Maria Chatman


AYP Ambassador

Having spent the past 4 years developing PopFit Kids, with a mission to empower children to a healthier way of life, I have experienced first hand the power of community and the impact we can have when we come together around a cause that we believe in.  

When I learned about Africa Yoga Project, I was immediately inspired by their vision to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities through the transformational practice of Baptiste yoga.  

This organization is a combination of some of the things I feel most passionate about: helping children, Baptiste Yoga and being a catalyst for change.  As an AYP ambassador, I will be traveling to Kenya for 14 days to work directly with the communities that AYP empowers in schools, informal settlements and prisons. I am so excited and very grateful to have the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and be of service to others while building connections and raising awareness for the work being done at AYP.  

I have a fundraising goal of $10,000 which is a significant contribution to the ongoing programs in Kenya. 95% of the funds raised go directly to supporting the Kenyan programming.  These funds are tax-deductible. I pay for my travel to Africa separately. Please support me in serving this amazing community.  Thank you in advance for your donation. 

With Love- Maria


About AYP

AYP was created in 2007 to train youth and build the wellness industry so that previously un- or under-employed youth from marginalized communities earn a self-sustaining income as community leaders who have the ability to build healthy, wellness-promoting communities. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, AYP serves diverse, marginalized and/or vulnerable communities. Through partnerships with previously marginalized youth who are now yoga teachers, AYP currently provides more than 300 free classes per week to more than 6000 community members. Since starting in 2007, AYP has trained more than 200 yoga teachers in Kenya to serve across Kenya and beyond.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone