The Malibu Surfing Association is privileged to host and support SurfAid with in-water and evening events during the MSA Classic Invitational. Proceeds raised from these events support SurfAid's programs as the humanitarian face of surfing.
WHO WE ARE
SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. SurfAid views its mission to improve health and wellbeing as an invaluable investment in the future of the Mentawai and Nias people. Key stakeholders are our communities and individuals, regional government and partner non-governmental organisations. Our programs represent an integrated approach to improving health and wellbeing and we seek lasting improvement through cost-effective, high-impact interventions.
WHAT WE DO
SurfAid, in partnership with communities and government, works to prevent disease, suffering and death through educational programs and health promotion that aim to change poor health behaviours and reduce the risk from natural disasters. SurfAid's goal is to empower communities to help themselves and build local capacity so their improved health resilience is sustainable. We advocate health and wellbeing for all and create collaborative relationships with other stakeholder groups wherever we can so as to further sustained change in behaviour and development.
WHERE WE WORK
We deliver our programs in the Mentawai Islands, 150km (90 miles) off Indonesia’s West Sumatran coast, Nias Island, 125km (80 miles) off the North Sumatran Coast, Banyak Islands (off North Sumatra/Aceh) to the north of Nias, and Telo Island to the south. These are ancient cultures and many of the villages where we work are isolated and difficult to access.