Honor Yoga North Brunswick owners, members contribute to water system in Rwanda


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NORTH BRUNSWICK – The owners of Honor Yoga of North Brunswick have changed the lives of children in an orphanage in Rwanda by fully sponsoring a water system that was installed in February.

Local entrepreneurial couple Susan and Michael Favale opened their Honor Yoga studio at the Shoppes at North Brunswick in January 2018. Dedicated to giving back, the couple decided to use their new studio to provide a need in a community, according to information provided by Franchise Elevator PR. What resulted is now a water system in Rwanda, providing access to safe water for the community.

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“Giving back is in Honor Yoga’s DNA and with our new studio, we wanted to take that mission even wider,” Michael Favale said in the statement. “My daughter studies environmental sciences and got us connected with A Partnership in Caring. Everyone needs water and hearing the discrepancy between our easy access to water and those in the water crisis impacted us. We are so proud of our community coming together to sponsor a water system to provide access to clean water, and we look forward to carrying this mission out for years to come.”

Honor Yoga of North Brunswick decided to partner with A Partnership in Caring, which was established in 2010 as a collaboration between St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish and Butare University Teaching Hospital in Rwanda, Africa. This volunteer organization has been traveling to Rwanda at its own expense since 2011, bringing funds for food, transportation, medication and diagnostic testing for inpatients who do not have insurance, according to the statement.

To build a water system, Honor Yoga needed to raise roughly $1,300. The Favales developed a donation system in-studio. Over the course of the past year, the studio provided water bottles for members and included a small donation bin near the water fridge, where members donated what they could in exchange for the water bottle. Those donations went to funding the water system, according to the statement.

“We learned that the water system is the best solution for access to water throughout the year, as other options, such as wells, will dry up in the dry season,” Susan Favale said in the statement. “It was incredible to see our community come together to support another community. It goes to show you that we are all connected, even if we are half way around the world.”

As the year was nearing, and Partnership in Caring was preparing to travel to Rwanda in February, Honor Yoga noticed they were a bit short of the goal. A final auction helped bringing in the needed funds, according to the statement.

“Honor Yoga strives to exemplify what a life full of yoga means. Yoga connects your mind, body and soul internally, but also connects you to the greater universe,” founder and chief yogini Maria Turco said in the statement. “Living honorably means using yoga for good and giving back to those communities who need it the most. We are incredibly proud of Michael and Susan and can’t wait to see the change they bring about in the future.”

For more information, visit http://www.honoryoga.com/.

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