Tagged: “Changemakers”

Hope Grove by Green Living Malta

According to the Eurostat published in March 2021, Malta’s forest land cover stands at a little over 1%, with increasing urbanisation and number of vehicles on our roads contributing to a reduction in air quality.

There is a growing need for intentional green spaces in Malta where people can get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and have safe, accessible and meaningful interactions with nature. Green Living Malta aims to promote sustainable values through safe, accessible and meaningful interactions with nature, whilst mitigating the adverse effects of our modern built surroundings.

Hope Grove is an afforestation project that offers an escape from the overwhelming presence of concrete; an opportunity to disconnect from the demands of the modern technological life-style and the perfect location for relaxation, and reconnecting with friends and family whilst being immersed in natural surroundings.

THE IMPACT

Within the first six months of the establishment of Hope Grove, this project will contribute to:

  • A new, natural green area for the benefit of everyone in Malta
  • Cleaner air/combatting air pollution and the Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Providing ecosystem services
  • Reduction in stress, anxiety and other chronic health conditions
  • Better interpersonal relationships
  • Environmental education opportunities
  • A better future for our children

THE BUDGET

The total budget for Hope Grove is €62,050

CROWDFUNDING will help us to cover the costs of:

  • Preparing the land for trees
  • Acquiring equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Development of natural Pathways and provision of amenities

Help us reach our goal and be part of the change!

For more information on their initiative check out their Pitch Deck here.

For more information on how to support Green Living Malta visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/hope-grove

Physio Room by Embrace Diversity Organisation

Embrace Diversity Organisation provides holistic and therapeutic sessions to kids and youths with disabilities, where they practice life skill in group sessions. The organisation is run voluntarily by 4 parents who all have kids with disabilities. They also have a team of experienced tutors, therapists and carers, with their aim being to provide a second home to their members where they enhance their skills to their full potential.

Unfortunately, most of the community has sever physical disabilities, with there being a lack of financial support and a need for there to be new and upgraded physiotherapy equipment.

Embrace Diversity Organisation wishes to create a state-of-the-art physio room giving kids and youths with physical disabilities the best opportunity to enhance their well-being, offering an array of services which would be innovative for Malta, this being the first centre of its kind locally. They wish to introduce the latest trends and techniques in the form of spider cage, thera suit, thera togs along with other physical therapy treatments.

THE IMPACT

Children with cerebral palsy; genetic, sensory processing or muscle tone disorders; Down syndrome; spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries; can benefit from:

  • Learning new and correct patterns of movement
  • Meeting functional goals at an accelerated rate as compared to traditional therapy
  • Improving independence with daily activities like self-care, feeding and dressing
  • Improving body awareness and motor skills
  • Improving balance and coordination

Embrace Diversity Organisation is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support Embrace Diversity Organisation, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/physio-room

The overall budget of this initiative is around €50,000. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and be a changemaker too! For more information on their initiative, check out their Pitch Deck here.

Watch Embrace Diversity Organisation’s pitch during the final live event on 30 October. Click here to find out more!

ANTIK by YMCA Malta

YMCA Malta is a non-profit voluntary organisation seeking to promote the vision to build a more just society. Its mission includes working among and empowering young people and providing services to the most needy members of the community. YMCA’s objectives and goals are to perform mainly as a Social Work services agency, a Youth Work agency and a Housing Association.

The EU estimates 5.8 million tons of textiles are discarded annually with only a quarter recycled. This translates into 60 garbage truckloads of clothes on landfill sites every minute and 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually.

Everyday, YMCA rejects an estimated 5 large garbage bags of clothes, this mainly due to unavailable logistics at their disposal. This and many other items rejected are an extension of resources that could be used in expanding the service that they provide. Further, the environmental impact of textile is on the rise and worsening due to the introduction of fast fashion. In recent times, clothes are worn an average of 8 times leading to many inactive clothes.

