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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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:
- 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,
- 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,
- Educating children and the general public that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners,
- Pushing more adoptions (versus purchases) /#adoptdontshop,
- Removing the stigma of certain breeds,
- Increasing the adoptions of big strong dogs who are usually the last to be considered,
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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 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!
What is it all about?
I’m Karolina and together with over 70 Maltese and Malta-based makers, artists, designers, and small independent brands, we’re creating il-lokal.
We started as an online shop in 2020 and quickly realised that Malta’s creative talent deserved more than just an online platform. So last year, with a shoestring budget and stars in our eyes, we decided to open our current shop on one of Valletta’s charming back streets.
If you have made your way up and visited our shop (we really hope you have!) you know that although the space is lovely, it’s just not enough.
And that is why we need your help!
We found a new fantastic, large and bright space with a manageable rent!
In Valletta. On the Old Bakery Street. Wow wow wow.
For us, it seems like a dream but here we go with the reality check…
We cannot open a new creative hub in the heart of Valletta without your help. Our mission is to elevate and promote the work of individuals whose talent and passion are making Malta a happier and more colourful place. With your help, we can support the local creative community and provide a comfortable space to meet, exchange ideas, and share skills with others. It will not be just a gift shop anymore! Yes, that’s right! We will finally have the space to host creative workshops, book launches, talks, and many other exciting activities!
That’s cool, but tell us about the rewards!
Now, we don’t want to leave you empty-handed so in return for your help, we have some seriously exciting rewards planned, including store vouchers for any products available at our new shop!
Supporting with EUR 5.00
We will thank you with a set of 3 Polaroid-style postcards by Cardsy.
Supporting with EUR 15.00
Gives you a super handy zipper pouch by Nice Things.
These 14 x 21 cm pouches are handmade using upcycled PVC banners (to keep you organised and the planet a little bit happier).
Supporting with EUR 35.00
Awards you with “Strait Street – Resting”, an A4 size photography print by Semih Okmen
Printed on high-quality 300gsm uncoated art paper.
Supporting with EUR 50.00
Will give you “Valletta Rooftops”, an A3 print by Ed Dingli
Printed on high-quality 300gsm uncoated art paper.
Supporting with EUR 100.00
Grants you a bundle of the rewards above (worth EUR 105.00).
Supporting with EUR 140.00
It’s a bundle of all the rewards PLUS a shop voucher for EUR 50.00 (a reward worth EUR 155.00!).
Supporting with EUR 200.00
That’s a bundle of all the rewards too, but the shop voucher increases to EUR 120.00 (reward worth EUR 225.00!).
Every contribution includes a personal hand-written note saying huuuuge thank you and an invitation to the opening party.
And that’s not all! The rewards are guaranteed no matter what amount we’ll manage to crowdfund!
We’ll contact every contributor once the campaign ends to arrange for the collection or shipping of the awards.
A few more details… Why do we need to change the space?
You may think that we are upgrading our space on a whim but to be honest it is more of a necessity than a choice. We mentioned before that our current shop is too small, but that is just the tip of the iceberg…
We did everything we could to make it unique but, we encountered too many obstacles which broke our hearts. We have been struggling with the lack of display space which makes us say “no” to new products and collaborators more often than we would like these days. Il-lokal’s mission has always been to get people together, to inspire creativity by providing a supportive outlet, not to restrict and limit that very spirit.
On top of that, we have discovered that our shop is located near an old well, which really explains the raging humidity.
It’s become a running joke that our customers always leave il-lokal with something, even if it’s just bits of our limestone ceiling on their shoulders. But in reality, the intense flaky stone, accelerated by high humidity, is not a safe environment for most of the products on our shelves. The damages caused to artworks could shut us down entirely.
It quickly became obvious that our current space is a challenge that we needed to address sooner than later. Changing our space will provide a more sustainable and fair platform for creatives of all disciplines to flourish under il-lokal’s roof.
OK, enough grumbling. Let’s talk about what’s coming!
To make the new space happen we’re going to do what we do best – collaborate!
We’re joining forces with a local graphic design studio 2point3. Together we will share 120 square metres over two levels, il-lokal space at the ground floor, and their design studio above us.
How’s that for a new creative hub in the heart of Malta’s capital city!?
