In February 2020, our Yoga + Service Retreat will travel to Kolkata, India to learn about and support the work of Women's Interlink Foundation and their project, Nijoloy House.
Nijoloy House is a place of refuge for vulnerable young girls finding themselves in impossible situations. The girls that call Nijoloy home come from a variety of backgrounds. Many face abuse from inside their community. Others were trafficked into Kolkata against their will. Some ended up in brothels. Many found themselves living on the streets. And others lost their parents and care givers. Nijoloy provides basic services such as shelter, education, nutrition, health care, recreation, counseling, vocational skills (for adolescents), and recreational facilities. The goal is to help these girls become self-reliant economically and to help them to develop confidence to live and work independently to fulfill their dreams.
Nijoloy House has become a safe haven for many young women and a model rescue center for other organizations working in this social justice arena. Their vocational skills training units - focusing on block printing, screen printing, bakery and hospitality, and spice grinding - have been recognized by the government and replicated throughout the country. Our group will have the chance to learn about this program, meet the young women participating, and learn how these new skills sets can give them a second chance to start over and reclaim their life for themselves.
As a group we will be raising $5,000 to purchase 40 new beds and mattresses for girls who call Nijoloy home. We are honored to be able to provide this support to Women's Interlink Foundation, and thank you in advance for being a part of it.
You can learn more about Women's Interlink Foundation here: