Create a warm nest for Indian orphans - Thank You Mother India 2015
Do you know how it feels to wake up in the middle of the night, scared to death because of a nightmare and there's nobody to go to? No warm and safe place to fall back into sleep? Nothing that can help you hide from the big bad world? To be completely vulnerable for fears, bad dreams and not to forget a lot of insects?
How to deal with sleeplessness during the day? What if you really want to achieve something in life, because that's the only thing you got? No parents to take care of you. Nobody that caresses you, to dry your tears of sorrow and pain.
At night everything feels cold and uncomfortable. How to relax? Fully surrender to something which is called sleep. A state of being where everything is ok as it is and you're able to recuperate from all the stress and heavy baggage your taking with you on your shoulders.
Almost 100 children from orphanage Deenabandhu in the south of India are yearning for a good night sleep. For some tenderness, warmth, comfort and a feeling of safety which helps them to let go of the day. Let go of the past. One of the basic needs of human beings is not so simple to achieve for these kids. Just some good rest. So they're able to to their best at school the day after. More days. Years. So they're able to make a living. Sustain themselves and their families. Big changes start with small steps. And therefore we need your help! Join us, donate and help a child to reach the sky!
This mission trip is an initiative of Anouk Prop, yoga teacher and psychologist originally based in Maastricht, the Netherlands. As a dedicated ambassador of Yoga Gives Back the Netherlands & Belgium, she wants to mobilize the global community by setting an example to take action instead of just donating. The goal of this mission trip is to create a warm nest for the children of orphanage Deenabandhu Children's Home India by supporting them directly in practice and by raising funding to be able to create a total make over of their bed rooms and provide them with a caring house mother.
In November 2015 this extraordinary mission trip takes place in Chamarajanagar in the South of India, where Anouk will be offering her services as a volunteer for a month at orphanage Deenabandhu Trust. During that period she will give psychological support, trauma healing, yoga (therapy) for the orphans as well as training the school staff. From her own experience she knows how it is to grow up in an unsafe environment and how love, affection and acceptance can make such a big difference in a child's life. Blessed for the fact that yoga came into her life, she wants to give back to the source. In India, with orphans. Because she knows how yoga can be a tool to overcome all obstacles and can create a feeling of a warm and safe haven within yourself.
The conditions in which the children sleep are very poor. They share their simple beds, often without mattresses, bed spreads, cushions to keep them warm and give them a feeling of safety during the night. Moreover, in this rural part of India there are many mosquitos and other insects which hamper the children from a good night sleep. Obviously this has its effect on the total wellbeing and school performances of the children. In this mission trip a total make over of the bed rooms of the children is being made. With the help of your funding new beds can be bought, as well as mattresses, sheets, bed spreads, towels, cushions, mosquito nets and everything that is needed to create a warm nest for the children. "Being ambassador of Yoga Gives Back, I already organized many events in the last years to raise funding and awareness for the women and children in India, the country where yoga has its origins. Now the time has come for some real action at the source. In India, for children, since they are the essence of existence. That’s my deepest motivation to volunteer at one of the sister aid projects of YGB, orphanage Deenabandhu Trust. In October 2014 I already went to volunteer here for four months by supporting the orphans directly in practice (psychotherapy and yoga) and by raising funds for them to grow and develop to their full capacity. To reinforce this, I’ve climbed the Kilimanjaro mountain in 2015, dedicated to the orphans in Deenabandhu and raised an amount of almost 12000 euros with this. With this extraordinairy endeavour Expedition KILI (www.expedition-kili.nl). For me, planting a seed on the top of the world for love and acceptance is a dream that came true. Now the story continues, since there's still much work to do. I keep on taking action and hope this will inspire many others to give as well. Join me in my journeys and help a child to reach the sky!"
In the light of Yoga Gives Back annual campaign Thank You Mother India, part of the donations will be used to appoint a good caregiver for the children. They all lack the warmth and love from their own mothers. There's nobody to go to during the dark night when waking up from a nightmare. With the funding a good house mother could be appointed who's present for them and can take care of the children day and night.
All children love to do yoga. Therefore a big yoga event is organized at the end of the mission trip where about 500 children will participate in a big yoga mala of 108 sun salutations to express their gratitude for the gift that yoga has brought them. This will be accompanied by healthy snacks and drinks. This event was a big success last year. Some of the children reported that this was the best day of their life.
Anouk Prop, July 2015
Anouk's incredible journey: http://kayokosjourney.blogspot.in/2014/12/witness-ygb-ambassador-anouks.html
Yoga Gives Back: http://yogagivesback.org
Expedition KILI: www.expedition-kili.nl