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Volunteer Social Services based on Karma Yoga Principals

Through participatory approaches with diligent care and supervision we try to guide our students to provide selfless services and prey to God that our involvement in welfare and social works will only bring the best out of all involved. We have chosen a methodology and adjusted it as we have gone along hoping it would prevent any abuse, laziness or crippling people’s potentials. Since 1998 to date this involvement provides hand on experience and opportunities for volunteer students and coworkers who have had the desire to perform acts of good intention and deed for their individual development in the path of yoga. We also believe in performing our institutional social responsibility.

Besides from the Yoga Institutes Reserved Fund, some donations were accepted with care through a completely separate financial system from registration and revenues. These funds were put in use with the help of students with our active participation under strict monitoring and evaluation and supervision only where and when:

  • A helping hand could bring out their best potentials for a healthy life for hard working families and individuals by providing small grants for medical emergencies, education, boosting skill for job creation and hunting.
  • We had strong local partners as individuals trusted by their communities in remote areas to help identify rural and small community students in need.
  • We could participate in specific tasks and could supervise on the fund spending and quality, we become involved in specific projects with legal welfare organizations.
  • Devastating natural disasters hit such as Bam earthquakes we tried to participate in relief aid and temporary settlement needs by working with organization in the area to assess specific needs and meet it to the point of participation in the process of ordering, delivery and installment of the required facilities as well as assessing the groups using them. Our students who are specialists in certain field have volunteered to help as specialists such as doctors, nurses, engineers, and so on asking advise from us.
  • We could evaluate the assessed needs and have a say on the criterion of the improvement and fund spending, participated in school access road upgrading, class room creation, sanitary and playground improvements in small communities. More specific selected information is provided for six categories in the attached table. All entries and cases have original backup documents such as receipts, pictures, videos and such.

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 1. Through Registered Welfare Institutions

Institution Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
Kahrizak Retirement Home for the Unprivileged, Disabled and Elderly Male & female MS patients
  • Trained yoga students/ teachers would hold weekly to bi-weekly classes with adapted yoga movements & breathing techniques and general counseling
  • Purchased, packaged and distributed supplementary nutrients, nuts and dried fruits based on weekly enquiries by yoga students/teachers
  • Purchased wheel chair, supervised the required technical modifications, delivered, tested, returned for another set of requirements
  • Tehran South
Emam Ali Organization Empowerment of Street Children Street Children Boys & Girls
  • Food Fare for 50 kids
  • Food Fare for 20 to 40 kids on several occasions
  • Athletics ground protection mats
  • Food Fare, Winter clothing, tailor made school clothing
  • Participated in definition of a job creation project for mothers of street children to sew cloth shopping bags with environmental awareness motives with a UNDP/GEF/SGP project to reduce the income generation requirement burden for their street children
  • Tehran East, Khak sefid
  • Tehran West, Saadatabad
  • Tehran South, Molavi
  • Karaj
Behzisti Orphan boys and girls Provided nutrition packs
  • Tehran North
Mehrparvaran Omid Physically disabled men and women Financial support to purchase disability aid apparatus
  • Tehran North

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 2. Grants / Loans & Educational Funds (EFs)

Grants / Loans & EFs Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
Women Mountain Climbing Group 10 women climbers Provided computer for their office and financial support to equip young women climbers aiming for high mountain peaks.
  • Kordestan
High-risk Jobs 2 Male Parkbans One time grant to be paid in one year
  • Tehran
Yoga Students and Trainers Male & Female and the family members Many no interest loans and grants throughout the years for skills development, mortgage, bridal, car purchase medical, child birth, educational and so on were provided to the close network as requested.
  • Tehran, Gilan
Educational Fund A group of 8 to 15 male and female boys and girls Since 2005 this revolving fund is operating through local community developers who in connection to schools choose the students with high potential and least income or high family problem from elementary to university students. Every year the lists of students are upgraded and 3 payments are made for each season after the performance is evaluated. This fund has helped many among them University graduates.
  • Ilam, Dareshahr
Educational Fund A group of 10 to 20 male and female boys and girls From 2000 to 2010 this revolving fund was operating through local community developers. This fund has helped many among them University graduates.
  • Kordestan, Sanandaj
Educational Fund Female Financial support for University student Graphic Major art supplies
  • Hormozegan, Roudan
Educational Fund A group of 8 male and female boys and girls Covered specific costs of rehabilitation/educational activities for youngsters devastated by EQ in a volunteer center
  • Kerman, Bam
Marriage Fund for mortgage Young couple To be returned in 3 years
  • Ilam

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 3. Refugees/ Immigrants Support Funding’s

Support Funding’s Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
Afghan Family Single-parent mother w three children, 1girl, 2 boys Father killed in well drilling. Mentored and supported the family financially and emotionally. School registration, doctors’ appointments and accompanying if needed financial support for skill development classes for all three children in computer and English for a period of 10 years before they were able to migrate to Europe throw a UN program.
  • Tehran South, Varamin
Voluntary Afghan Schools Primary school Junior High school High school
  • Paid all three schools’ monthly rent to support the sustainability of their educational efforts for the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants for three consecutive years
  • monitored their activities provided gas burned heaters for the winter cold
  • provided school supplies for the start of the year in preset packs prepared specifically to the number of students
  • Tehran South, Varamin
Afghan Family Single-parent mother w two children, 1 daughter,1 son Father killed in war. Supported the family financially and emotionally. Doctors’ appointments and accompanying if needed, financial support for skill development classes for daughter in computer and English for a period of 5 years before they were able to migrate to Europe throw a UN program.
  • Tehran South, Shahr-Rey

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 4. Natural Disaster Funding’s

Natural Disaster Funding’s Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
Bam EQ
  • Woman
  • Many homeless kindergarten children boys and girls who had lost parents and family members
  • Medical student
  • Participate in relief aid and temporary settlement needs by working mother & child NGOs by participation in the process of ordering
  • Financial assistance to purchase playing stations diverse facilities for kindergarten outdoor activities through Donya Children’s Research Institute
  • Monitoring its performance & its effectiveness to bring some vitality and happiness
  • Some students volunteered to help as specialists as doctors, nurses and engineers for special tasks
  • Resident of Bam, student of Sistan
  • Bam, Kerman Bam and vicinity
  • Rural communities, Kerman
  • Arab community, Bam, Kerman
Ilam Flood Students Financed and monitored replacement of the broken window glasses in cold months
  • Dareshahr, Ilam
Boushehr EQ - Financed and monitored purchase of sanitary water barrels for emergency aid
  • Boushehr

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 5. Medical Aid Funding’s

Medical Aid Funding’s Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
Hearing aid School Girl Financial support to provide partial coverage of aid apparatus
  • Bam
Hearing aid School Girl Financial support to provide partial coverage of aid apparatus
  • Ilam
Vision aid School Girl Financial support to provide partial coverage of aid apparatus
  • Ilam
Cataract Operation Female Elderly Financial support to provide partial coverage of lens
  • Ilam
MS patients Young Females Offered movement aid classes. Offered anger management and relaxation technique classes
  • Tehran
Cancer patients Females Financial assistances to partially cover medication
  • Tehran, Kouzestan

Payammehr Yoga Institute’s selected Participatory Social Work Activities

Table 6. School Aid: Improvements, Upgrading Facilities

School Aid Target Group & Gender Type of Service Province
School Renovation & Facility Improvement Girl primary and junior high school Participated in school access road upgrading, class room creation, sanitary and playground improvements
  • Ilam
Computer Girls school Donation of well-shaped 2nd hand desktop computers
  • Damavand Vicinity Rural School
  • Tehran Province