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Myakka Visits SKSN

Monday, 2 October 2017

Simon & Georgie have just returned from an annual trip to India and, as usual, sourcing fabulous new & exclusive products was not the only item on the itinerary…

“We had a great visit to the SKSN Institute (in Jodhpur, Rajasthan). After breaking the ice playing the international game of UNO and a couple of games of Dobble, we sat in on some quite advanced maths classes – at desks and benches that we supplied a number of years ago. It was great to see they are still going strong!”

“There are 250 children enrolled in the school this academic year, which is not as many as in previous years. While they welcome all physically challenged children including those with birth defects, amputees, etc, part of the reason for the reduction is due to the eradication of polio, which is fundamentally fantastic. As ever, funds are tight. Government funding over the last three years has reduced so the school has fewer teachers than previously, impacting upon the extra activities and support that the children receive. Indiability’s campaign to Teach a Disabled Child goes some way to make up this shortfall.”

"In terms of the Vocational Training Centre (VTC), through Myakka’s support, this continues to provide training. Beyond their normal studies, around ten children take part in the VTC programme at any one time with dedicated sessions and guidance each week on seamstress/sewing skills, under the watchful eye of Bihram, the tailor. They make clothing for themselves and to sell to the local community. We are working with a supplier to provide block print fabric so we can launch a new range of cushions handmade by the students at VTC.  Watch this space for more…”

“Our friend Sneh, who runs SKSN, and the team have also been working hard on the IMAGE programme which is a community outreach project using sport for social change. The programme is delivered to the rural communities by a group of the older children from SKSN, which in itself breaks down social barriers. Having completed pilot programmes in five villages over the last 3-4 years, the final  report is being complied and by all acco
unts is showing some really valuable results. Aside from all the wider community benefits, the opportunities this provides to the students is great – lots of life skills, team building, leadership and training which boosts their CVs and makes them very viable employees.”

“Also during the visit, we held a meeting between Sneh and our main Indian manufacturer with the aim of setting up woodworking training and apprenticeships for students after they graduate. One of our manufacturers’ master carpenters has worked his way up through the ranks from an apprenticeship and makes a great role model as he suffers from Polio himself. He has great respect within the business and is keen on providing opportunities for children. The aim would be to put together a programme for skills development and most importantly, allow the children to see that opportunities do exist.”

Georgie is fundraising for toiletries and supplies for the students at the SKSN Institute by running (and hopefully completing!) the Glencoe marathon on Sunday 1st October. All donations are appreciated!

UPDATE - Congratulations to Georgie who made a very respectable time and she smashed her fundraising target twice over!  

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