NGO Partner Spotlight
Krama Yoga partners with some wonderful NGOs to bring yoga to children and youth. Today we are proud to feature one of those NGOs, VOICE Cambodia. Interview is with Hillary Larman, an Operations Manager at VOICE.
VOICE is committed to listening to the voices of marginalised and disempowered people, and assisting people in crisis to access their fundamental human rights.
VOICE is a humanitarian organisation working with people in crisis in Cambodia. At VOICE, we believe that with the right tools and support, everybody has the potential to change their own lives for the better. VOICE uses an individual case-by-case approach to achieve sustainable, long term solutions.
When did VOICE get involved with Krama?
We started classes six months ago, initially as a trial, after I attended Nataraj for my own practice and learned about Krama Yoga's outreach program. We currently have classes once a month but will be increasing that in the near future.
Why does VOICE think it is important to offer yoga to the children they work with?
Making the trip to the yoga classes alone has an impact. It exposes the children to a different environment and way of life than they're used to. It temporarily removes them from neighbourhoods with issues including drugs, sex work, and violence. When the kids get to yoga a lot of behavioural issues go away. Yoga is a treat for them and they really pay attention. It is our hope that yoga will teach them to self calm, regulate stress, and problem solve.
How has yoga affected the children in their day to day lives?
On the way home from yoga classes we are able to talk to the children about the class and how it made them feel which is important for them to learn to express. There is also cross over into school, with some children displaying more focus and less behavioural issues. We hope with consistency and time the yoga practice will help all the children make positive changes.
To learn more about VOICE Cambodia please visit: voice.org.au/childrensproject