|E-Newsletter - January 2012|
|For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.|
Holiday Special E Letter
Some of the new YGB fund recipients:
Deenabandhu Trust Home, Karnataka, South India
Ten year old Poornima came to Deenabandhu Trust Home last May, when her aunt could no longer financially care for her. Poornima's father deserted her mother and children, after her mother became mentally ill. Despite all of this, Poornima is a sweet girl with a beautiful smile. She enjoys helping others especially with writing and reading. She is the first to pick up a broom if a room is dirty.
Latha is a sensitive, sweet four year old girl who came to Deenabandhu last May. When Latha was a new born, her alcoholic father died. While living in poverty, Latha and her mother were rescued by Shaktidhama Women's Shelter. Eventually, her mother requested care from Deenabandhu which they now receive.
NISHTHA: Tripuranagar Village, West Bengal
Ninety per cent of the first 22 mothers who received micro loans from YGB in 2011 have repaid their loans and will receive a second cycle of loans in 2012. Before receiving funds from YGB, only 50% of them had paid work. Now 95% are earning an income with a 77% increase. This success enabled us to fund an additional 11 mothers and 11 daughters in this same village. Without funding to secure education, here in this remote village of West Bengal, daughters are forced to marry at an age as young as 13. NISHTHA continues to provide necessary guidance and vocational training for mothers to start their income earning work with micro loans. Their daughters are provided with personal educational counseling as well as workshops on health and gender issues.
Yoga Gives Back's first global calendar appreciates and celebrates YGB's global yoga community. Included in the calendar are photos from our first successful global fundraiser, "Thank You Mother India." Over 750 people in 10 countries took part, and other events that were held throughout the world. Additionally, each month features portraits of women and girls from our partner organizations in India who are direct recipients of YGB funds.
You can make a change, one calendar at a time.
ABC Chicago News feature YGB: 5:00pm, Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 A great piece produced by Sylvia L. Jones, at WLS-TV ABC 7 CHICAGO, with an interview of YGB rep Chelsea Mack. The special donation class by Colleen Rose at Yoga 360 was also covered. Thank you everyone!!!
YGB is excited to have two new global representatives: One from the Netherlands and one from Brazil. Read more about our dedicated global team here.
"I've been in India many times and I love the country, but the poverty over there has made a big impact on me. It's really hard for us Westerners to imagine that you just don't have any resources or ways to make something of your life. I really believe in micro financing as a way to provide the necessary resources to people who need it, to enable them to change their lives. So I'm really excited that we can make a difference by getting the yoga community together (worldwide!) and we can start giving back! "
“I think Seva is one of the best ways we have to show our love and compassion towards others. Yoga Gives Back is a wonderful opportunity to do Seva and show our gratitude for Yoga.”
Write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to join the YGB team in your area!!!
Movie Night Series @ Rising Spirit Yoga, Wells River, Vermont
January 27, 2012, 7:30 PM; Rising Spirit Yoga is hosting three special "Movie Night at the Studio" series to benefit YGB!
Cost: $5-$10 Suggested Donation
YOGAWOMAN : Yoga was brought to the West from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there's a generation of women who are leading the way.
February 24th: "YERT" 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage?
March 23rd: "ENLIGHTEN UP! "A Skeptic's Journey into the World of Yoga
Special Donation Class@Laguna Yoga Shala, Laguna Beach, California
January 29, 2012, Sunday, 9-10:30am; Itay Dollinger is teaching this special donation Ashtanga Led Class, organized by Neemu Murthy. YGB presentation and refreshments to follow.
Thank you for this event!
New Year's Special Class@ Infuse Yoga, Chicago
*Check www.yogagivesback.org for more upcoming events and details.
Thank you for your support, which is making a difference one event at a time!!
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