuned for more details with the following partners:
- Kira Grace is set to launch our partnership on January 15th, 2018, with a beautiful legging custom designed by Tiffany Cruikshank.
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WHAT WE DO
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 CORE BELIEF
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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
- 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.
2019 SEVA TRIP TO INDIA
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 email@example.com.
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“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.