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創設者・代表 三松 佳代子の紹介

「2006年、ヨガのアサナと哲学を学び始め、心身ともに健康に恵まれる自分の人生をもっと社会貢献に活かしたいと思うようになりました。特にヨガの母国であるインドの恵まれない女性や子どもたちへの援助をしたいと強く思いました。日々のヨガの練習から多くの恩恵を受けている私たちが、恩返しの活動をできるのではないかと、ヨガの先生やスタジオのマネージャーに話したところ、皆さんがこのアイデアを支持してくれました。「1回のヨガクラスの費用で、誰かの未来を応援できる」というマントラとともに、Yoga Gives Backが生まれました。

1991年渡米以来、フリーランスとしてNHKスペシャル番組などドキュメンタリー番組制作に従事する傍ら、2007年に趣味で始めたアシュタンガ・ヨガに深く影響受け、その 恩返しをする活動としてヨガの発祥地インドの貧困層を支援する非営利組織ヨガギヴスバックをロサンジェルスで設立。ノーベル平和賞受賞経済学者ムハメド・ユヌス氏が提唱したマイクロファイナンシングに共鳴し、 インドの貧しい女性たちに少額ローンを提供することからスタート。2007年以来、定期的にインドを訪問し、YGBが支援する子供達、青少年、母親たちの苦悩と希望をYGBフィルムとして制作、世界中のヨガコミュニテイーに向けて紹介する他、YGB代表としてアジアヨガ大会、ロンドンオームヨガショー、アシュタンガヨガコンフルエンス他、このキャンペーンの代表としてYGBの30カ国以上にに渡る国際的な活動普及とインド支援プログラムの発展に専念している。  

Global Awareness Outreach

In the last fifteen years, Yoga Gives Back has spread globally with 150 Ambassadors who are yoga teachers sharing YGB’s mission with their communities as well as raising funds with their events. We have also created a community of dedicated volunteers and partnering sponsors whose annual contribution also tremendously helps our mission.

YGB Communities Growing in 30 Countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, NewZealand, Italy, France, UK, The Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, Turkey, UAE

Programs of Empowerment in India

550 mothers

with micro loans

1400 children

with care and education

400 youths

with 5-year scholarships for higher education

With growing global support, we are now empowering over 2400 women and children in India with a minimum five-year commitment to each person. Today, YGB’s “Sister Aid” program provides microloans to 550 mothers and primary education to 600 young girls and abandoned children. Our “SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education)” program offers 400 disadvantaged youths in Karnataka and West Bengal an opportunity to obtain college degrees.

Having witnessed severe socio-economic impact of the pandemic, we also added a new program “Project Shaale” in Karnataka, a special education assistance to help 800 poor and rural children to catch up with their education after 18 month-long school closure. “Women Rise Digital Center” aims to provide access to computers, Internet and skills training for 5,000 underserved girls and women in rural West Bengal to uplift also their families and the entire region, as well as achieving menstrual equity through our introduction of the Pad Project.

Over the last decade, we have worked closely with our respectful NGO partners (Non Governmental Organizations) in India to carry out and grow YGB programs together: Deenabandhu and Shaktidhama in Karnataka, Nishtha in West Bengal.

There are many charity organizations within the yoga community, but there is none other that focused on giving back to India, especially to support the serious challenges of poverty and related social issues. It’s clear that the economic imbalance is lopsided, that impoverished mothers will never even have a chance to relax with yoga practice in India; while so many of us, an estimated 300 million practitioners today, enjoy this practice mainly for self-care, generating an estimated 80 billion dollars.

Now, our goal is to reach to #OneMillionYogis so we can create much bigger impact, empowering lives.

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