Founded in 1994, the Trust helps disadvantaged women and children in Asia through education, health and income generation projects.


Today we are funding projects that reach some 10,000 women and children in Asia every year - including a programme to provide health care in remote villages in Rajhastan (India), a hostel for homeless children in Delhi and a project to help rebuild the silk cultivation industry in Afghanistan.


Our goal is always to reach the women and children who need it most and to help them to create a better future. More details are set out in our 'Key Charity Projects 2013' report.


We were delighted that Yasmin Le Bon recently visited one of our flagship projects in Udaipur, captured in this short film. Jodie Kidd continues to support us as a long-standing patron.

Jodie Kidd's 2009 visit to Trust projects

We've come a long way since we started out in 1994, supporting a project for slum children in Delhi, but our goal is still to reach the women and children who need it most.


Today, we are funding over ten different projects in Asia, reaching some 10,000 women and children every year.

We are delighted to be returning to Afghanistan with a project to help revive the silk industry and provide employment opportunities for women. Some of our earliest collections included Afghan embroidery so this is a perfect way to celebrate our 40th birthday!


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Past


Click on any of the links below to find out more about the projects...


To view our Present projects, click here

ASK Sankalp

Oxfam Afghanistan

Jamghat

Oxfam Cotton

Jeevika, India

Project Pani

Advit Foundation

Prakratik Society

Afghan Embroidery

Other Past Projects

ASK Sankalp


The Trust provided a grant to the ASK Sankalp project in Moradabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh well known for brass works. This project seeks to educate child workers from the brass works industry. The Trust has funded computer equipment, extra classrooms, and a playground.


Oxfam Afghanistan


Several years since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. More than 50% of children, mostly girls, do not attend school due to lack of female teachers and harsh winters that make travelling to school impossible in rural areas.
The Trust supported a three year project, run by Oxfam, to improve access to education in remote villages. The project provided more female teachers, established 'Winter Schools, and delivered literacy training for women.


Jamghat


Founded in 2003, Jamghat runs a hostel in Delhi, India for 15 children, and has rehabilitated more than 35 children. Jamghat uses street and stage theatres as a medium to build self confidence in the children and also raise awareness of key social issues. The Trust provided a grant for improvements in the children's accomodation.


Oxfam Cotton


In Hyderabad, central India, cotton workers' livelihoods are constantly under threat. Drought forces farmers to borrow money for expensive pesticides and high prices and new technology jeopardise the incomes of handloom weavers.
The Trust supported a three year project to help cottom farmers convert to organic farming, helping them to escape the 'chemical treadmill' and cycle of debt. We also helped to create a farmers' trading company, to give farmers better access to markets, plus a handloom trading company, helping to create sustainable livelihoods for weavers.


Jeevika, India


Jeevika's bee keeping project aims to improve the quality of life for 200 women and their families in rural villages in South India through honey production. The trust helped Jeevika to purchase beehives for the community.


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Project Pani


We all know that 'pani' (Hindi for water) is the source of life and yet many families in India still lack access to clean water. The Trust provided a grant for training in low cost rainwater harvesting for rural communities, helping to improve the lives of over 2,000 people.


Advit Foundation


Close to Monsoon's HQ in Delhi, the Advit Foundation is a community-based education project designed to increase and improve school attendance in the region. The project focuses on vocational learning, with subjects such as I.T., science, English language and tailoring.


Prakratik Society


The Prakratik Society, an Indian environmental charity, aims to save the tiger in Ranthambore National Park by addressing the root causes of poaching - namely poverty and lack of education.
We've supported integrated family planning and education projects in the surrounding 40 villages, funding the construction of two schools, a mother and baby unit and an orthopaedic unit in the local hospital.


Afghan Embroidery


The Turquoise Mountain Foundation has been working in Kabul, Afghanistan since 2006, with the aim of preserving Afghan cultural heritage whilst improving living conditions and creating economic opportunities for women. We funded a project to train Afghan women in traditional embroidery skills, giving them the opportunity to generate a sustainable livelihood from an age old craft.


Other Past Projects


The Trust has also provided one-off grants to High School Tala in Bhandavgarh Tiger Reserve (2004) and a Girls Hostel at Desuri in Jodhpur (2005) - both in India. These projects funded the provision of toilets, bicycle sheds and other facilities.
In addition to our 'core' projects, we have made donations to disaster relief causes, involving the Besland siege in 2004, Tsunami victims in 2005 and the South Asian Earthquake in 2005.


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Click on any of the links below to find out more about the projects...