Textile pollution gets little mention, unlike plastics and other pollutants, with textile recycling having become even more challenging with the introduction of fast fashion. As an island, Malta’s environmental impact is of particular concern and this is why YMCA Malta wants to create an online shop, ANTIK, in order to recirculate inactive clothes, furniture and other items. This enterprise would allow people to market their inactive clothes and other items to the populations living in Malta and would also be of benefit to the marginalised, economically challenged or impoverished people. ANTIK seeks to generate additional income for its mother organisation YMCA Malta to enhance the services provided to the homeless population and youth in Malta.

THE IMPACT

  • Reducing the environmental impact of textiles on the environment
  • Providing clothing at the most affordable or free for a struggling population
  • Generate additional revenue for YMCA Malta
  • Create intermediary jobs for the homeless and putting them on a path of independence
  • Springboard to more opportunities in the general market

The overall budget of this initiative is around €62,000. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and be a changemaker too! For more information on their initiative, check out their Pitch Deck.

YMCA Malta is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support YMCA, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/antik

This is Co-op by Koperattiva This is Co-op

The European Disability Forum (EDF) shows that only 50.8% of people with disabilities in the European Union are in employment. This is in stark contrast with the 74.8% of people without disabilities who are in employment. Furthermore, the unemployment rate of people with disabilities aged between 20 and 64 is 7% higher than that of people in the same age group without disabilities (Social Economy Europe, 2020). This is often due to misconceptions and judgements of people’s abilities. The employment offered to these young people is often in sheltered workshops with little opportunity to work within the mainstream market.

The founding members of This is Co-op are all educators with years of experience of working with students with disabilities. This experience has shown them the strengths, loyalties, and capabilities of these young people. This is Co-op would like to offer employment which, although still somewhat sheltered, is inclusive, dignified and within a community setting. Eventually, these young people can take the plunge into the mainstream economy, if they are inclined and ready to do so. Moreover, they are ready to partner with secondary schools to provide work experience especially for students doing the ACHIEVE programme, and to provide a wider educational campaign re inclusion and ethical sourcing and the cooperative model.

This is Co-op are proposing giving agency through empowerment, thus helping persons with disability to become stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. This initiative aims to act not only for people with disabilities but also, and most importantly, with them. The idea is that when these young people are ready, the Co-op would have been their springboard to more opportunities in the general market.

THE IMPACT

  • Giving agency through empowerment
  • Young people with disability can become more confident
  • More young people will have control over their life
  • Claiming their rights
  • Springboard to more opportunities in the general market

The overall budget of this initiative is around Eur100,000. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and be a changemaker too! For more information on their initiative, check out their Pitch Deck here.

This is Co-op is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support Koperattiva This is Co-op. visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/this-is-co-op.

There Are No Bad Dogs by RAR – Real Animal Rights Foundation

RAR – Real Animal Rights Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of all animals in Malta which in turn improves the life of pet parents and animal lovers in general.

Dog sanctuaries in Malta are always full, with five Voluntary Dog Shelters and one state-run shelter constantly housing an average of 300 dogs at any one time. This means that there is never any space for dogs found roaming the streets or those that are confiscated from bad owners. This leads to more cruelty and suffering. A contributing factor is that a good number of difficult-to-home dogs occupy pens for a long time, if not for their whole lives. Most of these dogs are not aggressive but have trainable social behaviour issues. By addressing this problem, RAR would be making the lives of these ‘difficult’ dogs better, turning families into happy adopters, and freeing up much needed space in sanctuaries.

The main objective of this initiative is to make every dog as adoptable as possible by ironing out any social and behavioural issues the dog may have.

Secondary objectives include:

  1. Creating more space in existing sanctuaries will make it easier for the authorities to confiscate dogs whenever necessary, and to rescue dogs from the street,
  2. By freeing spaces in sanctuaries through increased adoptions, more pens will be available for dogs whose owners become permanently or temporarily incapacitated due to illness, injured dogs, abandoned dogs and abused dogs,
  3. Educating children and the general public that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners,
  4. Pushing more adoptions (versus purchases) /#adoptdontshop,
  5. Removing the stigma of certain breeds,
  6. Increasing the adoptions of big strong dogs who are usually the last to be considered,
  7. Making Malta a more animal conscious country,

The Real Animal Rights Foundation believe that with the right attention from professional behaviourists these ‘unsociable’ dogs can be trained to become more sociable and more adoptable. Long term training (approx. 10 to 15 sessions per dog) has proven to be very successful and if necessary, would go in the adoptive house after a dog has been adopted by a family.

