Uganda 2019


In October 2019, we will collaborate with Willow International and Hart Yoga to bring trauma informed yoga leadership training to a group of 10 women survivors of human trafficking in Kampala, Uganda.

To donate specifically to this project, either select “Uganda 2019” in the donation prompts on this website, or visit the JustGiving page here.

Willow International’s ( mission is to eradicate human trafficking starting at the root of the problem. By working collaboratively with the Ugandan Government, as well as local Ugandan and international organizations, Willow aids in the rescue of victims and restoration of survivors. In addition, through international partnerships Willow provides legal aid to those in Willow’s care, disseminates information throughout Uganda, educates and empowers communities to prevent trafficking, and advocates for the strengthening of the criminal justice system. In partnership with state prosecutors, Willow is helping survivors bring their traffickers to justice. to the success of our program, Willow remains the government’s top aftercare referral agency for victims of sex and labor trafficking.

Willow by the numbers:

·       573 women and children served to date

·       95% success rate in preventing re-victimization

·       220 women and children served in 2018

·       53 survivors graduated from willow’s aftercare program in 2018

·       150 judges trained on anti-trafficking laws in 2018

·       $1.3 million estimated budget for 2019 

Healing and Resilience through Yoga (Hart Yoga) is a twelve week psycho-social intervention for survivors of human trafficking developed in collaboration with Willow International in 2016. Informed by recent advances in trauma theory and neuro-science, Hart Yoga aims to create a nurturing environment where women and girls that have survived human trafficking can reconnect with their inner resilience, build a supportive community, and overcome the psychological effects of trauma. The program is survivor centered, emphasizing self-directed, intentional movement in an environment explicitly designed to promote safety, trust, and interpersonal connection.  The curriculum evolves over twelve weeks, and is organized around three primary themes: Grounding, Gratitude, and Inner-strengths.

Hart Yoga by the numbers:

·       Since its inception, four groups of women and girls have completed Hart Yoga

·       Data from a pilot in 2017 showed improvement across ten self-reported indicators for depression, as well as self-rated perceptions of self-esteem and body image

·       Hart Yoga is currently undergoing steps to register as a charity in the United States

Photos: Halle Project and Quinn Neely