Yoga has changed our lives. Not a day passes, that I am not grateful for the practice of yoga. When I learned about the nonprofit organization “Yoga Gives Back”, it was a no-brainer to sign up for their monthly donations. Their mission statement says:
Our mission is to express our gratitude for the gift of yoga by mobilizing the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods.
Partially, the donations come from a group of friends who regularly find their way to the OM Home for our meditations. Yoga Gives Back began supporting micro credit programs in 2007. They lend small loans to women who are otherwise excluded from the conventional banking and financial systems. Today, YGB funds nearly 900 mothers and children with micro loan programs, education funds and scholarships for higher education in Karnataka and West Bengal. To learn more about Yoga Gives Back, check out their website.
On Wednesday nights, The OM Home has been hosting a meditation, when travel schedules permit. It’s always free of charge for anyone to come and sit with us. Whoever feels inspired is encouraged to donate a few dollars. Over the last few sits we have been collecting donations for a Children’s home in Nepal. Our friend Yvonne visited the this home during her last visit to Nepal. Here is some information from their website about their cause:
Spark Children Home, established in the year 2008 has been running with the number of 13 children. Majority of the children are victims during civil war and the remaining are the children left by family due to limited household income. These children range from 5-16 years old. These children started living in Spark Children Home when they were around 5-11 years old. They were originally brought up by a person from village. The person was not able to take care of these kids. Hirakaji Maharjan, living in Lalitpur, Nepal took care of these Children by providing home and basic needs. However, in the long term he was financially unable to obtain such relief. Soon, a Nepali non-profit organization was founded and officially recognized the project as a children’s home by the government. Hence, the “Spark Children Home” was born. All children are in school and the oldest are in vocational orientation.
The OM Home just donated $50 to the home. Join us on Wednesday nights at The OM Home to sit, to practice calming our minds and to do some good for people who are less fortunate than us. Our next donation will support refugees in Germany.
Thank you! Uta & Troy