We are happy that you found your way to our fundraising campaign. Our aim is to provide new yoga supplies for Prafull Oorja’s uBloom program which benefits children with special needs. While Indian summer break is around the corner, we are already thinking about next school year. This summer, help us to raise 650,000 INR/ 10,000 USD so the kids start the school year fresh with new and eco-friendly yoga therapy supplies.
About Prafull Oorja
Prafull Oorja is a Bangalore-based charitable trust foundation that brings yoga and other holistic practices to under-resourced communities such as special needs children, prison communities, trauma survivors, children homes, rural women and youth. The organisation trains teachers, parents, yoga teachers and local leaders to sustain the systems and practices shared. In addition, Prafull Oorja provides economic opportunities for beneficiaries to teach/ lead yoga sessions, or create handmade yoga products.
Prafull Oorja has existed for 4 years, and is rapidly growing while receiving positive feedback and a high demand for the services provided. The non-profit organisation is currently serving in Bangalore and Mumbai, with ongoing plans to expand to other rural and urban areas in India. Prafull Oorja’s vision is to share yoga and holistic practices with under-resourced communities in order to empower and enhance their lives and sense of well being. The support system which Prafull Oorja provides to these target groups, irrespective of caste, creed, gender or religion, is unmatched in the space in which this organisation works.
uBloom yoga for special needs
Prafull Oorja’s 20 uBloom yoga therapists currently serve 550+ special needs children in 20 schools across Bangalore and Mumbai for around 50 hours each week. In 2018/19 school year we are anticipating serving over 1500 children every week across India.
Yoga is scientifically proven to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The uBloom yoga therapy for special needs classes are comprised of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathwork), mantras (songs), mudras (hand gestures), and dhyana (relaxation). Our uBloom curriculum at Prafull Oorja is designed to use yoga as a form of therapy to help children with special needs transform physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Read more about the benefits of yoga therapy for special needs on our website.
Living with disabilities in India
The 2011 Indian Census identified almost 27 million people living with a mental or physical disability in India and found that at least half of the respondents were children. Despite a large number of people with disabilities, there are few resources available regarding education and therapy for special needs, especially in rural areas which make up about 70 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population. In India, children with special needs are often rejected from their families which removes support for the child and causes suffering for the entire community. Beyond the societal difficulties, persons with disabilities face personal issues associated with their unique disability which include: difficulty communicating, understanding and expressing emotions, moving independently, understanding instructions or social cues, focusing, relating to others, sitting still and registering stimuli.
Our campaign - Yoga therapy supplies
At the present moment, the schools Prafull Oorja serve are either missing necessary supplies or are having yoga mats and other material which are damaged. In some of our schools' kids practice on the floor and at others, we need to replace torn old mats with cloth mats. In order to maximise the impact of the yoga therapy, we are looking to collect funds to support our 2018/19 schools with eco-friendly yoga supplies.
The condition of yoga mats at one of the uBloom yoga therapy schools.
With your help we can provide uBloom yoga therapy schools with eco-friendly cotton mats.
We are estimating approx 20,000 INR would be needed per school, which adds up to a total 650,000 INR/ 10,000 USD. In case our fundraising target is exceeded, additional funds will be used towards Prafull Oorja’s overall mission to provide yoga therapy and other holistic practices towards to under-resourced communities.
1000 INR/15 USD supports 5 children with eye pillows
2200 INR/35 USD supports one school with a big singing bowl
5500 INR/85 USD supports one school with 5 yoga mats
11,000 INR/170 USD supports one school with yoga mats
20,000 INR/310 USD supports all materials for one school
Tibetian singing bowls can be of varied use during a yoga therapy class.
Every donation counts and will receive the children’s warmest gratitude in the form of a thank you message. You will also see pictures of how your contribution has brightened up their yoga therapy sessions.
Donations over 5000 INR receives a personal thank you post on Prafull Oorja’s Facebook page.
Donation of 20,000 INR or more receives a personal thank you post on Praful Oorja’s Facebook page and a personal thank you message including pictures of yoga supplies being received at the school supported
The positive impact of uBloom yoga for special needs program have been experienced by school staff and directors, uBloom teachers, parents and participants themselves. Here follows a few testimonials showing that the uBloom program for special needs are making a lasting impact in the children's lives.
“EDventure Academy’s idea of holistic development is complete with Prafull Oorja Foundation’s yoga program. Namaste Yoga!”
- Santhi Karamcheti, Director, EDventure Academy
“Prafull Oorja’s USP… is that they know how to work with the kids using all these practices. They really engage the children.”
- Jayashree Ramesh, Director, ASHA Charitable Trust
“Every time a nonverbal child says a word for the first time is pure magic...the mixture of surprise, shock, happiness, love and excitement is indescribable”
-Sudeepta, uBloom yoga therapist
“One of my dreams to work with children with special needs became true when I joined hands and started my journey with Prafull Oorja in February 2016. When you are able to bring a small difference in these wonderful children through Yoga I would say NOTHING MORE COULD BE FULFILLING IN YOUR LIFE. Working with these children is most satisfying of all the things that I do!”
- Bindhu, uBloom yoga therapist
“I have noticed most of the students leave the class with lot of energy and happiness, which makes me feel peaceful. After seeing these changes in my students, I believe yoga can bring more changes in them and I will continue teaching yoga.”
- Doreen, uBloom yoga therapist
“While visiting the uBloom schools Prafull Oorja works with, I got a glimpse of the children's joy and excitement related to their weekly yoga practises. Talking to uBloom teachers, I’ve noticed that regular yoga practice have shown various positive effects on the children mental and physical well-being related to everything from increasing mobility and oral expression skills to ability to relax and better control over one's emotions”
- Josefine Nilsson, Prafull Oorja intern
"I like to do the surya namaskar, butterfly and crocodile pose. I like yoga very much"
- Anvit, special needs child
"I like to chant OM. My favorite poses are dog pose, cat pose and butterfly pose. Yoga makes me feel good"
- Medhakah, special needs child
"I like to do yoga everyday. Yoga is good for body and health. For all. Yoga makes me feel good. I like to do the cat pose"
- Tushar, special needs child
"I feel great when I do yoga. I feel relaxed. I like to sing the tree song and do the tree pose"
- Vishnu, special needs child
"I like my yoga teacher very much. Yoga makes me feel good. I like to do the cat pose" (Starts to sing the tree song)
- Akhil, special needs child
"My favorite poses are cat, lion, chair and tree. I love yoga and I love to sing the butterfly song which my teacher sings"
- Kundan, special needs child
"I feel good when I do yoga. I like to be a butterfly when we do the butterfly pose. Butterfly, butterfly fly fly fly. Fly up high, up in the sky"
- Vinay, special needs child
Support our cause ❤️
We appreciate any donation, big or small. Help us to support special needs children getting the most out of their yoga practice while providing them with new eco-friendly yoga supplies!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions related to the campaign or Prafull Oorja’s work in general. Visit our website and Facebook page to keep updated and learn more about our various projects supporting under-resourced communities.