Tools for Inner Peace has launched the Swami Pragyamurti Hope project to bring yoga and healing to street youth in Freetown, Sierra Leone (West Africa). With this work we hope to keep alive Swami Pragyamurti’s legacy. We have a match fund campaign running from 28th November to 5th December, and would love your help.
The intention of this project is to:
- Reach the kinds of students she was most committed to, “our fellow human beings in the most desperate conditions, striving, trying and hoping where there is so little hope”.
- Share the method and sequences that she developed for teaching the downtrodden in prisons and in South African townships.
The Swami Pragyamurti Hope Project will use the manual she developed for teaching in prisons – theYoga Manual for Prisoners and Other Castaways – as a basis. We will train a group of 8-10 yoga teachers in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to share the practices and sequences from her manual. These yoga teachers will then teach her sequences in prisons and to hundreds of homeless street youth – including drug addicts, gang members and prostitutes – in the slums and ghettos of Freetown.
On the Ground
The aim of our yoga outreach work is to help generate new healthy habits and improve mental and physical health in prisons and marginalised communities. Many of the participants live on one meal a day and no access to health care, so we combine our sessions in the slums with a warm nutritious meal and monthly nurse visit.
Training using Swami Pragyamurti’s manual will be offered as seva by Mantramala, who receives no salary for her work. It is intended to strengthen and expand the yoga work that is already ongoing in Freetown slums. We hope to grow our group of 4 community yoga teachers by offering the training to a total of 8-10 yoga teachers.
Contribute to the Campaign
This funding campaign is to support the team of yoga teachers on the ground. Tools for Inner Peace has managed to raise £2000 in pledges for matching funding from supporters and from a private charitable foundation, and we would now need to collect a further £2000 from individual donors to be able to ring in these pledges. Every donation will bring in double the funds. The campaign runs for one week, from 28th November to 5th December.
The first £2000 in matching pledges was collected already during the summer of 2023. This pot of money will grow to £4000 with your individual donations, and the full amount will now be dedicated to the Swami Pragyamurti Hope Project.
What the Money Will Buy
- 40 weekly meals for 60 participating street youth at £50 per week (83p per person): £2,000
- 40 weekly stipends at £10 for each of our four trainers: £1,600
- 10 monthly nurse visits at £40 each: £400
Total for 10 months: £4,000