THE IMPACT

  • By increasing adoptions of long-timers in sanctuaries RAR would be helping families find their ideal pet without resorting to buying one.
  • By freeing the pens, RAR will be making more space for more rescues and alleviating the pressure from the sanctuaries.
  • By training ‘difficult to home’ dogs, RAR also make owning a dog safer and the public in general is also in a safer place.
  • This type of training is highly successful and provides dogs with a second chance to be a member of a family – making both canines and humans happy.
  • By filming short clips and airing them, the initiative RAR plans to expose its success with the general public which will encourage people to resort to training when necessary and to donate to RAR to keep the initiative ongoing, thus making it sustainable

The overall budget of this initiative is Eur100,000 for 160 dogs to benefit. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and be a changemaker too!

RAR – Real Animal Rights Foundation is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support RAR, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/there-are-no-bad-dogs

REHABILITATION: Creating a new lease of life by Inspire Foundation

Set up in 2009 with the belief that everyone has a right to equality and inclusion, Inspire’s mission is to try to help everyone with a disability achieve equality and inclusion. To fund their mission, Inspire has various social enterprises, one of these being a commercial gym that was previously promoted alongside their therapeutic pool in Marsascala; this being where they identified an opportunity to help more people experiencing some form of limitation or disability, and thus extend their reach.

Inspire’s therapists identified a GAP where they could help. They noticed that people who have a newly acquired disability, such as accident victims, stroke victims, people suffering from fibromyalgia, elderly people, may get support from Mater Dei hospital and Karen Grech Hospital, but once they are discharged into the community, they have nowhere to continue their rehabilitation; and this is where Inspire’s initiative kicks in. With the help of their qualified specialists, they have designed a unique and state-of-the-art facility that will include a Disability Gym, a Rehabilitation Gym, and a hub of clinics where they can guarantee a holistic service to the persons using their services.
Inspire’s Rehabilitation initiative will give a NEW LEASE OF LIFE to hundreds of people who are suffering from physical limitations and restricted mobility and who have nowhere else to go to support them in their recovery.

THE IMPACT

  • Significantly impact the quality of life of a substantial number of people facing a physical challenge and help them gain strength as quickly as possible with the help of their state-of-the-art facility and guidance of their therapists
  • Through their facility, give an opportunity to hundreds of people suffering from impaired mobility to make use of their facilities to rehabilitate and gain strength, significantly improving their quality of life.

The overall budget of this initiative is around Eur400,000. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and be a changemaker too!

For more information on their initiative, check out their Pitch Deck here.

Inspire Foundation is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support Inspire Foundation, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/rehabilitation-creating-a-new-lease-of-life.

Aftercare and Therapeutic Apartments by Fondazzjoni Sebħ

Fondazzjoni Sebħ is an NGO which supports up to 41 children in residential homes who for various reasons needed to be separated from their families. Additionally, the foundation has a shelter for 12 families of women and children escaping violence. The foundation is privileged to work with these resilient women and children and want to support them in having a secure and stable future.

Adolescents leaving residential care and women and children escaping violence, leaving shelters, often lack solutions which allow them space to heal and stabilize. Fondazzjoni Sebħ hopes to renovate three existing apartments to provide a semi-independent temporary accommodation for these children and families. This will create an opportunity where these residents can continue to receive individualised, professional support before transitioning fully to independent living. This will lower risks of vulnerability in the community, allow them time to pursue goals of employment or education and support the belief that every child deserves the right start to adult life free from burden.

By renovating three existing apartments this will provide a semi-independent alternative temporary
accommodation for those adolescents and families leaving Fondazzjoni Sebħ’s homes. This will create an opportunity where these residents can continue to receive individualised, professional support before transitioning fully to independent living.

