Seva: Supporting Vulnerable Women in the UK and India
I love people, and I love nature. I believe that every action has a consequence, that we are all connected as one and that we must live as a member of a loving world, helping in some way to create this every day. As part of my Seva (selfless service) work, I work closely with two charities and donate to them in different ways.
Firstly, I work with Ashadeep, India. Ashadeep is an organization founded in 1996 in Guwahati that works in the field of mental health in North-East India. Ashadeep works to provide rehabilitation and care at the level of the family and the community. Working with the families of persons with mental illness and learning challenges has also led Ashadeep to work with women who are homeless, with the ultimate aim of reintegrating them back with their families. This has extended and given a new dimension to family interventions in the field of mental health. Ashadeep provides the women with housing and paid employment.
I source all of my mala bags from the charity, where the women create them from scratch (the cotton is sourced from fields local to the home), and am working with them to create a collection of meditation tools such as cushions and prayer shawls. All of these will be sold not-for-profit as my way of bringing the incredible work that these women to do a wider audience.
You can find out more about Ashadeep via their website.
The women of Ashadeep creating textiles for Chant Malas.
I also work closely with Ourmala. A London-based charity, who provide free yoga classes, advice and support for women asylum-seekers, refugees and their children.
In their words...
'We provide a safe space to breathe and heal for people who are refugees and asylum-seekers, including survivors of trafficking and modern day slavery. Specialist trauma-informed yoga, a welcoming and supportive community plus other wrap-around services.'
Most recently I have donated 25 malas and 25 wrist malas to their 'Happy Baby Project', which is raising money to provide soon-to-be as well as new mothers with a safe space in South London, where they can receive support, help and care. Please go here to donate what you can.
Please go to Ourmala's website to find out more about their incredible work.