Surfing is a big part of the community in the Mentawai Islands, however women rarely participate due to inequality and lack of confidence. At the MECC we run surf classes for girls and young women offering them an opportunity of gaining a life changing skill. The joy and empowerment these women are gaining from a previously male dominated sport is immense. Students also learn about rips, currents, tides and dangers associated with the sea. Through surfing, they are fostering a love, understanding and respect for their ocean environment.
It costs approximately AUD$5,000 a month to operate the Mentawai Education and Conservation Centre which includes operational wages and expenses and includes our English and Conservation Programs. Our founding company, The Perfect Wave provides the overhead and administrative costs of our organisation, ensuring that 100% of all donations are used to sustain and grow our programs based on the needs of the local community.
As a donor, you initiate a partnership with our staff and volunteers helping the local Mentawai children create a better and more sustainable future for themselves and their families! By doing so, you are also developing a relationship with the children and communities involved with the Centre offering long term rewarding experiences available for you or your business colleagues.