The club provides a safe-space away from the harsh realities of ghetto life, a place where all are welcome, surfboards & wetsuits are FREELY available, plus a shower and a meal. Its also a sense of community, of belonging, and we push the kids to improve their surfing as a healthy alternative lifestyle, to enter local competitions, to train as surf coaches, and ultimately to find positive outcomes in often hopeless situations. Surfing is a pathway to a brighter future.
The club is run by a handful of local volunteers and the members themselves, nobody gets paid, its all done for the love and care for the future generations. There is no funding, and just the rent of the clubhouse is a challenge to meet each month.
The Small Things Foundation has come onboard to help find sustainable solutions to keeping the doors open, and improving what we can offer to the community.
After working in both Switzerland & South Africa it became obvious people earn vastly different amounts for doing the same work, yet the cost of living is not equally less. Some places have social support, healthcare, others do not. On a human-level, this is hugely unfair. It also became clear that most fortunate people wish to help those less fortunate, but just don’t know how. We decided to do something & find ways to channel help from one side to the other, in small ways that make a big impact.
We can each do more, to fix the problems we see in our world
Most people want to help, but find it hard to make time or decide how to
Our work is disruptive, accountable and people driven