Have a drink, see a dance performance inspired by the plight of human trafficking victims and maybe go home with a beautiful fair trade scarf or silk bag handmade in Cambodia. It’s Saturday, April 6 at Yogadesha studio in Montclair, and you are doing your part to help young girls who’ve been sold into prostitution and slavery.
“Our studio is so much more to me than a place to do yoga,” Rebecca Bergstrom, Yogadesha founder and owner, said. “It’s a community of caring people that goes far beyond exercise and hourly practice: it is a place where people come together for joy, growth and authenticity.”
On Saturday, April 6, renowned performance artist Lena Ang, writer Laurie Lico Albanese and musician Peter Vitalone will join Bergstrom to host a free evening benefiting the Cambodian Center of Children’s Rights (CCPCR), which rescues, shelters and rehabilitates trafficked girls in Cambodia.
“It feels really important to me to raise awareness and start to put money into the cause of fighting human trafficking,” Bergstrom said. When Laurie went to Cambodia and actually visited the shelter that helps rescue girls who have suffered so much at such a young age, I knew it was the right time for this event.”
Spreading the word and finding volunteers was easy: Lena Ang and Jody Suden, teacher and student devoted to Yogadesha, immediately agreed to organize, dance, gather food and drink and more.
“At the same time we have this wonderful community at Yogadesha,” said Bergstrom. “People who care about the studio and about humanitarian causes – people who are looking for a way to join the larger world efforts to end suffering and spread joy – will all be here.”
Yogadesha Open House Party
Saturday, April 6 from 6:30 to 10 pm
25 Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ, 07042 (973) 707-7726
Free / donations welcome
Benefit: CCPCR / The Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights’ mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and successfully re-integrate children and youth of any nationality in Cambodia who have been physically or sexually abused, are victims of trafficking, forced into prostitution, or who are at risk of these situations, as well as to increase public awareness of the vulnerability of children.