ASK Sarai Tareen

Stree Shakti

Vidya Okhla

READS Programme

Radico Welfare

Seva Mandir

SEWA

SOS Children, China

Salaam Baalak Trust

Samarpan School

ASK Sarai Tareen


Sarai Tareen is a town in Uttar Padesh, India where families produce ornaments made of brass and bone.
Government schools are almost non-existant and the Trust is funding 6 community schools run by the NGO, ASK. The schools cater for 275 children , many of whom have never attended school before. Each child receives a nutritious meal at lunchtime.


Stree Shakti


Stree Shakti is a quilting cooperative in the foothills of the Himalayas producing some of the gorgeous Boutique products. Their goal is to create sustainable livelihoods for rural women as well as education for children.


Vidya Okhla


VIDYA (Vidya Integrated Development for Youth and Adults) is an Indian charity that aims to support and empower disadvantaged women and children in New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.
Vidya runs an integrated programme of education, skills training and income generation projects, many of which have been supported by us - including the Bal Vihar Primary School in New Delhi, and a women's micro-enterprise scheme.
We are currently partnering with Vidya to provide education in Oklah, a vast slum in Delhi, home to 10,000 families. This includes remedial teaching for the children, helping women to develop vocational skills and micro-enterprises, and providing basic information on health and sanitation.


READS Doorstep Programme


READS was founded twenty years ago with the aim of supporting the education of deaf and hearing impaired children in Jaipur, India. READS began by teaching three children in a small classroom, and has since expanded to encompass a school for 30-40 pre-school children, a diagnosis facility, a diploma course for teachers in deaf education, and an outreach programme.
We have been one of READS' largest donors, funding three of its projects:

  • Monsoon Anubodh School building.
  • Monsoon Diploma in Deaf education.
  • Monsoon Anubodh Door Step Education Programme (an outreach programme for children in slum areas).

Today, we are funding the Door Step Education Programme, bringing education to deaf children in two of Jaipur's worst slums.


 

Radico Welfare


The Radico Welfare Centre was established ten years ago to provide education and healthcare to a slum community in Delhi. We are funding an on-site health clinic at the primary school, as well as providing school uniforms, some performing arts provisions, and a new school bus! To find out more about Radico, watch an eight minute film of Jodie Kidd's 2009 visit to our Delhi based projects at the top of this page.


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Seva Mandir


Seva Mandir works to alleviate poverty in some of the most remote villages in Udaipur, Rajasthan. We are funding an immunisation programme that reaches 1500 children across 60 hamlets, children who previously lacked any access to the most basic healthcare and immunisation facilities.
We are also providing teaching materials and meals to 190 pre-schools in the district, improving the education and nutrition of over 4000 children. To find out more about Seva Mandir, watch an eight minute film of Jodie Kidd's 2009 visit at the top of this page


SEWA


SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association) is India's largest Trade Union founded specifically for women. SEWA is committed to strengthening the power of women in the informal economy, through capacity building, vocational training, healthcare and microfinance.
Since 2008, the Trust has funded a SEWA project in Bareilly, 255km from Delhi, to improve the lives of women who make a living from embroidery. From 2010, we are funding two SEWA centres in Delhi including a Monsoon/SEWA Centre of Excellence in Embroidery. This will bring together our collective experience to re-invigorate a traditional craft while helping women to make a sustainable livelihood.
Monsoon Accessorize is already putting orders through the SEWA centres in Delhi. See our Boutique range.


SOS Children, China


SOS Children is the world's largest orphan charity helping children who have nobody else to turn to. Today, nearly a million children worldwide benefit from SOS and around 70,000 depend entirely on SOS for a home, family and future.
We are helping an SOS Children's village in China, contributing towards school fees for children and training for women who will become foster mothers in the villages.


Salaam Baalak Trust


The Salaam Baalak Trust was established in 1968 to protect and care for street children in and around the railway station, crowded bus stops, business areas and slums of New Delhi.
We've supported the construction of a girl's shelter in Gurgaon, providing a home for 60 girls with regular meals, a library and a space to play. We are now also contributing towards the running costs of the shelter.


Samarpan School


One of our newest projects, Samarpan School was set up to provide education for the children of rag pickers in Delhi, India. Over 200 children come to the school every day. They attend lessons, play in the garden courtyard and recieve a midday meal.There is also a sewing workshop where women from the community come to learn new skills. With support from our team in Delhi, these women are now making products for the Monsoon Trust Boutique, enabling them to supplement their family incomes and apply new skills.


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There are so many ways that you can make a difference, from raising funds during our annual
Charity Week, to shopping at our sample sales and buying our Boutique products.

