The first time SurfAid Founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins, visited the Mentawai Islands, all he had in mind was scoring epic surf. What he found changed his life, and the lives of thousands of others. Sixteen years later, thanks to the help of people like you, SurfAid is recognized internationally as the leading surf-related humanitarian aid organization.
Our Mother and Child Health program, which serves a population of 12,000 in Nias, has proven results in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates. In 2012, before SurfAid’s intervention, 8 out of 150 mothers died in childbirth. Today we have reduced that number to ZERO. During the same timeframe, there were 22 deaths of children under the age of 5. That number has been reduced to 5.
This would not be possible without your support. Won’t you please make a donation to help us bring our program to even more women and children?
Many communities have seen the success of their neighbors, and are now inspired to work with the SurfAid approach to improve their own health. Our goal for 2016 is to expand our program from 19,000 participants, to approximately 55,000 throughout all of our regions. Our model of assistance focuses on empowering and supporting local communities. One of our program participants, Sri, would like for us to share her story of how this approach helped her and her community.
Sri lives in Kuta village in Parado; a small village in the south of Sumbawa Island. Just like any mother, Sri wants her family to be healthy. Fearful of the constant illnesses that plague her village, she found herself visiting the local community health center. She met other women who shared her concerns and have a common goal of improving their community. Her visits to the health center became more frequent, and she began to share what she was learning with family and friends. Empowered by her newfound knowledge, she signed up to become a clinic volunteer.