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Myakka Shop & Share Month - thank you!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The Myakka Shop & Share Month is now over, and what a month it was! In case you missed it, throughout the month of November we pledged to donate £5 for every order over £50. The total amount raised at the end of the month would be shared equally between two causes close to our heart; the Indiability Foundation and Frank Water.

We’re so pleased to announce that we raised a total of over £6,600! Both charities will receive over £3,300 of funding towards great projects which will improve the quality of life of people across India and Nepal.

What does this money mean to Indiability?

The fabulous team at Indiability are dedicated to improving the lives, opportunities and human rights of Indian people with physical disabilities. Our donation will help them continue to do so through projects such as SKSN and the IMAGE initiative. We'll soon be updating you on exactly how this money is changing the lives of physically disabled people in this space!

To find out more about the work that Indiability do, click here, or pop over to the Indiability Foundation website.

Georgie with SKSN students

What does this money mean to Frank Water?

Frank Water are a safe water and sanitation charity. Their aim is to bring clean water to the millions of people worldwide who still don’t have access to it. We’re very excited that our money is going towards the funding for one of their newest projects in India. Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post where we’ll tell you all about it!

Want to find out more about Frank Water? Just head to our recent blog post or the Frank Water website.

Frank Water

The Big Give Success

Both Indiability and Frank Water took part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, which launched on the 27th November, also known as Giving Tuesday, and ran until 12pm on 4th December. The Big Give’s match funding initiative gives participating charities the chance double the value of donations from individuals during the Christmas Challenge week. We’re thrilled to say that both charities reached their funding targets, meaning their total donations will be doubled!

Thank you for supporting Myakka Shop & Share Month

We really can’t say a big enough THANK YOU to you for helping us to help them. These two causes are very close to our heart and to be able to donate such a wonderful amount of money means the world to us, and to the Indiability Foundation and Frank Water.

Finally, keep popping back to our blog as we’ll be updating you with exactly where our money has gone. We can't wait to show you the difference that your generosity has made to the lives of so many people.

Frank Water – Safe Water Saves Lives

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Shop & Share with us this November! For every order over £50 that’s placed during November, we’ll donate £5 to one of our two chosen charities. One of these charities is Bristol-based Frank Water, a small organisation that’s working to address a big problem.

What is Frank Water?

Frank Water is a safe water and sanitation charity that’s aiming to bring safe drinking water to the 663 million people worldwide who, shockingly, still don’t have access to it. Founded by social entrepreneur Katie Alcott back in 2005, the charity has so far provided clean drinking water and sanitation to nearly 386,500 people in 442 communities across India and Nepal.

Child washing

Katie set up the charity after she contracted dysentery from drinking dirty water. She felt that access to safe drinking water should be a basic human right. Despite the Millennium Development Goals efforts to halve the number of people without access to safe water and sanitation over 15 years, one in ten people are still without access. Frank Water believes no one should be left behind. The team focuses on communities cut off from society by geography, poverty or caste.

Frank Water's Programmes

The charity works on a number of programmes depending on a number of factors, all with one aim; to provide access to clean drinking water and sanitation in villages throughout India and Nepal. For some communities, the team implement gravity fed systems to allow water to run down from a source at the top of the hill into the village for storage and use. For another, their need may be for a rainwater harvesting unit to capture and filter rainfall for household use.

Local children learning about sanitation

Another element of Frank Water’s work is educating members of the local community. It's important to arm them with the knowledge and skills they need to understand their rights. This education allows them to take ownership of their community, health and development. This can be through equipping local people with the skills and knowledge to apply for government funding. Or, using local tradespeople to install things like taps and toilets in the community, using the funds raised by Frank Water. A lot of work also goes in to establishing the role of women, the elderly and disabled in communities - groups often marginalised due to their age, gender or health.

Frank Water tap

This is a charity we’ve recently connected with to work together as their values resonate with us. Through our support of Indiability Foundation, we see great synergies with the IMAGE programme. These are links we are helping to forge between the two groups. Furthermore, as an added bonus, Frank Water is based in the beautiful South West just like us at Myakka!

Shop & Share Month

Don’t forget that for every order over £50 placed this November, we’ll donate £5 that'll be shared equally between Frank Water and our other chosen charity, Indiability Foundation. You can find out more about Indiability by clicking here.

And finally, explore Shop & Share month on our website.

Indiability – Changing the Face of Physical Disability

As part of our Shop & Share month, throughout November we’ll be donating £5 to charity for every order over £50. We have chosen two charities which are very close to our hearts, the first of which is the Indiability Foundation.

The Indiability Foundation is a charity which we've long supported that's working to change attitudes towards disability in India, where, sadly, it still often means exclusion and destitution. The foundation aims to help children and young people with physical disabilities become fully integrated within their local communities. This in turn enables them to live full, independent lives. Georgie, one of our founding directors sits on the boards of IF and we have supported their work since 2008.

SKSN pupils

SKSN Institute

Firstly, a key target for Indiability is to promote equal rights to education for all physically disabled children. This is done in collaboration with SKSN Institute, a co-education residential school for around 250 children. At Myakka, we’re proud to have been associated with SKSN for 10 years now and have helped support throughout this time, through financial donations, fundraising, provision of equipment and aiding the development of the school’s vocational training centre. The school aims to provide education to a high standard for all children, from primary and secondary school all the way up to higher education and teacher training. We visit the school regularly and you can read about one of our recent visits here.

SKSN sign

IMAGE (Indian Mixed Ability Group Events)

Indiability’s major sports initiative, IMAGE is another part of the Foundation that we work closely with. The Foundation promotes regular participation in sports for people with disabilities. This helps improve their mental well-being as well as their physical health.

