Facts and Figures
AZAHAR Foundation contributes to peace building by enabling community exchanges and interactions while exposing local communities and
prospect community leaders to tools and practices that can empower them. The local knowledge is central to creating a culture of peace, where participation is encouraged and monumental to fostering sustainability through a multiplier-effect. We provide a space and facilitate resources for local stakeholders to become the healers of traumatized and wounded societies.
Young Peace Makers
2007 Kien Khleang Orphanage Center is a government-run establishment in Phnom Penh where the first generation of AZAHAR’s students were approached. Individualized sponsorship program for yoga and supporting education Khleang Orphanage in Phnom Penh, in partnership with Krama Yoga, a local NGO, and ELT (English Language Training Institute).
2013 AZAHAR was able to start teaching classes at Riverkids, an NGO that is located in one of the most vulnerable slums in Phnom Penh, where about 70 % of adults are making a living as trash collectors, and where many young people are victims of child trafficking and other forms of violence and abuse.
In 2013, five of the young people from AZAHAR’s Kien Khleang Orphanage project were enrolled in Bodysmart, a 2-year Pre-Teacher Training program for teenagers, run by AZAHAR’s partner organization, Krama Yoga, and funded by Taiwanese Yoga teacher John Ang.
2015 three weekly yoga classes for young people from Kien Khleang orphanage center and RIverkids NGO
Creative Facilitation for Peace
Peace Camps: 5 Annual Peace Camps
→ Gender streamlining component
→ Highly motivated young people, mostly women, who live in conditions of poverty, including former garment workers
Peace Facilitator Intensive Program
→ Launched in 2016 in Phom Phen
→ 2017: Two year peace curriculum developed /Peace facilitation school opened in Siem Reap
→ 2018: Peace program internship component launched through community grassroots programs and local NGOs
Yoga Training Retreats
→ 10 yoga retreats since 2009
→ More than 150 local yoga Cambodian practitioners trained
→ Cross-cultural and inter-cultural experience in the context of promoting self-awareness and community sharing.
Yoga Teacher Trainings
→ Co-Sponsored International Yoga Teacher Trainings
→ 2 co-sponsored teacher trainings with international certifications in combination with AZAHAR Foundation Peace Curriculum.
→ 32 teacher graduates. (2016, 2017)
AZAHAR Foundation Yoga Teacher Training
→ AZAHAR Foundation 200HR, 100HR, and 50HR Teacher Training (Jivamukti inspired) with integrated Peace Curriculum.
→ 16 teacher graduates.
International Yoga Teacher Trainings
1. Jivamukti Yoga® 300HR Yoga Teacher Training
→ 2022: Online Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (3 months) (6 participants from Cambodia)
→ 2022: Annual Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (1 year) (3 participants from Rwanda)
→ 2020: Annual Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (1 month) (1 graduate from Cambodia)
→ 2019: Annual Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (1 month) (1 graduate from Cambodia)
→ 2018: Annual Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (1 month) (1 graduate from Cambodia)
→ 2005: Annual Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training (1 month) (Graduates from Lebanon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Syria and Rwanda)
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training by Fundación Radika
→ 2021: (2 graduates from Cambodia and 2 Participants from Rwanda)
→ 2022: (2 participants from Cambodia)
Centers for Peace, Yoga and Arts
2 Centers opened Phnom Penh and Siem Reap*
* Currently only Phnom Penh center is operating as Siem Reap center closed in 2021, due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mahoub Bous Vegan Restaurant
→ First Cambodian vegan restaurant within the country*
→ 800+ free vegan meals distributed to vulnerable children within Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
* Mahoub Bous restaurant closed in 2021, due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Yoga and Meditation Studio Average Activity Level on Annual Basis:
→ 145+ classes per month
→ 6+ events per year
→ Classes every day of the week (In studio and lives-tream)
→ Average Reach on Annual Basis: 2,500+ students per year
Community Wellness Program:
→ Classes/Sessions with Private Sector Partners: Activity Level: 392 sessions, Reach: 390 participants
→ Classes/Sessions with NGO Partners:
Activity Level: 283 sessions, Reach: 172 participants
→ Classes/Sessions with School Partners:
Activity Level: 120 sessions, Reach: 50 participants
→ Classes/Sessions with Individual Partners:
Activity Level: 35 sessions, Reach: 10 participants
Peace facilitation is offered through by partnering with NGOs that work with our target populations. In Rwanda, AZAHAR Foundation has experienced working with diverse target audiences; from elderly farmers who directly experienced the trauma of war and genocide to younger generations of women who currently contribute to the livelihoods of their communities through their artistic skills. Although the target audiences might be demographically diverse, they actively engage in peace-building activities that shape their community’s social construct.
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