Bringing Light Into Darkness: Prison Mala Project
Over the past two decades the the population of women in prison has increased by 278%. Additionally, we know that 95% of the women currently incarcerated struggle with PTSD. We have a women’s prison crisis.
The rapidly growing population combined with limited funding means that these women struggle to access quality programs to support them as they heal from trauma, build character, and work to create a better life for themselves. But, DAYA Foundation is here to help.
DAYA offers a 200-hour yoga teacher training program for adults in custody who have realized the power and benefits of yoga and want to give back to their community. These women are then able to teach yoga to other women in custody and in turn build mindfulness, community, and resiliency. DAYA has been successfully running these teacher training programs in men’s prisons in Oregon for 3 years. Starting in 2019, we are expanding to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility a declared trauma-informed women’s prison in Wilsonville, Oregon.
We have seen tremendous benefits of the program for individuals as well as the overall community. The need for DAYA’s programming in women’s prison is great but we can’t do it without your help. That is why we are asking you to help us build a mala.
A mala is a devotional necklace made up of 108 beads. When you build a mala you are asking your community to donate $23 for each bead. When you've found sponsors for all 108 beads, you have raised enough for one woman to participate in the yoga training program in prison! Each woman who participates will then be able to teach in prison, creating an even larger impact with your generous funds.
Please become a mala builder today.
Recruit 108 sponsors, one bead per sponsor ($23)
Recruit 54 sponsors, two beads per sponsor ($46)
Recruit 27 sponsors, four beads per sponsor ($92)
With support from your community, you can make a huge difference in the lives of women living in prison.
Thank you for helping us build our malas.