|E-Newsletter - July 2010|
|For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.|
Ansuya Gomatesh Shetty: A Widow with Means and Hope
Grameen Koota provides us with regular updates on women whose lives have been significantly improved thanks to micro lending. In addition to providing micro loans, Grameen Koota is providing health and hygiene workshops for member families, as well as launching water and sanitation programs. All of these programs are key to insuring that members' progress is sustainable and that poverty is eliminated. Grameen Koota now reaches over 300,000 women in the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, with the goal of reaching one million women.
Yoganation's Bhakti Vinyasa Class with Sara Ivanhoe
Midsummer's Night Sangha: A Night of Fun, Flow, and Friends
with Sarah Ezrin, Mary Beth La Rue, and Jocelyn Kay Lee
A Two Day Special Donation Class Series
with Amanollah, Suzanne Strachan, Rose Ghavamim, and Kevin Hayunga
*YGB will be launching an exciting YGB Donation Class Relay across the US and the World. YGB Ambassadors Elena Brower in NY and Kino MacGregor in Miami will kick this off in September!
Can micro financing reach the poorest in India? Can we reach the poorest in more direct ways? We have been exploring answers to these questions. Here is one organization YGB has decided to support.
NISHTHA is a non-governmental organization that has been working for more than 35 years in Kolkotta, West Bengal. NISHTHA, working in over 250 villages, empowers impoverished women and girls by employing a number of programs to improve their social and economic conditions. This region, like many in rural India, suffers from illiteracy, child marriage, poverty and malnutrition, with most people living on less that $2 a day. Most of the adult women have not been to school. With neither training nor money, women cannot purchase even the essentials. Conflicts within the family and diminished self worth are a result. This is why NISHTHA started a project called "Self Helf Group", where abusive situations can be addressed and women are made aware of their rights.
As a part of its SHG effort, NISHTHA started micro credit groups in 56 villages, three years ago. So far, 112 groups have been formed and are working well. This has been a very positive experience in that there has not been a single defaulter amongst the loan borrowers.
To support NISHTHA's works, YGB is thrilled to collaborate with Barbara Piner, founder of ASTI (American Service to India), who has been assisting the poorest in India since 1981. YGB will send portions of our funds directly to NISHTHA, and we will continue to explore more ways to get directly involved. We are also planning to visit them this fall and report back to the YGB community.
SUNDAY, MAY 16 @ YOGIS ANONYMOUS
Thanks for another powerful team class by Yogis Anonymous teachers, Ally Hamilton, Jorgen Christiansson, Charlie Samos, Briohny Smyth, and Kourtney Kaas. As always, thanks to Uncle Josh for the best vegan desserts and platters, also by Euphoria Café. Raffle items were generously donated by Manduka, Yogitoes, Evolve Lifewear, and Le Pain Quotidien. Thank you all!!
Etan's in-depth talk about Buddha's life and teachings fascinated us all, though two hours was not really long enough for this!
SUNDAY, JUNE 27 @ AANAND SAAGAR, VENICE
Thank you April for your enthusiasm and continued support!!
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