Skyla’s was established to be a business that can support local families as well as support sustainable community projects. With many youth dropping out of school as young as 13 years old and not being properly educated, Skyla’s saw an opportunity to create a positive and healthy environment in which, these youth could find some purpose for their lives rather than be sucked into the negative influences of laziness, drugs and violence.
Skyla’s employs local’s, train’s up and teaches them everything from good character, life skills, vocational skills, business skills, language, hygiene, money management and more…
Our hope is that after a season working with Skyla’s these youth will have what it takes to support themselves and their families either by being employed by a bigger company where they can continue to flourish and grow or start their own business and be self supportive.
Many Burmese immigrant kids who live in Burmese labour camps in Phuket were becoming the victims of abuse and not receiving any education. The Good Shepherd charity started schooling these 120 kids on a concrete slab in the middle of a dry fish farm.
So Skyla’s joined a crew of 7 who circumnavigated Phuket on stand up paddle boards in 4 days doing 150km. From this paddle they were able to help raise half a million baht to start the new school project. The school was then managed and completed by the wonderful efforts of Stand Up Projects, (an adventure company that support’s sustainable community projects).
In conjunction with Christian Surfers Thailand, Skyla’s was able to help facilitate a surfboard repair workshop taught by Mat Manners, one of Australia’s leading surfboard shapers. These local surfers have now managed with the help of Skyla’s to start their own surfboard repair business and help serve the local Phuket surf community.