These words have stayed with me ever since reading them on the colourful walls of one of the community centres that the charity Manav Sadhana supports.
Sitting in a classroom, joining a circle of trainee school teachers and volunteers many of whom have grown up in the slum communities they will go onto serve as qualified teachers, I listened to Anjali share practical tips and guidance on how to engage students in the classroom.
Born and brought up in the US Anjali moved to India and has served Manav Sadhna for more than 15 years. She serves an important role in the growth and development of Manav Sadhna’s work and curriculum within their education centres. She is focused, passionate and maybe a little strict as she wants to ensure that these teachers and voluteers will go on to offer the best possible educational experience for the children the community centres serve – and of course they absolutely deserve nothing less.
After this session I would be presenting our Mindful Warriors project idea to introduce yoga classes into the Manav Sadhna educational curriculum.
Anjali, Shirish Bhai and Neelam listened as I shared what Stevan and I have been working on in Leicester with Mindful Warriors. I shared that our ambition for the project is without borders. Both of us have a deep connection with India. In January earlier this year we launched Mindful Warriors India with a commitment to support charity, community and education focused organisations in India to bring yoga and mindfulness to the children and young people they serve.
While in Ahmedabad I was lucky enough to visit three centres with Shirish Bhai and meet some of the children and young people who will benefit from the project. The range of activities and learning opportunities give these children the best possible start in their educational journey!
Fast forward to June 2019 and we are launching our first Mindful Warriors India project in collaboration with Manav Sadhna!
We hope to bring 3 months of yoga sessions embedded into the educational curriculum to three community centres supported by Manav Sadhna. All the funds raised will be donated to Manav Sadhana to buy yoga mats and support the delivery of the project across the three community centres. We believe the weekly sessions over a 3 month period will really enable the children to develop their practise and gain the benefits of yoga.
To deliver the project we need your help to make it happen! Please support our Just Giving Campaign to fundraise £1000 in 30 days to launch our project in July 2019. We've achieved 25% of our target but there is a long way to go!
Please click on the link above to kindly donate to our project and do watch the video below which brings to life the work of Manav Sadhna and introduces you to the community your donation will support. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! We really appreciate your kindness.
We've planted the seed. Please can you help us to reach our target and help this project grow and soar? :-)