The aim of IMAGE is to use sport to break down the social barriers between non-disabled and physically disabled children. The programme also uses sport to educate and influence communities on the key areas of gender equality, health & hygiene and disability knowledge. Mature students from SKSN, many themselves with disabilities, deliver the IMAGE programme in communities. This therefore results in a natural increase in disability awareness with demonstrated changes in attitude across the villages and communities which take part. For the students delivering the programme, they learn key transferable employment skills to better equip themselves for a successful future. Our founders Georgie and Simon were lucky enough to attend an IMAGE event. You can read about their experience here.

IMAGE games

Indiability's Big Give Christmas Challenge Pledge

This year, the Indiability Foundation has been chosen as a Champion in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Founded by entrepreneur Sir Alex Reed in 2008, The Big Give is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. The Christmas Challenge gives charities the opportunity to have their donations from supporters doubled through this match funding. For groups such as Indiability, this match funding can make a significant difference. Did you know, it costs just £100 to provide a physically disabled child with education for the year? So of course, to have been chosen as a Champion in this year’s Christmas Challenge is a wonderful opportunity and we’re hoping to help this cause reach its target.

Click here to find out more about the Indiability Foundation’s Big Give pledge.

The Big Give

Myakka's Shop & Share Month

Finally, you can explore Shop & Share month on our website. By shopping with us in November as part of our Shop & Share month, you’ll be helping Indiability to arm physically disabled children with the right tools to live life to its full potential. All money raised will be shared equally between Indiability and our other chosen charity, Frank Water. You can read more about Frank Water here.

Shop & Share Month at Myakka

November is Shop & Share Month at Myakka! Fair trade shopping always gives back, but this November, let's go one better. Whenever you spend £50 or more at Myakka, we'll donate £5 to charity.

Giving Back with Shop & Share Month

Here at Myakka, we are always looking at ways that we can give back and help causes that we believe in. To us, Shop & Share Month is the perfect opportunity to support two of our favourite charities. As we move into the season of goodwill we think we have found the perfect way to give a little bit more. For the whole month of November, we are giving £5 to charity whenever you spend £50. The two great causes we’re supporting are Frank Water & Indiability.

Frank Water

Frank Water, the organisation aiming to bring safe drinking water to the 663 million people worldwide who still don't have it. They work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene across India and Nepal. Just £10 could keep 10 children safe from dental and skeletal fluorosis with early detection tests. £30 could fund the installation of a tap in a family home, giving them direct access to safe, clean water for life.

To find out more about Frank Water and the work they do, click here.

Frank Water

Indiability Foundation

Indiability is the charity we've long supported. They're working to change attitudes towards disability in India where it still often means exclusion and destitution. This is done through a number of methods, such as providing education for disabled children, training for people with disabilities and education through outreach and sports programmes. By educating and working with local communities, they work to improve the lives of people with disabilities across Rajasthan.

If you’d like to read more about Indiability and they work they do, click here.

Indiability's IMAGE programme

So, shop today…and share!

As always, thank you for your custom and support,
Georgie, Simon & the Myakka team

*100% of money raised to be donated and shared equally between the two charities. Order value excludes delivery charges. Minimum £50 order value excluding delivery

Heera – Our New Light Mango Wood Furniture Collection

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

If you’re looking for light mango wood furniture, let us introduce you to our newest collection, Heera. We love receiving feedback from our customers and we’re proud to say that this new collection is a result of requests for more light wood furniture for your homes.

Heera Bed

From the Hindi for ‘diamond’, this lighter wood furniture collection is crafted from bleached mango wood with textured design details. The glinting gold-tone accents add a touch of understated glamour and the matt lacquer finish protects the wood. It’s a whole new look in ethical home style and we’re very excited to show it to you.

Sustainable Light Mango Wood Furniture

Mango wood is a solid hardwood which is also very sustainable; the wood from mango trees is only harvested for timber once the trees have reached their full height and have either stopped or are producing much less fruit. Because of this, we love mango wood furniture. That's why we use it for a lot of our furniture.

Heera Small Cabinet

Hello Heera

There are 9 pieces in this brand new light mango wood furniture collection. From the bedroom to the living room, dining room to the hallway, it’s easy to introduce this on-trend range to every room in your home.

We know how important it is to have stylish furniture that also offers clever storage solutions. That’s why we know you’ll love the Heera Storage Coffee Table. We designed the drawers to be double-ended, allowing easy access from either side. This also means that the table looks good from every angle - an important feature, we think you'll agree!

Heera Storage Coffee Table

One of our favourite pieces is the Heera Storage Wardrobe. A completely new design for us, this freestanding wardrobe combines fair trade goodness with contemporary storage solutions. Inside you’ll find a generous hanging space as well as a shelf, deep cubbies and drawers in a single unit.

A versatile piece that would be at home in your living room, dining room, kitchen or hallway, the Heera Petite Sideboard is full of the verve and expert craftsmanship that you know us for. Perfect for stowing away your cutlery and crockery, and even after dinner games. Simply pull out the removable mid-height shelf in the larger cupboard to store taller items such as vases and decanters.

Heera Petite Sideboard

On-Trend Metallic Accents

As we all know, metallic accents are very on-trend at the moment. This is a trend that doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon, either. The gold-tone accents in Heera are perfect for that subtle nod to the trend. Paired with the light mango wood, each piece oozes mid-century glam charm.

If you're after some more ideas for incorporating the metallic trend into your home, you can read our blog post about our favourite metallic pieces here.

So, what are you waiting for? View our brand new light mango wood furniture collection, Heera, on our website. It’s arriving soon and ready to pre-order now!

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