Who am I
This is Nupur Tewari. I am a confident woman, a proud mother, a generous philanthropist, a charismatic teacher, a proud Indian and a serene believer and doer of yoga and peace.
What is Heal Tokyo
‘Heal Tokyo’ is our philanthropic project. It’s an unique charity project, which envisions to bring equality and peace in life of people reached through it.
What We Do in Heal Tokyo?
We enable the people from all age groups in Tokyo to take part in international yoga sessions in open parks, cafés and homes. The yoga and meditation help them to connect with inner soul, peace and serenity out of their busy and robotised life. The contributions from yoga sessions are used to finance the primary education of kids in urban slums of different cities of India.
What makes us unique?
- It’s not only about asking for money, It’s more about bringing balance in the society. Unlike rural India, the urban lower income groups suffer from a problem of lack of policy reach and institutional delivery. Kids in urban slums are much more vulnerable to be in wrong paths if not given a proper channel of education and guidance.
- It’s paying back to the country which I have been living in from the last 14 years and making my motherland India to be produce more global change maker.
- Last but not the least we want to end the illiteracy from India and give underprivileged children a better life and a sustainable access to education.
Our main aim is bringing peace in people’s life, make them love themselves and spread love and positivity through yoga. In return with their donations, they get the chance to support the education of underprivileged children in India. As we believe in investing in our kids to invest in our future.
Who knows a slum kid rise to be another change maker. Kindness multiplies when we add our efforts.
Even a monthly contribution of a quantum equal to a meal of fast food can change the life of a kid by sending him/her to a school.
Now I would like to tell you about me a little bit.
I was born in a traditionally educated family where I got my real education of life, love, compassion, loyalty, patience, sincerity, kindness, sacrifice and selflessness. But unlike many of you I didn’t go to any reputed school. I did my education until 10th grade from a village and I had to walk 3 kms daily to go to my school, every day in sunny and rainy days too. During monsoon we had mud up-to my knee. Yes, we didn’t have electricity too. We got the electricity in our village when I was in 7th grade. I was blessed to have awesome parents but my mother was so busy to take care of the joint family that she hardly had any time for herself and my father trusted and loved me so much that he was more worried that I might get sick studying so much, every day. Literally I had no one to guide me.
I moved to the small town from 11th grade where I used to come during my vacations. I felt like an alien among those girls from reputed schools. Those experiences made me realize about the challenges of those people who are neglected socially, financially and demographically. Those experiences inspired me to connect with them and understand their feelings and motives for life in an emotional and futuristic manner. I felt the pain of those people who were disadvantaged to be hailing from underprivileged, unserved and uneducated society. I personally had the experiences of being discriminated on the ground of my origination, language skills, brutal honesty, undiplomatic and my subtle nature. That made me strong and the so called hyped weaknesses became my reasons to improve and be strong. The experiences of being modest, hailing from rural background and introvert were heart breaking at that time for a girl of age 20 years. But, the same quality made me a better human and developed a motivation in me to connect with underprivileged.
Ironically, no one worked outside from my family. When I was in the last year of my university, I was offered to teach in another college in Calcutta University, but of course my goal was never to stay in a small town to be a lecturer and settle with small things. Those few months of teaching helped me to save some money to get out of that town and explore a world for myself. And then, my journey started to learn about my life and its connectivity with other people while working in MNCs’ and international organizations. I left my home with INR 500 which I earned and saved during my job as a teacher to explore my tyranny with life and build my world in which I knew no one. I had seen the days when I survived on two times snacks only in cities like Mumbai during my exploration with myself.
A Japanese MNC took me to Japan, where I found my new world and my adventure with the teaching in schools of Japan started. I have experiences of teaching international students in more than 32 schools of Japan for more than 12 years. That made me self-sustainable in one of the most organized country in the world. I feel blessed to know Japan very closely being with only Japanese people there and learn their culture from the grassroots level.
My passion for working with people even took me to host TV shows in Japan in Japanese which made me the first Indian to do so ever in Japan and an anchor at various national and international events there. I have been part of various modelling assignments in Japanese commercials and my passion still continues to inspire people through connection and communication.
My stance with Yoga and Charity
I was asked by many in several times that why I need to be so different and passionate about charity when I can lead a beautiful life without much effort in a Japan? Specially When I am a woman.
I have grown up seeing my parents voluntarily helping children by serving food, buying books and paying their school fees, even some of them used to stay at our place during the exam times as they didn’t have enough facilities and environment to study. And I was taught to do the same for others too.
Yoga had always been a part of my family since my childhood. I hailed from a family which strongly believed in Vedic principles and its features for health and peace. That inspired me to do different types of Yoga since my childhood and the journey still continues.
Since 2005, I have been spreading Indian culture through dance, yoga, food, festivals and cultural sessions. I was so engrossed in all the above activities that people in Fukuoka, Japan started referring me as an unofficial cultural ambassador of India to Japan. Until 2014, Yoga for me was my personal aid for peace and health. From 2014, I started conducting Yoga sessions across various community places in Japan voluntarily and inviting them to learn more about Indian culture over yoga sessions and Indian food delicacies. In 2015, Japan faced a disastrous earthquake in Kumamoto (Kyushu), and the intrinsic pain took me over the wall and made me realize that I wanted to do something to contribute to the phase of revival of the citizens struck by the calamity. But, the situation was not favourable for me as I was raising my small daughter who was just 6 years of age and nobody was there to take care of her in my routine absence. That incorporated more pain in me to be unable to do anything for the affected people, and I came up with the idea of teaching Yoga and sending the donations collected from Yoga contributions. Then, there was nothing stopping me. I did yoga sessions in cultural summits, universities, schools and open community places and have been contributions for the cause of child education across India and the world through my contributions from Yoga sessions.
Our plans for India and Japan
Japan is my second home. This beautiful country has given me tremendous amount of love and support. My journey from Matsuyama (Shikoku) to Tokyo ( Honshu) being with only Japanese nationals never made me feel homesick or I need my own community to survive in Japan.We exchanged our We have already started our contributions to develop an urban slum school by supporting community teachers and building basic infrastructure in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh India. Few other generous individuals have also supported our cause. We are raising the contributions from my Yoga sessions across Japan and other fundraising campaigns. My friend Amit Arora, who is famous social entrepreneur in India and a community investment specialist with corporate fundraiser is working with me to make it a sustainable model by connecting our school kids to mainstream education under RTE Act of India. Taking this forward, we are going to start a similar skill school in Kolkata by raising donations from my Yoga sessions in Japan and involving other generous people.
How to reach us
People can write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org in Japan and India or email@example.com for India for discussing about prospects to support child education or to take part in serene yoga sessions. You can also WhatsApp us on +818058009414 or +917983809107 for talking to us directly or doing contributions.