West Cork yoga teachers travel to Jordan to help refugees

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Posted on: 10th February, 2015

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

In March, two West Cork Yoga teachers, Bella Hancock and Claire Osborne will travel to Amman in Jordan to teach yoga to refugees, as part of ‘Collateral Repair Project’.

Collateral Repair Project is a local grassroots organisation offering humanitarian assistance to refugees from war and conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The project provides food, fuel, help with medical care and so on, as well as creating a community centre where people can meet, attend English classes, computer classes, and Yoga training.

Last November, Bella went there to offer Yoga classes and a teacher training programme with the idea that the Yoga project could become self-sustaining, with some of the refugees then going on to become Yoga teachers in their new exiled community.

These refugees have had to flee their homes and communities due to war and conflict, often with only the clothes they are wearing. Many of them are suffering from PTSD, grief, stress and anxiety. They do not know what their future is, or even how they will eat or keep warm. Collateral Repair Project realises that people need to rebuild their mental and physical wellbeing. Yoga is a fantastic and necessary tool for these people. It provides a haven where they can let go of some of their worries and begin to find some peace.

In the words of Khaled: “I’ve been In Amman for a year and half, my nerves are wrecked. It is very hard because of all the pressures on my family. Yoga really helps me to relax and clear my thoughts”.

Bella and Claire are currently fundraising for the project. For more information or to make a donation, contact Bella Hancock on 086 8910099 or Claire Osborne 086 2134080.

 www.collateralrepairproject.org.

 

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