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.
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.
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.
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.
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.