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AZAHAR Foundation

AZAHAR Foundation

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Azahar Peace School

The AZAHAR Foundation works in post-conflict communities providing free yoga classes and yoga teacher training. Their aim is to break cycles of violence, and focus on the recovery and rehabilitation of individuals, and the communities in which they live. 

They do this by identifying young leaders and providing them with a 2-year professional community development, arts and yoga teacher training to empower them to become agents of positive change within their communities.

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The organization was founded by Yogeswari (Estelle Eichenberger) in 2008. It is a registered charity in the United States, Switzerland and Cambodia. Approximately 90% of its staff and beneficiaries are women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yogeswari describes them as the “daughters of genocide survivors whose opportunities are generally limited to working in sweat shops, sex slavery or on impoverished farms”.

AZAHAR Foundation currently runs two Centers for Peace, Yoga & Arts and a vegan café in Cambodia and teaches yoga in five NGOs in Rwanda. The objective is to establish professional schools in said disciplines on each continent. A central Peace Village in Switzerland will facilitate cross-cultural exchange and collaborations.

 In Cambodia, vocational development happens in 3 phases:

1) Casting the Net: Free Vegan Food & Yoga for All 

These yoga classes are for children, adolescents & young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. Young people are exposed to yoga and meditation, which is inherent in the spiritual tradition of Cambodia. Due to malnutrition and poverty, young people are more likely to participate in extra-curricular activities when a free meal is provided. 

2) Professional Training

Currently, the Professional Training comprises an 8-month Peace Curriculum that exposes young people to yoga, meditation, various artistic disciplines, as well as areas of peace work and social development. This is followed by a two-month internship in an NGO or community in need. The second year is a Yoga Teacher Training which, since 2019, has been provided by local teachers. Currently, AZAHAR offers one international scholarship for Yoga Teacher Training and would like to expand that international scholarship program to the Arts.

3) Career Opportunities:

Yoga teachers who have gone through the Foundation’s training are now eligible to make a living through AZAHAR Foundation. They teach public classes at their centers to students who are able to pay class fees. They also teach in businesses, factories, corporations and NGOs.

AZAHAR is looking to develop a similar system for the Performing Arts, both through teaching and performing. The goal is to become a self-sustaining social business.

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Apr 01, 2021

DeborahC

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Mar 31, 2021

Suzanne Wells

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Mar 31, 2021

Wendy Greig

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Mar 22, 2021

Amber Olson

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Mar 11, 2021

Caroline

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Mar 11, 2021

Anna Coscia

Donation done for the Zoom class coming up on Thursday, March 11th at 5 pm GMT. My name is Anna Coscia and the email is anna_coscia@yahoo.co.uk

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Dec 18, 2020

Mira Khreino

Class: Friday 5:30-7:00pm London time.

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Dec 18, 2020

Anonymous

Reference 18 December Yoga 17.30 GMT class

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