THE IMPACT

  • The time in these apartments will increase the readiness of these women and children when moving to the community and in turn will lower risks of vulnerability,
  • It will allow them time to pursue goals of employment or education,
  • Support the belief that every child deserves the right start to adult life free from burden,
  • To share the realities of these children and women with the general public,
  • To support the shift to community integration,
  • Breaking the generational cycle,
  • To have a solution which will support many children, adolescents and women for years to come.

The initiative is divided into three phases with a budget of around Eur380,000. Any little bit will help them reach their targets. Donate and be a changemaker too!

For more information on the initiative, check out the Pitch Deck here.

This initiative is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support Fondazzjoni Sebħ, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/aftercare-and-therapeutic-apartments

Fondazzjoni Sebħ is a Changemakers finalist! Watch Fondazzjoni Sebħ’s pitch during the final live event on 30 October. Click here to find out more!

Sikka by Żibel

Żibel is on a long-term mission to restore local habitats to their pristine state. Through the NGO’s actions, their work seeks to inspire others to act on issues they are aware of. By combining the public and private sector through initiatives, the NGO implements short- and long-term projects to mitigate problem areas in our waste system. Project Sikka is the result of their work around seabed clean-ups and reef surveys for ghost nets.

Their dive clean-ups and reef surveys have opened their eyes to the dwindling habitats for marine life in Malta. Sikka’s aim is to introduce 3D printed artificial reefs to Maltese waters in-order to regenerate and support the local marine ecosystem, using clay as a material. These reefs will be designed with local marine life as the focus, providing forms and structures that encourage growth and help them seek refuge in the reefs. The project will seek to remedy issues caused by the removal of litter from the seabed and overfishing by creating personalised reefs for the marine life found in Malta. Sikka will bring together local experts in each field to develop a replicable model that can be rolled out at scale and expanded upon in a sustainable modular fashion.

THE IMPACT

  • The reefs will act as a safe haven for fish and other marine animals. Through discussions with the Ministry for Fisheries, Żibel aims to make these reefs ‘ no fishing zones’ in order to give them the best possible chance at recovery.
  • Through the reporting system in the Beluga Dive app, they aim to have a high interaction rate with divers. The app allows Żibel to also ask divers on what they saw on specific dives, which further provides them with important observations that would be impossible to gather at such a scale.
  • Żibel aims to see a marked difference in the fish stocks at each area, with the lead on effects of a better state of the surrounding underwater vegetation.
  • A reduction in spearfishing at such areas or at the very least, less catches as they educate the hobbyists on their mistakes

The overall budget of this initiative is Eur46,900. Any little bit helps them get closer to their target. Donate and help Project Sikka leave behind a legacy that will yield benefits for countless generations to come!

This initiative is a Changemakers semi-finalist. For more information on how to support Żibel, visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/sikka.

Watch SIKKA by Żibel’s pitch during the final live event on 30 October. Click here to find out more!

Parkinson’s Centre by Step Up for Parkinson’s

For people with Parkinson’s simple tasks such as getting out of bed, putting on clothes, eating, talking, and others, become difficult challenges.

Offering specialised care under different schemes to accompany the free dance therapy classes already being offered by Step Up For Parkinson’s, the Parkinson’s Centre shall also offer value added benefits of specialised healthcare practitioners, and will house the overall functions related to therapy, professional advice and a place to call home, also offering respite for family members.

Focus groups and online patient forums showed that people with Parkinson’s were often dissatisfied with the care provided due to unacceptable variations in the quality of care with suboptimal health outcomes and high costs as a result. The way forward is undoubtedly the availability of specialised care to provide attention to Parkinson’s sufferers and their caregivers, giving them hope that they too can lead a better quality of life.

The whole initiative budget is €275,000 any little bit helps to reach their goal! Be part of the change!

For more information on their initiative check out their Pitch Deck here.

For more information on how to support Step Up for Parkinson’s visit www.changemakers.today/changemakers/parkinsons-centre

Step Up for Parkinson’s is a Changemakers finalist!  Watch Step Up for Parkinson’s pitch during the final live event on 30 October. Click here to find out more!