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Giving Back

At Amaterasu, we believe in giving back. We have a choice to either make someone’s day or not. We think it is a pretty easy decision to make. 

One of the foundations that we have come across was the Bodhicitta FoundationUnfortunately, India still has a caste system although many people say it has been abolished. The Dalit are the ‘untouchables’. The men generally worked the dirtiest and lowest paying jobs and the mental and physical torment does affect them day in and out. The women and the kids tend to take the lashing after. Due to poverty, young girls are sold off as ‘brides’ and then the abuse continues in their husbands’ home. It is a horrible cycle.

The Bodhicitta Foundation offers education, counselling and meditation classes to the community in the slum village of Nagpur, India. The moms of these girls will receive sewing machines to help them bring in more income for the family. I feel strongly about supporting women by offering them a skillset, and also freeing them from a lifetime of physical and mental abuse. 

We started donating to this cause over the holidays in 2019 and have continued to help out during Covid. $25 a day helps feed a family for 10 days. We thought it was a no brainer.


In addition, we send support to several women’s shelters here in Vancouver as well as senior centres and will continue to expand our reach.

 

Additional local and international organizations Amaterasu supports:

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre 

Providing basic needs & positive change for women & children in Vancouver's downtown eastside since 1978

Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter

Established in 1973, Vancouver Rape Relief Society is Canada's first rape crisis centre. Operates a free 24-hour confidential crisis line and emergency shelter for women and their children escaping male violence. 

May's Place Hospice

Hospices that provide compassionate end-of-life care

Chrysalis Society 

Since 1988 - Safety, Residential Care & Empowerment for Women overcoming the impacts of Addiction, Violence, Homelessness & Poverty.

Richmond House Emergency Shelter

Provides 30 BC Housing funded beds to men and women who are homeless and need emergency accommodation.

Dr. Devra Davis Environmental Health Trust

EHT is part of a group of scientists, consumer health nonprofits, and citizens who have filed historic legal action against the FCC for its refusal to update its 24-year-old cell phone and wireless radiofrequency (RF) radiation guidelines. Donations through this portal are designated to fund the costs of pursuing lawsuit and holding the FCC accountable to the people it was created to protect. 

charity : water

785 million people lack basic access to clean and safe drinking water. charity : water has been on a mission to end the water crisis since 2006, and with the help of generous supporters, they're getting closer every day.

SOS Children's Village

SOS provide homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults

Learning Buddies

Dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one on one, after school mentoring in a fun group setting. They reach children who otherwise would not have the help they need.

Surrey Women Centre

A crisis centre for women and girls escaping domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence. Help protect and empower women and girls.

Shelter Movers Vancouver

Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.

 

With gratitude,
Sara Au Yeong - Amaterasu Brand Creator