A Year in Review 2017
A year to remember - 2017 in review
So many triumphs and breakthroughs - made possible because of you
So sit back and enjoy some memories that were caught
Thanks to your support, it's been a very happy plot!
The year began in celebration with our bright and shiny grads
Tears of laughter and joy - YES, but not a time to feel sad
These young wellbeing leaders, emerge full of pride
Ready to step into their greatness, with a confident stride
For the new and those who remained, the benchmark was set high
And they rose to the challenge to share yoga far and wide
Across 15 different countries, 300 classes were taught
to over 6,000 people a week, to be sure, that's a LOT!
You helped us grow the Academy and train teachers who can also for a fee
Teach yoga, earn an income and rise out of poverty.
You’ll see we are making a difference, supporting families and communities alike
Transforming and healing from the inside, to shine bright as a guiding light
In January we welcomed our Ambassador, Maria Chatman to AYP
And for a week she witnessed our Academy and the outreaches with her Rafiki
Yoga for kids and the Yoga Biz, it was Maria’s turn to share
Tools to overcome challenges teachers face here and there
While our foundation in training is Baptiste Power Vinyasa flow
For any kind of yoga in Africa, people know where to go.
It's AYP of course - this year included Acro Yoga Fit
Amy, Eddie and Nosa's training was surely a hit!
March was Teacher Training, when we recruit scholars from Africa
Sponsored by International students many came from lands afar
110 participants and two weeks of asana, self- inquiry and hard toil
With time for a quick dose of safari and service on Masai soil
April brought some excitement, Catherine Njeri is in the news!
Featured in the Standard, she shared her passion and her views
When you visit our new website, you'll find Aline's interview,
One of the 15 different countries represented, Rwanda now has yoga too!
We brough AYP to the US and Canada with the Tripple H tour
8 Kenyan teachers created connection through classes and more
HHH hosts shared dinners, hikes, parties and events
Spreading the vision of AYP on the North American continent
Nashville met Nairobi with the Seva Safari Musical Roots
A group of 16 volunteered at Kongo Primary, some classrooms got a boost
But what a treat awaited them as Baron had come for two days
And they joined in the workshop and practised, the whole trip just passed like a race
Of fun and laughter and dancing, coz that’s the culture AYP knows best
How to find that balance of hard work and fun time, and know when it’s time for a rest!
We love hosting you when you come to Kenya, and showing you what you have done
To make the planet a better place, less scarey, for everyone
Paige learned that Kenyan youth faced 70% unemployment, that was 10 years ago
She created a program that creates jobs and builds leaders - that's the AYP that we know.
And the world recognizes your vision, hard work and contribution to the world
Congratulations on receiving this year's Mohamad Ali Global Citizen Award!
And we have wonderful partners, lululemon, Segal Family Foundation and Unicef too
And some incredible generous donors, who believe in the work that we do
We could not do this without them, and their support keeps giving us power
To work with those afflicted by war , disabiliities, gender based violence and more
14 Ambassadors stepped up to the challenge to each raise ten thousand dollars in a year
AYPlive was a big hit on Facebook, raffling Yogi Surprise and the new AYP gear
Connecting isn't easy as they call come from lands far away
US, Canada, Mexico, Qatar, Australia, and even Norway
In July we hosted the annual family Seva with 15 people in all
Service, Yoga and Safari, they say they all had a ball
Flying Kites invited be of service with renovations and work on the land
And there wasn’t a volunteer too small to offer a helping hand.
The Shine Centres doors are always open, free classes, paid classes and more
Saturdays Community Class is tremendous with a line up right out of the door
300 plus yogis, mat to mat, taught by AYP teachers who take turns with pride
It's the most diverse class in the city, followed by free lunch with new friends side by side.
October we started our mentorshp for the new Scholars who have just begun
Matching Scholars from all over Africa with our Mentors was lots of fun
Monthly calls with AYP Teachers, via Skye 67 Mentees connect
Working through a leadership curriculum while building a bond they’ll never forget
We leave you now with a preview of the hidden talents from some of our crew
On November 25th, they take the stage, performing a Talent Show – who knew
That your support and Yoga, would give them that all the necessary traction
To turn their lives around, the perfect example of Love in Action
Together we’ve created some magic, transformed lives, but this is not the end
There are more youth out there who need us, to stretch our our hand to lend
Them a step up, a ticket out, and a program – all it takes is the power of one
Please continue to be in our family, and Thank You for all that you’ve done
Poem written by Sarah Shaw
Narration done by Richard Kitoshi
Video by Esther Kirai