We were born to dance, born to move, born to stand out, born to make a dent in this world for a higher purpose.
Many girls cannot dance because they are in bondage from sex trafficking/modern day slavery, affecting more than 27 million victims in our world today. Amazing organizations, like International Justice Mission
, are working to put an end to these injustices by rescuing girls out of this vicious system, putting them on the path to rehabilitation and healing. Once the rescue happens, the journey has just begun for these girls in aftercare homes, to reclaim their lives and move into a future with hope. This happens through education, counseling, mentors, vocational training and a lot of love. Hoola for Happiness has an amazing opportunity to partner with some of these homes in India at the end of this year, through dance movement therapy programs in the homes. We want to see the complete healing of each of these girls, in mind, body and spirit. Dance is an incredible way to experience freedom. Hooping is great exercise and a lot of fun, bringing joy, laughter, confidence, creativity and smiles. We will also be incorporating positive messages about body image, self esteem, inner healing and giving back through the hoop. The details are still being worked out, but here is what we need:
1. 400 travel hoops, enough for each girl to get her own: 400 x $10 = $4,000 (We might be able to make these in India with the girls, and this would lower our costs to 300 rupees per hoop, which is about $6...so 400 x $6 = $2,400. But this will take considerably more time as we have to find better supplies there and implement hoop making into the workshops.) There are way more than 400 girls at all the locations, but this gives us a start, and we will go from there!
2. Additional hoop dance teachers (in progress) - everyone will have to raise their own support to get there and teach
3. Lodging/transportation funds for at least two-three months (fundraising for these costs, and exploring some cheap group housing options)
4. Lots of prayers for open doors and open hearts!
Hoola for Happiness is a non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida (USA) that uses hoola hoops to spread joy. We take hoops all over the world to children, teens and adults in impoverished countries, as well as hoop locally with different nonprofits, events, churches and youth groups. We want to unite the hooping community with passion and purpose by showing God’s love to all. www.hoolaforhappiness.org
Our hoops have made their way to 33 countries with our team of Hoola for Happiness Joy Spreaders (hoop missionaries). Our 16 Joy Spreaders make and sell handmade "Hoola for Life" hoops with a positive message, as well as teach local dance classes, in the hopes of raising funds to support underprivileged children and their families, donate hoops, spread joy, and BE the love of God!