Yoga and Sport for Refugees

Help us offering well being to refugees by using yoga & sports. Finding inner peace, building positive energy is a must to start a new life.

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Yoga and Sport for Refugees

<p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src=";;;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500" height="281" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><iframe src=";;;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500" height="281" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Lesvos Yoga Project </em></strong>is a non profit project aiming to bring <strong>yoga </strong>and <strong>well being</strong> to <strong>refugees </strong>living in different camps in Lesvos.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Sport For Refugees</strong></em> is a French registered NGO organizing<strong> sport trainings</strong> for <strong>refugees </strong>in Lesvos.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>THE SITUATION:</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Lesvos is a beautiful greek island where <strong>over 6 000 human beings are stuck</strong>. They are refugees, <strong>displaced women, men and kids</strong>, from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cameroun, Erythrea an Congo, among others.</p><p>They fled war, persecution and conflicts. They <strong>survived a difficult journey</strong> on land and on the sea. Now, they are living in refugee camps where they face a lot of <strong>frustration</strong>, <strong>uncertainty </strong>about the future, <strong>unsafety </strong>and <strong>violence</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We want to<strong> bring them relief</strong>, we want to <strong>empower them</strong> by&nbsp;setting up <strong>daily goals</strong> and <strong>activities</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We want to make them <strong>feel surrounded by positivity</strong> and <strong>integrated </strong>in their new environnements.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We want to make them<strong> feel part of a community.</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WHY YOGA &nbsp;AND SPORTS ?</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Through <strong>developing physical</strong>, <strong>emotional </strong>&amp; <strong>mental balance,</strong> yoga has proven to be effective in <strong>helping with <u>Post Traumatic Stress Disorder</u></strong>. Alternatively, to seek psychological help refugees have to wait for an appointment for months (with 400 persons in line) while yoga gives instant relief by:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>brightening up their daily life</strong> and distracting from negative thoughts,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>developing their self knowledge</strong>, positive thinking, mindfulness and self awareness,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>easing stress</strong> and helping them <strong>find a home within themselves</strong>,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>building a community</strong> by getting together people from different&nbsp;origins and religions, with locals and people from around the globe;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe src=";;;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500" height="281" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports allows energies to flow</strong>: it&rsquo;s a way to give, to create and to <strong>use stamina</strong>. Practicing sports such as running, core workouts or martial arts enables refugees to:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>release their frustrations</strong>,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- to <strong>get away all the bad energy</strong> they have in themselves and to <strong>build positive ones for the future</strong>,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>help them clear their minds</strong>,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>become aware of their body </strong>and movements.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>In our vision YOGA and SPORT are complementary and that is why we want to share this with humans ! </strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Both <strong>training the body</strong>, the <strong>spirit </strong>and the <strong>mind </strong>are good for <strong>acquiring dedication</strong> and <strong>discipline</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p>

Allocation of funds

<p><strong>OUR NEEDS:</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>-<strong> holding space for yoga, meditation, core workouts, budokon &amp; dance</strong> (as well as for getting together in a warm place);</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>-<strong> inviting volunteer teachers, coaches</strong>, who can share knowledge, teach skills and conduct yoga sessions, sport trainings;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>organizing professional workshops and teacher trainings</strong> providing skills for future employment opportunities for refugees.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT:</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Buying <strong>materials to cover the wooden floor</strong> (as linoleum) : around <strong>300&euro;</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We need to fund a <strong>proper accommodation</strong> for at least 6 months in order for volunteer teachers and workshop leaders to come on the field. We want to dedicate <strong>1800 to 3600 euros</strong> to this part of our fundraising. It means that<strong> 360&euro; </strong>would be allocated <strong>per month</strong> for accommodation for a duration of <strong>6 months</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Last but not least, we need the place to be <strong>cosy</strong> and <strong>warm</strong>. So, we need <strong>heating </strong>for the winter months : 3 months (december, january, february), 40 euros per month; so a total cost of <strong>120 euros</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We also need to <strong>cover our own expenses as we invest our time and energy</strong> in this project: it represents around 800&euro; for round&nbsp;flights for both of us, 200&euro; per week for accommodation and 100&euro; per week for our personal expenses (food and basic needs).<strong> Coordinating and growing Sport For Refugees as an NGO is Estelle&#39;s full time job right now.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bonus amazing project</strong> (if our target is exceeded): we want to bring a teacher able to teach yoga to refugees for at least a month. We want to give them the opportunity to learn basic skills of yoga that they could use in their future professional life.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>CALENDAR</strong>:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>February</strong>: Corinne, amazing yoga teacher will come in and teach for men, women as well as for kids and adolescents.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>March</strong>: Our running project will be greeting new trainers and new passionate runners to motivate the group and make it even bigger ! <strong>We plan on joining the local trail race in Agiasos for 10 to 22 kilometers !&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Natalie </strong>is on her way for new great yoga classes to give and to make our space even a better place !&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>April</strong>: as many of our students are asking for it, we are trying to get a professional martial arts trainer to come join and train the guys. So that they will have the possibility to control their body, their movements and emotions in a better way everyday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>May</strong>: Katia will be back on track and will be teaching yoga in the wellness space ! She will be organizing then the Thai Massage course with our most motivated students.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="100%" alt="" src="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>The funds will be collected on the bank account of Sport For Refugees.</em></p>

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