Since the early 2000s I’ve been supporting an orphanage outside Mysore called Odanadi, which means ‘soulmate’. I started teaching yoga to the children there and have since supported Odanadi in other ways too.
The orphanage hosts and takes care of women, girls and boys who have been victims of trafficking and many forms of abuse, including sexual abuse. Odanadi cares for their health, wellbeing and education towards independence and self-respect.
Since 2010 I’ve been raising money towards higher education for the children in honour and memory of a dear friend and student, Thomasine Hindmarch, who left her body in early age. I introduced her to Odanadi during her first visit to Mysore and she fell in love with the children and the place, returning later as a voluntary worker there.
Contributing to this orphanage and my ongoing co-operation with Odanadi is very dear to me. Please contact me if you would like to donate or contribute to this wonderful cause.