For every participant going on a Souljourn Yoga Retreat, $300-500 of the total amount of the cost of retreat will be donated directly to the participating girls organization that we will be meeting, embracing, and learning about on our trip abroad.
Souljourn Yoga's commitment is to match every $300-500 donation. It is our goal to provide no less then $5,000 to the non-profit that we are visiting.
With your help, we will be able to meet that goal. Every donation, no matter how big or small, is greatly needed and appreciated. Please help us to build a generation of educated and empowered young women across the globe.
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Rukmini Foundation: Empowerment Through Education
From Rukmini: We are working with a few different partner schools as part of the scholarship program. However, the scholarship covers more than just tuition. It covers our mentoring program as well as health & wellness programs.
One of our partner schools is a community based school, which is one of the best in the area. In this school, we provide tuition, books, uniforms, book bags, and the other programs as mentioned. The other schools we partner with are government schools so the tuition is paid for by the government, but we take care of the uniforms, books/book bags, supplies, etc. as well as the other programs.
The cost to support one girl with our main partner school is $300 / year. Basically, for less than a $1 a day we can keep a girl in school. For the government schools, the cost is $100 / year, but the quality of education is not as great.
We hope these videos will do a good job of getting the message across. Please take a look and find a way to donate today! If this is not cost effective for you at the moment, no problem, feel free to share on social media to at least get the message out there. We truly believe in this cause and would love any help we can get!
Sacred Valley Project: Improving Access to Education
The Sacred Valley Project is a non-profit organization based in Ollantaytambo, Peru dedicated to improving access to education for young women from low-income families in remote, mountain communities of the Sacred Valley. Our mission is to provide safe and nurturing accommodation, educational resources and nutritious meals for these young women so that they may continue their secondary education and become knowledgeable and empowered women.
The Sacred Valley Project makes secondary education possible for young, indigenous women from mountain communities who otherwise would not have this option. Education for women is an especially important investment as the benefits impact future generations and families. Female education is proven to have a substantial impact on reducing poverty. Studies show that an educated woman is more likely to have a smaller and healthier family, a stronger voice in family negotiations and the ability to advocate for herself and her children.
The Girls Home
The Girls Home is a home for girls who have been mistreated, abused, raped, or their carers struggle to provide for them as they themselves may have been affected by a life of drug addiction or prostitution. It is run by an order of nuns called Madre Ablertina. They are brought to the home by the social services or the nuns themselves.
The girls follow a definite structure to the day, cleaning and washing clothes early in the morning and then school. The schooling is outside the home, which means the girls do not become institutionalised. The nuns teach them, beside religious education, how to fend for themselves with basic life skills ranging from sewing to washing their clothes to cooking. The nuns treat them firmly but kindly and the girls enjoy the security the Hogar offers.
There is little government funding for the Hogar and it survives with random donations from USA, Germany and UK. The home has now grown and offers more facilities for the girls, due to more donors on board.
The Ponheary Ly Foundation
The Ponheary Ly Foundation promotes access to quality education for children and young people in Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces in northern Cambodia. Guided by a UN human rights based approach, their work stems from the basic premise that access to schooling is fundamental to rebuilding the country’s civil society after the genocide of the 1970s.
Education plays a central role in the development of future democratic leaders, the eradication of poverty, the promotion of gender equality, and improving the overall health and well-being of rural and urban communities.
Recognizing that educational access is interlinked with a number of social issues, the holistic scope of their work addresses nutritional standards, transportation, basic health care, housing, and infrastructure projects focused on providing electricity and clean water. They believe that in order for children to learn, they must have food security, a stable place to live, a mode of transit to get to school, and the access to medical care when required—the same everyday supports that should be afforded to children throughout the world.
Education for All Morocco
Very few girls from the rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains get the opportunity of continuing their education beyond primary school. Colleges, mostly several kilometers away in larger towns, are not accessible to them for two main reasons:
- Their parents cannot afford to pay for lodgings near colleges.
- Their parents do not have the confidence in existing facilities near colleges to entrust their daughters to be away from home.
Education For All has been established to help provide the opportunity of a college education for girls from rural Moroccan communities. Its first project, opened in 2007, has been to facilitate access to secondary education for up to 36 girls from the remote villages of the High Atlas Mountains by building a boarding house for them in the town of Asni.
EDUCATING GIRLS OF RURAL CHINA
EGRC is dedicated to providing high school and university educations to impoverished young women from rural regions of Western China through financial sponsorship, personal support and mentorship.
The traditional belief for Chinese families is that having a son is vital. Some families will have six, seven or more children in the attempt to produce a son. The son would receive all the opportunities to advance himself. In contrast, daughters are expected to take care of their male siblings, marry early or take jobs to support their families.
In peoples’ eyes China is a wealthy country today. But in rural regions, where EGRC works, people live in a different world. EGRC is selecting girls who are in most desperate situations but who are determined to change their lives through education.