We're Hasmig and Armen. Friends since the first grade, roommates in graduate school, fellow travelers, and now, project partners.
Yoga and meditation have had enormous impacts on our lives. We'll tell you a bit more about us later -- and if you're wondering what "Stega" means, click here for the official FB Live launch
-- but first, here's what we're doing and why we'd love your help!We're starting a yoga and meditation project in Armenia, specifically for those people who have committed their lives to making the country a more inclusive, healthier, and just place.
These are human rights defenders, doctors, social entrepreneurs, musicians, environmental activists, social workers, psychologists, teachers, attorneys, and members of marginalized communities. They work so hard, against all odds, and they're often burnt out and exhuasted. They don't have the opportunity to practice very much self-care.
In our initial needs assessment, we've seen that there is a strong need
to be introduced to self care practices. We personally know the transformative power of yoga and meditation, and this is what we will share.We're going to spend October and November in Armenia running a pilot project where we introduce yoga and meditaiton to this community.
There's been so much enthusiasm and positive energy around this project, and we're committed to making it work. We've already had multiple Skype meetings with change makers in Armenia to assess actual needs and gauge responsiveness. We've been building many facets of the project and are now ready to launch it publicly. We can't do this without the support of our community though, and so, we turn to you. Whatever you can contribute will fund travel (to and within all the regions of Armenia), accommodations, and all project related expenses for two months.
We do not plan on charging participants for the initial stage of this project so whatever we raise is what have to work with.
We promise to keep all our supporters updated on our progress before and during the implementation of our project.
Thank you so much to all the support thus far, and we look forward to keeping the good news coming!
With gratitude and love,
Armen & Hasmig