For il-lokal this means almost triple the space exclusively dedicated to all sorts of locally made and designed products. It means that we can introduce new sections to the shop with products that are currently still under the radar. It means a reading corner with a comfortable resting area and above all – it means a comfortable environment for the creative community to meet, exchange ideas and share skills with others!
This is what we feel the creative community in Malta deserves.
But we can’t do it without your help.
Even though the space is in a good condition it needs a lot of work and capital to become what it can be. For the starters, currently it doesn’t have an entrance from the street…
What will the funding be used for exactly?
We have our goal set at €5,500.00 which seems TERRIFYING but there is a lot of work to be done and we believe that with your help it is possible.
Our required budget to make the new space top-notch is EUR 10,000.00.
We’re asking you to help us with slightly over half.
We want to create a friendly, comfortable, and accessible environment for everyone to feel welcomed.
This is why our first goal is to reach EUR 2,500.00. This amount will allow us to install a wheelchair and a pram-friendly entrance at street level. That is a top priority item on our to-do list, as we want to make sure everyone has easy access to the space.
If we reach EUR 3,700.00, our second objective, we’ll be able to equip the space with two ACs, so no matter which corner you’re exploring you always feel just perfect, despite the heat or wind outside.
Our final goal, EUR 5,500.00, will allow us to get our dream furniture (all locally manufactured of course!) so that we can take our display space to that WOW level!
Of course, we’re buzzing with ideas on how to improve your experience at il-lokal!
Any exceeding amount will be invested to make them reality, from buying a projector and screen open to community use, investing in the system which integrates our online shop with our retail outlet, to packaging and storage equipment.
Kar & il-lokal family
Curious to hear the whole story behind il-lokal?
Recently, Karolina sat down with Sasha Vella from Lovin Malta and shared it all.
Read the full interview here.
il-lokal wouldn’t exist without this bunch of amazing designers, artists and makers.
By supporting this campaign you’re positively impacting us all!
Sponsor My Future is a Maltese non-profit organization which helps a community of children living in the slums of Ruiru, Kenya. The programme supports the education and livelihood of children coming from underprivileged backgrounds, with the primary aim to give them an education which will allow them to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Through the programme donors are directly able to provide a child with valuable opportunities for growth and development, enabling them to reach their full potential both at home and at school.
We are putting out an urgent appeal for funding to support 4 children in desperate need of help. All 4 children are orphans and have no known relatives to take care of them and nowhere to live. It is our aim to admit these vulnerable children into appropriate facilities as soon as possible, to put them in a safe and stable environment where they will be able to receive the required support and have the opportunity to complete their education.
Simon, a diamond in the rough
Simon is a 15 year old boy that we came across during a county crackdown on street children by the local authorities, where they were being arrested, beaten and chased out of town. Most of the children had family or somewhere to go but Simon had no one. His mother died when he was very young and with no where else to go Simon took to the streets at the age of 7 in search of food and money, and has been homeless since. Simon taught himself Maths and English by picking out books from rubbish dumps and expressed to us his love for learning. When we evaluated his academic capabilities his level was that of someone at the end of their primary education… he has never been to school. Due to his exceptional academic skills we would like to enrol him in a private school that will be able to support his learning and unique capabilities. Additionally we would like to admit him to an orphanage specialised in caring for street children where he will be able to receive appropriate psychological support and guidance. We have high hopes for this child’s future and look forward to seeing what life has in store for him.
Patience, Joviana and Priscilla, sisters orphaned by HIV
These 3 sisters recently lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. Their names are Patience, Joviana and Priscilla (left to right in image). Each of the girls are coming to their final years of secondary education with two in form 4 and one in form 5, due to sit her O-levels at the end of this academic year. Since the girls recently lost their only caregivers they are unable to afford decent accommodation and are living in a slum where they are at risk of violence, sexual assault and even rape. We would like to remove them from these harsh conditions and admit them into a boarding school where they will be safe and supported. Each of the girls is bright and committed to completing their education in order to be able to get a good job and support themselves and one another. No child should have to lose a parent to a treatable disease like HIV, and no child should end up homeless as a consequence of that. Help us to help these beautiful and bright girls get through the last leg of their secondary education.