Charity Week


For one week during the year, Monsoon Accessorize HQ and all our branches in the UK become a hubbub of frenzied fundraising activity for 'Charity Week', in which we dedicate ourselves to raising money for the Trust. All of our staff are in some way involved and, in the past, many have organized inspiring charity events from fashion shows to fancy dress, sponsored runs to slave auctions... and much more in between! If you've got a great idea for Charity Week, or would like to find out more about getting involved, please get in touch.


Sample Sales


Everyone loves a bargain! Our sample sales offer a wide variety of women's and children's clothing from Monsoon, as well as a cornucopia of all things that glitter from Accessorize. And, unlike most sales, the great thing is that all of the money goes directly to the Trust. If you would like to bag a bargain in the knowledge that you are supporting a great cause, simply send your email address to monsoontrust@monsoon.co.uk.


Volunteering


If you've got time on your hands and want to put your skills to good use, come and help out at one of our sample sales that take place in London every few months or you can even volunteer on one of our projects in India. To find out more, contact us at monsoontrust@monsoon.co.uk.


Monsoon Trust Boutique


Every Boutique piece tells a unique story, working with small scale producers across India to create this exclusive range. As well as producing beautiful pieces, the overall goal is to create livelihoods for artisan communities. Boutique is also about up-cycling Monsoon fabrics, literally creating new from old. Fabric offcuts are collected and made into gorgeous, new gifts or accessories. 100% of the profits from the Boutique will be donated to the Monsoon Accessorize Trust. Founded in 1994, the Trust helps over 10,000 women and children in Asia every year.


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What are the aims of the Trust?


The Trust aims to help disadvantaged women adn children in Asia through education, healthcare and income generation projects, reflecting our long standing commitment to the communities that we have worked with since the company began.


What percentage of my donation goes on administration/fundraising?


We count ourselves very lucky, since Monsoon Accessorize Ltd pays for all the Trust's administration costs - including overheads and salaries. This means that we are in a wonderful position of being able to say that 100% of any donation from the public goes directly to the projects.


Where does the money for the projects come from?


The Trust is a small charity and a large proportion of our funding comes from the generous donations from Monsoon Accessorize Ltd. via the sale of charity products in our shops and sample sales. The rest is raised through fundraising activities, and donations from staff, from the public and from our suppliers.


How long has the Trust been running for?


The Trust was established in 1994 in celebration of a milestone – Monsoon's 21st birthday!


How do you decide which projects to support?


Projects need to meet our objectives of improving the lives of disadvantaged women and children in Asia, focusing predominantly on education, health and income generation. We try to focus on regions where our suppliers are located either now or historically, including communities in India, China and Afghanistan.


I'd like to get involved... how?!


We thought you'd never ask! There are so many ways to get involved, from volunteering at sample sales to fundraising activities, to making regular donations, to volunteering on some of the projects. You can even become a Trust Angel. Intrigued? Find out what suits you best by visiting the Get Involved section of this page.


Who can apply for funding?


We welcome applications for funding from all not-for-profit organizations in Asia working within their local communities on poverty alleviation programmes. We tend to favour local charities or NGOS with projects in areas where Monsoon Accessorize has trading links (both now and in the past), namely China, India and Afghanistan.


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How long does funding last?


That depends on the project. In some cases, we offer one-off grants for specific purposes. In other cases, we commit to fund projects for 3 years or more. We look for projects that we think will be sustainable long-term and where our contribution will have the most impact.


Who decides where the money goes?


Proposals are reviewed regularly by the trustees, and funding is approved for eligible projects after a careful review of project suitability, proposal, accounts and activities. If a project is short-listed, we may visit the project for further assessment.


How are projects tracked?


We like to visit the projects as often as we can – and at least once every couple of years. We also ask projects to send us regular reports and updates, so that we stay in close touch.


Who are the trustees?


Peter Simon
Chairman, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd


Rosalynde Harrison
Company Secretary, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd


Olivia Lankester
Head of CSR, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd


Gillian Lipton
CSR Manager, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd


How can I find out financial information about the Trust?


All of our latest accounts are on the Charities Commission website.


Do you have a patron?


Yes! We're very proud to have Jodie Kidd as our patron. Jodie, a previous 'Face of Monsoon', is a committed fund-raiser (seen here selling samples in aid of the Trust on the Portobello Road with company chairman, Peter Simon) and has twice visited projects in India.

 

How do I contact you?


To find out more about the work we are doing, please contact:


Gillian Lipton
Charity Manager
The Monsoon Accessorize Trust
The Monsoon building
1 Nicholas Road
London
W11 4AN
monsoontrust@monsoon.co.uk


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