Africa Yoga Project Seva Trip 2016

$8,050 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 37 months
Tara Koenig  Banff, AB
Hello! Thanks for taking the time to check out my fundraising page.   

My name is Tara, and I want to go to Africa to help assist the next yoga teacher training with Africa Yoga Project (AYP).  My goal is to fundraise $8000 (CAD) by March 23rd 2016! 


My story began in Oakville, ON when I took my first Baptiste Power Yoga class.  By the end of the 60 minutes, I was a sweaty mess but something had shifted.  I kept coming back, I kept getting stronger and more flexible and I still wanted more.  It was with Power Yoga Canada that I took my first teacher training in August of 2013.  That training changed my life.  I could go into a thousand examples as to how it changed me - simply put I am now a person who wants to empower myself and those around me. 


For the last year I was a part of the mentorship program with Africa Yoga Project.  I was teamed up with one teacher in Kenya and we would Skype, set goals and inspire one another.  My year as a mentor was incredible.  I was encouraged by my mentee to get to Kenya and see for myself just how inspiring the project is.  I was able to make my mentorship fundraising commitment happen through community yoga class donations and by making and selling Mala necklaces around town. I have a way larger commitment in a very short amount of time in which to do it - this is why I am asking for your help. 




I feel my Seva trip is different from other humanitarian efforts in that I will be on the assisting team as the participants transform from students into teachers.  Rather than coming in and fixing or building something then leave a week or two later - we are creating new employment opportunities, supporting the students as they move through the training and empowering the program to continue to create possibility through the teachings of yoga across the continent. 


The money that I raise will go to support the efforts of Africa Yoga Project in their outreach work, service projects during the trip, my program fee's for the actual training, health education, relationship counseling and relationship building.  Currently AYP empowers 250,000 Kenyans a year through yoga.  They have 98 teachers, and wanting to train another 50 this year.  The teachers teach in prisons, schools, special needs centers, for HIV/AIDS support groups, deaf schools and rural villages.  



 When I first started to talk about going to Kenya it was terrifying to think about raising this large sum of money.   For me asking for help has always been an issue, especially when it comes to money.  Fundraising will take away the need to complete everything by myself and know that I have a community who supports me.  I am so grateful that I found yoga and love to share this passion with everyone.  I would be forever grateful if I was able to take this journey to a new level.  




Thank you for your time, and for your generosity. 

Tara ॐ
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Update 17
Posted by Tara Koenig
34 months ago
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With one week to go I only need $30 to make my goal. I am blown away by the support thus far. Right now I am experiencing a spectrum of emotions before this trip - mostly gratitude for all who helped make it possible.
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Update 16
Posted by Tara Koenig
34 months ago
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With the mala sales from the yoga lounge I am now just $710 away from my goal - Its all coming together now. I leave for this adventure in 10 days!!! Why donate? What is this for? Why would my contribution mean something bigger than simply a donation?? The AYP Theory of Change: If marginalized youth complete AYP training, which includes leadership, physical, mental and social health and community building/membership, then their incomes, self-efficacy, health and positive civic engagement will increase.
AYP Theory of Change
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Update 15
Posted by Tara Koenig
35 months ago
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The silent auction is on for another 3 days - Bidding ends 11pm this Friday! I am blown away by the support so far, check out these amazing prizes.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1327743687242738/
Sunshine VIllage lift tickets!
Personal training session
Teeki Tights!
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Update 14
Posted by Tara Koenig
35 months ago
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Africa Yoga Project Seva Trip 2016 has reached 56% of its goal. Thanks to Tara, Muma and Mirko.
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$8,050 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 37 months
Created January 2, 2016
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$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
GP
$30
Gillian Powell
34 months ago
RH
$70
Rachel Huber
34 months ago

Mala Bracelet Sales - Yay! :)

KP
$100
kylie pearsall
34 months ago
L
$360
lululemon
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

mala sales at lululemon

KB
$30
Kate Bussell
34 months ago
MK
$100
Murat Kekec
34 months ago
SC
$20
Sheryl Campbell
34 months ago

Have a great trip Tara!!!! one your #52in#52!!!

YL
$665
yoga lounge
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

mala sales from the yoga lounge

SA
$2,005
silent auction
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

silent auction winnings!!!

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