KYLIE WATSON - PHILANTHROPIST
Academy of Hope is a non-profit charitable fund to support quality education of under-privileged children in India.
In 2016, yogi Caleb Packham founded Academy of Hope UK, along with co-founder Kylie Watson.
During his travels, Caleb connected with Deepak, a young man living in the slums of Dharamsala, with his wife Sonia and their two children Tamanna (5yrs) and Arav (1yr). Their living conditions were appalling. Tents made from bamboo and plastic. No electricity. No toilets. One tap for the entire village.
After approaching him in the street, Deepak asked Caleb if he could buy some food for his family. Some eggs, rice and milk, for which he was very grateful,. It got Caleb thinking. There must be something he could do that would prove to be more helpful, that could provide a more sustainable solution to their hardship. Then he had the inspiration to hold a fundraiser on his return home to London - a 'by-donation' yoga class that would raise funds to pay for schooling for Deepak's daughter, Tamanna. Deepak himself never had an education, and there's nothing he wants more than for his children to have a proper education, along with other children in his community.
It costs merely 37,000 rupees per annum to school a child in India. This includes uniforms and all associated costs In GBP, this equates to £400 (or 500 USD).
After the success of his first fundraiser, Caleb and co-founder Kylie Watson, are committed to the ongoing support of not just Tamanna, but thirteen children, with the help of other yogis worldwide. These children are now located in Rajasthan where they attend the leading and most reputable school in the Haryana/Punjab area.
By providing these children with a quality education, we truly believe we will be ensuring them a brighter future. If you're reading this, I do hope you can support this project in whatever way you can.