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Rank-Imani’s purpose is twofold. Other than raising money through yoga sessions, we have a charity arm that will benefit from the revenues we make. When paying for your online yoga classes, Rank-Imani customers also have the opportunity to support one of our core areas. The customer can donate to one of the three projects or all. You are free to donate any amount for any project you choose to support. 

Our current charity projects include:

  1. The Langata Women's Prison, providing yoga for the prisoners.
  2. Yoga in the Dark taught by a visually impaired teacher to visually impaired groups.
  3. Silent Yoga taught by the hearing impaired teacher taught to the impaired groups.
  4. Kibera Slum School Children, teaching yoga to the children.

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A trip to Kibera slum opened my eyes to a different kind of lifestyle. I was heading to a particular school that offers education and shelter to the orphans in the slum. It was raining, and the thought of stepping on sewage, and mud kept crossing my mind even before we got there. I was accompanied by my yoga Instructor, who also teaches yoga to the children of this school. Many questions kept crossing my mind while we walked through the narrow paths between the houses made with mud.

On arrival, we found the children playing in a very narrow corridor since it was a Sunday, and they didn’t have classes. They seemed happy, but all I could do was pity them. For a moment I wished I could help them. An old lady came along and welcomed us into her room. She was introduced to me as the founder of this school. Her name is Mrs. Lona, though everyone calls her ‘Cucu’, meaning grandma.

This children’s home/school was founded in 2007, and it began with one child. In a few months, the number of children increased to over 10 children. At first, Mrs. Lona managed all the expenses but as the number of children increased, it became more challenging. Because she is uneducated, her passion to see children get education kept pushing her to do more for these helpless kids.  She sought help from various people, but their help was not forthcoming. She decided to come up with another way of earning money through artwork. She started making bangles, earrings and necklaces using the local beads.

To date, she has over 20 children in primary school and about 18 children in secondary school. From her expression, I could tell that this was a heavy burden. She pays their school fees; offers shelter and feeds them through her own pocket all the while taking care of their medical expenses. Well, she is just exceptional and kind. “I wish I can take my children to the university one day,” she said thoughtfully. “Most of them pass their secondary exams, but I can’t manage to take them to a college or university”. 

 

The Challenges

We all face challenges in our lives and sometimes it’s difficult to handle them by ourselves. Now, imagine what Cucu goes through in this slum to educate these less fortunate kids. Some of the challenges she faces are:

  • Lack of enough money to pay school fees, provide food and clothing including other necessities
  • Empty promises from donors.
  • The house they call home is poorly constructed and can fall apart anytime hence injuring the children. This gets worse as it rains because the water leaks into the house through the roof.
  • Lack of teaching aids.
  • Lack of clean water and poor sanitation.
  • Inadequate marketing avenues for her artwork. She relies on people who buy them from her house. This also limits her production because of the minimal sales she makes.

 

 

Mrs. Lona’s Dream

Mrs. Lona would love to have a spacious compound where the children can play just like other kids. She would like to see all her children become successful and prominent people in the society rather than living in the same slum that they were brought up in. She also hopes that one day she can build a center where the children can practice their skills before getting jobs.

Appreciation

Mrs. Lona appreciates the efforts of my yoga instructor, Miss Faith Kwamboka, for her efforts in teaching the young children yoga. The children now practice yoga three times in a week, and they love it. Mrs. Lona admits that the kids are happier since yoga was introduced to them.

The aim of our program is to raise funds that can assist us provide the children’s basic needs as well as building a center they can use as a school. We plan to provide other important facilities they need to improve the quality of education.

 

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Jan Rank

Chief Executive Officer,

Rank Imani Web-Yoga.

 
 
 

This is a sprawling complex with the women’s prison and a remand Centre. This makes the prison a maximum security facility. Langata prison hosts women who are convicted of crimes such as assault, murder, and robbery using a weapon from the entire country. It is the largest women’s prison in Kenya.

The prison has a remand and condemn (the actual prison). Remand holds the women whose cases are still pending or on-going while condemn holds women who have already been convicted and sentenced.

The remand prison is a large structure. It contains cells that have been organized around a courtyard. Cells are small rooms containing a bathroom. Each prisoner has a bed.

The condemn is quite different from the remand. The one-storey stone buildings are covered with red mud and are spaced throughout the entire complex evenly with pathways. There are also patches of grass although not around all the buildings. This creates a monotone color scheme.

The prisoners have the freedom to choose how they would like to spend their days, not unless they have to attend a court session. So they can choose to stay in the cells, prepare for court, take part in the various prison rehabilitation projects.

Other than the wards, (places where inmates sleep), there is the kitchen, the administration offices, a bakery, counselling buildings/classrooms, sports area, a dispensary, an industry room that inmates use to make handcrafts.

Our program is geared towards providing the inmates with the amazing yoga experience and ensure that they get to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Yoga is also a great way for the prisoners to unwind and relax and still stay healthy and fit. The donations will assist in getting them appropriate yoga apparels and props including other necessities that they require like sanitary pads and clothes for the kids. Your generous donations will change an inmate's life!

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Yoga is a form or exercise that doesn’t discriminate anyone. Even the deaf, blind and dumb do practice yoga because they deserve to be healthy and strong just like any other person.

I believe that it is paramount for students who are hearing, speech or visually impaired is to get the basic understanding of the fundamentals of yoga. They should also get an instructor who can support them so they can participate in a thoughtful way.

As the yoga culture grows worldwide, it’s important for us not to leave them behind. Our program is meant to offer them the right yoga apparels and props that they require while doing yoga so that they can enjoy the beautiful experience. You may ask how can you be of help? Well, with your generous donations you will not only help in touching their lives but also change them, keep them healthier and doing what they love, and that’s yoga!

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