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.
To run our programs and continue educating and empowering remote communities we rely on donations, sponsorship and collaboration with other NGO’s and local operators. As a donor, you initiate a partnership with our staff and volunteers helping these communities create plastic free environments and a more sustainable future for them and their families.
Your involvement offers long term rewarding experiences as well as opportunities to develop relationships with this future generation of children, who will continue making a global impact for years to come.