This February the San Francisco AE Cares team organized a fundraiser for Empowering Hearts Campaign (EHC), an organization benefitting 50 child survivors (ages 3-21) of sex trafficking and sexual violence currently cared for at Together1Heart’s Tom Dy Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

To kick off the weeklong fundraiser, Access Emanate Account Coordinator and 200-hour certified yoga instructor Sam Scheetz taught a donation-based vinyasa yoga class for the office on Monday afternoon. From yoga newbies to seasoned practitioners, more than a dozen staff members attended the class to get their downward-dog on and donate to the great cause.

Closing out the week, the AE Cares team organized a special Office Hours celebration featuring Southeast Asian treats and an overflowing tip jar for EHC. By the end of the week, nearly $200 was raised for the organization.

This money will be used to help the girls and young women at Tom Dy Center in Cambodia receive educations, including training in therapeutic yoga, English classes and computer skills instruction. EHC believes investing in these three key areas will help the girls share their stories more broadly, help others in their community and pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

“Our Empower Hearts donation-based class celebrated the core principles of yoga: unity, gratitude and compassion,” explained Scheetz. “The Empower Hearts Campaign is near and dear to me as it provides education and holistic healing to recovering survivors of sex-trafficking, re-instilling their self-worth and giving them an opportunity at life. I can’t think of a more worthy cause.”

If you’d like to donate or learn more about EHC, visit www.empowerhearts.org.