The Cheyenne River Lakota Nation (Oyate) has faced a number of challenges over recent years. Unemployment remains high due to lack of industry on the reservation or available jobs in nearby towns. The children born into the tribe are faced with difficult living conditions which has resulted in feelings of hopelessness amongst the youth, and staggering suicide rates.
The Lakota Oyate, Our Nation, not for profit was formed to provide the youth of the reservation with outlets for their frustrations. Previous supporters installed a skatepark on the reservation in Eagle Butte, but equipment was in short supply, so kids were running up and down the ramps instead of skating. Lakota Oyate partnered with the local school and began providing skating equipment for the kids. Many of the children on the reservation have taken on the roles of a mentor, suicide prevention roles, and various other leadership positions in order to help heal their community. Through skateboarding, the Lakota Oyate strives to bring hope back into the community, raise awareness of the trials these kids and adults face, and be a part of creating sustainable positive change for the Lakota Tribe.
Leading up to the annual event on the reservation, the Lakota Oyate has partnered with Charity Made Simple to bring awareness to the issues these kids face, and help raise money for skate equipment, and push towards an ultimate goal of opening a skateboard company on the reservation.
OUR OYATE CAMPAIGN:
- 500 GIFT BOXES SOLD: Allows us to equip 100 kids with decks and trucks to learn to skate on the parks built
- 2,500 GIFT BOXES SOLD: ADDS travel for some of the more advanced to participate in skate competitions
- 5,000 GIFT BOXES SOLD: ADDS the beginning of a Lakota brand skate shop on the reservation to add jobs a provide hope for the kids on the reservation
In order to fill our Gift Boxes with amazing products, we’ve partnered with the amazing companies below. Charity Made Simple purchases products to help support the missions of companies that give back to our communities and the world. Each Gift Box purchase carries a donation to the Lakota Oyate, in addition to various contributions made around the world. Check out our partner companies below to learn more.
Overview: Out of Print is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.
Product: Out of Print is providing Where The Wild Things Are crew socks
Overview: Smile Squared offers toothbrushes and travel products with a giving component tied to each purchase. We partner with organizations to address basic healthcare needs for children. For every toothbrush purchased, we donate one to child in need. Our travel related products help fund wish trips awarded to children facing life threatening medical conditions.
Product: Smile Squared is providing a three pack of travel size sketch journals
Overview: We are on a mission to eliminate food waste on organic banana farms. When fresh bananas have scuffs, are a little too ripe, or aren’t the perfect size, they are rejected for export outside of the country. According to the world resources institute, about 56% of all food wasted in Latin America happens before ever reaching distribution.
Product: Barnana is providing Banana snacks
Overview: Yoobi creates bright, colorful stuff for the school, home and office that GIVES BACK. For every Yoobi item purchased, a Yoobi item is donated to a classroom in need, right here in the United States. Yoobi… one for you, one for me.
Product: Yoobi is providing a full size journal and banana peel pencils.
Overview: Popsockets originated out of Bolder Colorado with the hope of changing the way people hold their phones. Now Popsockets act as various artistic expressions for each user. Popsockets also work with non profits on custom designs at discounted rates. The non profits can then offer their custom Popsockets to their network to help raise money.
Product: Charity Made Simple partnered with popsockets on our own design.
Overview: Skate communities across the country have added various stickers and other items as a sign of their support. We want to extend our appreciation to Thrasher Magazine, Insight Studios, Juice Magazine, Stronghold Society, Jerics Skateshop… among many others.
Product: Various unique items will be added to each box.
Overview: Charity Made Simple works to create a Giving Network across the country and change the standard in business by impacting purchasing decisions in favor of companies that give back, while driving project specific donations to non profits. Our goal is to spread our brand and raise awareness for the impact we, as consumers, can have on our communities.
Product: Charity Made Simple is providing a flex fit hat with our logos.
Are you ready to get involved?
Purchase a gift box, donate to a charity directly, help spread our brand and awareness for charities on social media, volunteer your time in the community, demand more from business… contact us to discuss these, and other ways to get involved.