A Perfect Foundation’s Collaboration Centre – Project Outline
Through collaboration and direct support we are dedicated in assisting any way we can with the wants and needs of the local communities, while learning from them at the same time. A Perfect Foundation supports multiple programs through initiatives and fundraising for other established charities in these regions as well as our own community based Collaboration Centre in the Mentawai. This way we are able to make a direct difference where and when it is needed through medical, hygiene, clean water, education, skill acquisition and environmental programs.
Learning English: The centre offers to strengthen English speaking and listening skills to help ensure the local community become effective collaborators. Classes are offered for all who are willing to learn and enjoy a safe learning environment where their needs are catered for through carefully differentiated planning.
With a strong emphasis on speaking, listening, pronunciation and vocabulary, the teaching of English is undertaken by two volunteers who follow an afternoon teaching schedule for students of primary age through to adults. These volunteers offer a flexible programme which offers plenty of communicative activities and opportunities to develop confidence.
Swimming & Surfing: With its location near the ocean and its ties with The Perfect Wave, the Collaboration Centre also offers surfing and swimming lessons to the local community. These lessons have recently focused on the female community, giving them opportunities to learn a skill which they shied away from in the past.
With donated swim floats and beginner surfboards, we have been able to take groups of varying ages and teach them how to swim and surf. The programme also develops a trust and respect for the ocean; students learn about rips, currents, tides & dangers associated with the ocean.
Environmental Awareness: A Perfect Foundation is set on a sustainable, greener future for the Mentawai Islands. The islands are seeing an increase in tourism and they have identified waste management as a rising issue. Our Environmental Programme ,‘Keep The Mentawais Beautiful’, offers a stepped approach, with education at the foundation. We are starting with the simple message ‘Don’t Litter’, but hope this will set the precedent for changing the approach of how waste is currently dealt with. This message is filtered through beach clean ups, ad campaigns, workshops, art competitions, liaising with the local government and, most importantly, with the local young people we work with.
As the environmental programme evolves, we aim to introduce recycling to the Mentawai Islands and fund a sustainable solution to shipping non-organic waste back to the mainland where it can be recycled.