Charities

SURFAID

WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

WHAT WE DO

We work together with communities and local government to prevent mother and child suffering and death. We provide very practical support such as materials to build water tanks, water taps and toilets for clean water and sanitation, mosquito nets to avoid malaria, materials for community health posts to support pregnant women, mothers and children and materials for evacuation roads to help communities escape to safety when another tsunami hits.

But it is the capacity building of community members, schoolchildren, community health volunteers and relevant government staff that really lies at the heart of what we do to increase the independence and health status of communities and reduce the risk from natural disasters.

WHY WE DO IT

The latest Indonesian statistics show that every three hours a mother dies in childbirth, while every hour 20 babies die. Half of these babies are less than one month old. In remote areas these figures are worse. We provide a mix of practical support, education and health promotion that aims to change poor health behaviours into positive behaviours.