Helping Hands for India
Small acts of kindness have a ripple effect on others. You never know how much you will impact people when you show you care. The act and spirit of giving connects you to your community. If you’re feeling alone, when you reach out to someone to offer help, you realize you’re not the only person struggling in this world.
I embarked upon my first trip to India in 2008. When I left India that year, I had no idea when I would return, but I knew I would go back. It was over the course of the next three years I traveled to different countries finding ways to volunteer through teaching yoga supporting local, community projects. I returned to India once a year over a period of 10 years, sometimes staying for up to 6 months at a time, as a group of yoga teachers and I started a charity in 2009. We began by sponsoring local children in the village to purchase school uniforms and books. Then we had an idea to build a school in nearby farmland that was owned by our teacher. The school transformed from an idea into reality, going from design to construction during 2012 and 2013. It officially opened its doors and welcomed about two hundred children on July 1, 2014.
We have been fortunate to have the support of many people to bring this project to life by offering their time, money, expertise, and hard labour. I am eternally grateful for it all. Now in 2023 we are building a science lab and are accepting donations to make this happen.