Working with communities to create opportunities and enrich lives.
In Indonesia, behind the palms of some of the world’s top surfing destinations, are villages so remote that basic government services don’t reach them. There is no clean water, health services, education or electricity. SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation which was started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia.
Today, SurfAid works to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in these isolated regions by employing Indonesian nationals who work hand-in-hand with the communities of Western Sumatra, Sumbawa and Sumba, to bring about positive, sustainable health change while respecting the unique culture and customs of these islands communities. They work with, and in support of, the community - from the idea for a program to the implementation of the program.
In Sumba, Indonesia, childhood malnutrition is unacceptably high. SurfAid will work with communities to establish vegetable gardens and seed banks, and improve family nutrition through cooking classes to ultimately reduce malnutrition in children under five and pregnant women.
This project will increase nutrition, hygiene and sanitation standards for the families of six isolated villages in Gido, Indonesia, through improving available basic health services and coaching volunteers to support the parents of these communities.
This project will support eight remote communities in Indonesia to improve their everyday sanitation and hygiene practices through training, social awareness and the building of new and safe toilets to prevent open defecation.
This project will provide clean water by protecting existing water sources from rubbish, animals and other dangerous pollutants as well as training communities to maintain water facilities and improve their knowledge of sanitation practices.
This project focuses on reducing deaths from cervical cancer, currently a leading cause of female mortality in the remote Solomon Islands. SurfAid will work to increase women's access to cervical cancer screening by training peer educators and producing creative media to support health-seeking practices.
This project will encourage exclusive breastfeeding practices in Nias, Indonesia to help minimize the damage caused by the malnutrition-infection cycle. Training and coaching, supported by localized education materials, should stimulate uptake of exclusive breastfeeding and save lives.
Improving irrigation will help to address persistent high rates of malnutrition - driven by poverty, insufficient access to water, poor knowledge about nutrition, and low agricultural production, exacerbated by climate change.