Global Seva Challenge
Each year, Off the Mat (OTM) sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge. The Seva Challenge is a transformational journey that builds community, provokes awareness and action around global issues, and raises significant funds to support communities in crisis. Since 2007, the Seva Challenge has raised over $3.5 million dollars for projects across Ecuador, India, Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Cambodia, and now Kenya.
Our 2015 Global Seva Challenge is focused on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya and violence against women around the world.
OTM empowers Seva Challenge participants to raise funds through grassroots fundraising and community building. The grassroots fundraising process of the Seva Challenge builds leadership skills and cultivates dedication and passion for taking direct action. Participants who raise $5,000+ in donations for our partners in Kenya in addition to the cost of the travel program are invited to join OTM co-founders Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling on a powerful journey where they spend two weeks working directly with the organizations their funds have helped to support in October 2015.
"Thank you for this extraordinary experience! The Global Seva Challenge allowed me to step into my own power and rise as a leader to create positive change in my community and the world. Needless to say that positive change also happened deep within my own being inginiting a fire that continues to fuel my passion in a life of leadership and service. Thank you for helping me see the beauty in spirit all around us." -Kristen Boccumini, State College, PA