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Helping teachers in Olasiti, Kajiado, Kenya – A project of Right2Smile

The Olasiti Project that Right 2 Smile (R2S) supports is a community-based project with the aim of giving children access to primary education, food safety, and promoting sustainable community practices and empowerment initiatives.
Over the years, R2S have been able to provide water to different areas of the community, as well as set up a public school and offer training to local youths to become teachers. R2S have also offered training to families within the community to make better use of their land through a specific agricultural programme. The aim is to improve food production in the community, harvest, make the best use of water and work to harvest surplus in order to improve the families’ income.
Through this crowdfunding campaign, we’re looking to raise €2, 300 that would help R2S fund the salary of three teachers attending the school in Olasiti.

il-lokal: a new creative hub in Valletta

What is it all about?

Hi friends!

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.

Thank you!
Kar & il-lokal family

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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. 

To learn more about us you can also visit our online shop at il-lokal.com or Instagram @il_lokal.

il-lokal wouldn’t exist without this bunch of amazing designers, artists and makers.
By supporting this campaign you’re positively impacting us all!

2point3

Arianne Bellizzi

Astrattico

Babau

Badly Stuffed Animal

Bake me a card

Byebrucinar

Candle Co.

Cardsy

Ceramics by TIZ

Churpina

Cirasa

Daniel Pisani

Denise Scicluna

Duska Malesevic

Ed Dingli

Emma Fsadni

Farrad Wahdieni

Ferment Island

Fold

Form Matters

Frank Wrap

Frankly Bold

Gabe

Gulja Holland

Happy Play Co

Hazy Lips

Heartspace

Instinkt

It’s a floating world

Jacob Sammut Photography

Jonn Galea

Julia Blk

Justine Ellul

Karl Demicoli

Karti Kontra Kulhadd

Kevin Attard

Kitsch Picks

KS Collection

Kyle Xuereb Cunningham

Lime Atelier

Lisse Wets

Little Big Pie

LST Stitches

Maduma

Maltatype

Marta Ilacqua

Maximilian Saliba

MiHome

Moira Zahra

My name is Hellish

My shoes abroad

NAR Candles

Paca Alvarez

Pocket Sandwich Studio

Que

Rebecca Bonici

Sadness Rebellion

Sapun ta’Malta

Sasha Vella

Screengirl

Semih Okmen

Shapelamp

Sorgi by AHA Objects

Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

Space for Clay

Steffi Venturi

Steven Scicluna

Supraterrae

Swell Studio

Te fit-Tazza

Terra

Terrazzo Home Decor

Textpresso

The Flower Lab

The Good Witch

The Urban Botanist

Tiny Island Studio

With love from our kitchen

Zack Ritchie

Urgent Appeal for Sponsorship Fees

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.

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