Today marks the International Human Rights day. It could not be a better time to talk about rights to wellness and clean water.
Since the beginning of time, survival has been embedded into our existence. Long Term survival can not happen without proper health. Proper health can not exist without proper diet, clean water and wellness activities.
Most of us are privileged to be able to afford gym memberships, Yoga classes and even retreats.
Many exotic countries we visit to practice our wellness rituals welcome us with open arms and share with us their beliefs, their food, their positive spirits and their land.
As humans, it is our responsibility to share our privileges and share the knowledge of wellness with all mankind. Whether it is proper dietary education, sanitation education, NIA exercises or Yoga and Qigong.
The wellness industry is a multi billion dollar, lucrative business. There are hundreds of ways to profit with retreats, classes, memberships and products. This is where the Tavoos brand steps in to make a difference.
When we were conceptualizing the Tavoos brand, it was our goal to give back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms and made us feel at home. We felt that it was our calling to share the wonderful gift of wellness knowledge with those who normally do not have the luxury of attending wellness activities and classes.
We have made it our mandate to spread wellness to those who on a daily basis do not have access to proper nutrition, or do not know the importance of exercising the mind and body.
Human rights far surpass the topics of free speech, access to education or fair trials. The subject of human rights includes access to clean water, access to sanitation education and access to wellness training.
ACCESS TO WELLNESS IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE
We are proud to be the only wellness center in Cambodia that is set up without the purpose of financial gain.
The wellness side of our business is fully non-profit. Meaning that we are able to share Yoga classes, Medical qigong classes, NIA and proper dietary and sanitation courses with Cambodian people.
We find it unfair that as foreigners we enter someone’s land and take advantage of the beautiful sights and delicious ingredients while the locals have a hard time taking care of their health.
These are the steps we are taking to give back:
1. Free classes for locals “Pay it Forward”
In North America when you go to a coffee shop, sometimes out of the goodness of your heart you pay upfront for the coffee of the person in line behind you. Another wonderful example is a Pizzeria in New York where people can pay an extra dollar to purchase a slice for the homeless or for those short on cash.
We have adopted the Pay it Forward concept and will bring it to life in Cambodia. Each time a client attends one of our wellness classes (Yoga, Qigong, NIA or any other wellness classes), we will donate one session to a local woman or child. This way locals can also benefit from these wonderful activities.
We have talked to a lot of Khmer women who see foreigners walking around with Yoga mats or in workout clothes. These women have always wondered about Yoga. This is their chance to experience it for free.
Once a week we will host free sessions at Tavoos for our Khmer friends.
2. Diet & Sanitation Education
Proper nutrition as we know is the key to a healthy life. Khmer people are blessed with wonderful ingredients that can be grown in their backyard. It is our mission to properly educate them on the health benefits of certain foods so that they can take advantage of what mother nature is providing to them every day.
3. Well digging
Access to clean water is a luxury which we take for granted. In many countries we turn on the kitchen tap and clean water flows out for as long as we want. That is not the case for many Khmer people. We work exclusively with our partners at wedigwells.com in order to provide families around Siem Reap with deep water wells so that they can benefit from clean water for years to come. Not only do we dig and install proper wells for them, we also test the water quality to make sure that there are no contaminations in the water source.
We also take the time to educate them about maintaining the well and will do follow ups with families. In case they ever run into any problems with their well, we will fix it or replace it for them.
100% of the profits from our weekly retreats goes towards this well digging program. By attending our weekly retreats, not only are you benefiting your own health, but you are contributing to families around Siem Reap having access to clean water.
The concept is very simple. We are on this planet for a short period of time. Make it a good period of time for yourself and for those who share the planet with you.