SurfAid International

Associated Sports:
  • Surfing
Causes Served:
  • Community
  • Health
  • Poverty
Age Groups Served: All
Mailing Address: Po Box 130369
City: Carlsbad
State/Province: California
Zip/Postal Code: 92013
Country: United States
Phone: (760) 931 1199
Website: Http://

in 1999, Physician and Surfer Dr. Dave Jenkins Went on a Surf Charter to the Mentawai Islands with One Goal in Mind: to Find Perfect Waves. the Surf Proved to Be Everything He Had Hoped For. What He Also Found, Though, Were the Mentawai People---mostly Women and Children-–-suffering and Dying from the Ravages of Malaria and Other Preventable Diseases. Troubled by the Inequity of Lifestyles and Moved by Compassion, Dr. Jenkins Went on to Establish Surfaid International, a Non-profit Organization Dedicated to the Alleviation of Human Suffering Through Community-based Health Programs. with the Support of the New Zealand and Australian Governments, the Global Surfing Community, and Most Importantly the Mentawai People of the Affected Areas Themselves, Surfaid Has Come to Exemplify the Healing Power of Cross-cultural Partnerships.

together with an Impassioned, Motivated, and Talented Team of Volunteers, Staff, and Supporters, the Surfaid Journey Has Begun.

mission Statement: the Mission of Surfaid International, a Non-profit Humanitarian Organization, is to Improve the Health, Well-being and Self-reliance of People Living in Isolated Regions Connected to Us Through Surfing.

vision: to Develop and Synthesize a Series of Proven, High Impact and Cost Effective Approaches That Create Lasting Improvements in the Health and Well-being of Individuals and Communities at Increasing Scale

core Values:
• Surfaid Seeks the Alleviation of Suffering Through Health Projects That Enhance Local Capacities and Promote Community-based, Self-help Solutions, Guided by the Aspirations of Its Beneficiaries.
• Surfaid Embodies Positive Values Inherent in Surfing, Namely Individualism, Courage, Dynamism, and Adaptability, and Seeks to Harness These Attributes in Implementing Projects with Measurable Results.
• Surfaid Believes That Development Should Be Sustainable and Encompass the Social, Spiritual, Cultural, and Economic Wellbeing of Its Beneficiaries.
• Surfaid Believes That the Ultimate Test of Development Policy is Its Long-term Effect on the Most Vulnerable Sectors of Society, Particularly Women and Children. to This End, Surfaid Values and Supports the Central Role of Women in Development.
• Surfaid is a Grassroots Organization That Recognizes That Its Strength Lies in the Strong Participation of Its Members. Surfaid Recognizes the Value of an Involved Membership and Seeks to Encourage That Involvement with Accurate and Transparent Communication.
• Surfaid Believes That in All Promotional Activity, Members Should Ensure That the Dignity of Beneficiaries is Recognized and Advanced.
• Surfaid Recognizes and Values the Professionalism, Skills, and Experience of Our Staff and Their Contributions to Institutional Learning and Development.
• Surfaid Embraces the Spirit of Surfing Exploration and Works to Ensure That the Consequences Are Positive for Communities of Surf-rich Areas

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