Isha Foundation in collaboration with Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) has embarked on a project to rejuvenate earth’s once natural beauty, which has been destroyed by industrialization.
As the nature’s beauty degrades and global warming becomes a worldwide concern, EFA and Isha foundation designed the inner engineering for environmental change programme, which looks at one’s inner-self the mind, and through yoga craves to inspire and motivate people to upkeep both inner and external environment that are rapidly degenerating.
At a symposium which was sponsored by DSTV yesterday at the British Council auditorium EFA’s regional director, Tommy Garnett explained that with project across almost every district in Sierra Leone and every county in Liberia and a leading role in the Green Actors of West Africa, “the EFA has become a key contributor to the environmental movement in West Africa”.
He explained that its vision was not only for environmental change but also to create motivated people to maintain the integrity of the nature in Africa.
Mr Garnett maintained that from the intervention in refugee camps and returnee areas in Liberia to the reconstruction of the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, “EFA’s work has been about addressing the consequences of the conflicts on the environment”.
Highlighting challenges faced with regards to the degrading environment status and climate change, the regional director explained that the poverty in Sierra Leone, the lack of awareness amongst the population and the lethargic attitude in development had been some of the main challenges faced.
He added that the reality was that years of conflicts had left Sierra Leoneans deprived, uninspired, and with broken spirit and communities.
Mr Garnett said poverty alleviation programmes alone were not sufficient to bring in the pressing changes, EFA started looking into effective ways to uplift people’s spirit as well as equipping them with the necessary tools to take responsibility for their lives.
This, he explained, “was what led to the formation of the Isha-EFA initiative for Africa which was launched in partnership with the Isha Foundation in India”.
He explained that the backbone of all this social work was the Inner Engineering programme, Isha’s flagship programme A scientifically structured programme, it aims at empowering people into effortless living by creating harmony in the body, mind and emotions.
Marie Christine Jabr, Isha Foundation’s Singapore coordinator explained that Isha Foundation “is a non-religious, non-profitable service organization, which addresses all aspect of human wellbeing”.
Isha Foundation, India coordinator Nathalie explained that inner engineering present simple but effective process from the yogic science to attain to an unwavering state of inner calm, precision and clarity.
The practices taught purify the system by releasing the mental, emotional and physical blocks.