Dr Dave Jenkins at TEDxManly

12 Mar 2014



SurfAid is pleased to share with you a talk - Do something that matters - that our founder, Dr Dave Jenkins, gave at the recent TEDxManly...read more



12 Mar 2014

Dr Dave Jenkins at TEDxManly



SurfAid is pleased to share with you a talk - Do something that matters - that our founder, Dr Dave Jenkins, gave at the recent TEDxManly...read more

SurfAid Announces Merger with Sumba Foundation Australia

06 Mar 2014



SurfAid and Sumba Foundation Australia are proud to announce a merger of the two charities.

Sumba Foundation Australia has been delivering health projects, clean water and a better quality of life to the Sumbanese people, while respecting and preserving their fragile culture and traditions.

Joining these two organisations, which have compatible missions, will strengthen the delivery of programs in the field. ...read more



06 Mar 2014

SurfAid Announces Merger with Sumba Foundation Australia



SurfAid and Sumba Foundation Australia are proud to announce a merger of the two charities.

Sumba Foundation Australia has been delivering health projects, clean water and a better quality of life to the Sumbanese people, while respecting and preserving their fragile culture and traditions.

Joining these two organisations, which have compatible missions, will strengthen the delivery of programs in the field. ...read more

SurfAid Receives Australian Government Accreditation

05 Mar 2014



SurfAid is proud to announce that it has received non-government organisation (NGO) accreditation from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

SurfAid was founded in 2000 to work in the Mentawai Islands, off West Sumatra, Indonesia, but has expanded its field operations to Nias, the Telo and Banyak islands off Sumatra, as well as Sumbawa and Sumba in eastern Indonesia, and was involved in the recent emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. ...read more



05 Mar 2014

SurfAid Receives Australian Government Accreditation



SurfAid is proud to announce that it has received non-government organisation (NGO) accreditation from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

SurfAid was founded in 2000 to work in the Mentawai Islands, off West Sumatra, Indonesia, but has expanded its field operations to Nias, the Telo and Banyak islands off Sumatra, as well as Sumbawa and Sumba in eastern Indonesia, and was involved in the recent emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. ...read more

Key achievements of the past year

29 Nov 2013



“We have faced many challenging conditions together with the communities in the past year,” Wuijts said. “But a lack of roads, land tenure complications and severe flooding will not stand in our way to bring positive change to remote communities. We are proud and humbled by the many results we were able to achieve together.” ...read more



29 Nov 2013

Key achievements of the past year



“We have faced many challenging conditions together with the communities in the past year,” Wuijts said. “But a lack of roads, land tenure complications and severe flooding will not stand in our way to bring positive change to remote communities. We are proud and humbled by the many results we were able to achieve together.” ...read more

SurfAid launches Philippines appeal in wake of Typhoon Haiyan

22 Nov 2013



SurfAid has launched an appeal to assist the Filipino people in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. Billabong and the Quiksilver Foundation have already pledged $5,000 each. Both were lead donors in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which was SurfAid’s first emergency response after being established in 2000.

The Philippines Government estimates that the super typhoon has affected more than 13 million people (including 5.4 million children), and 4.4 million people have been displaced from their homes by one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. ...read more



22 Nov 2013

SurfAid launches Philippines appeal in wake of Typhoon Haiyan



SurfAid has launched an appeal to assist the Filipino people in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. Billabong and the Quiksilver Foundation have already pledged $5,000 each. Both were lead donors in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which was SurfAid’s first emergency response after being established in 2000.

The Philippines Government estimates that the super typhoon has affected more than 13 million people (including 5.4 million children), and 4.4 million people have been displaced from their homes by one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. ...read more

Two years after the tsunami

29 Jul 2013



Filmmakers Michael Lawrence and David Kruta recently went to the Mentawai Islands and Nias, off Sumatra, Indonesia, to cover our work in malaria, water and sanitation, and emergency preparedness. ...read more



29 Jul 2013

Two years after the tsunami



Filmmakers Michael Lawrence and David Kruta recently went to the Mentawai Islands and Nias, off Sumatra, Indonesia, to cover our work in malaria, water and sanitation, and emergency preparedness. ...read more

Working hand-in-hand with communities

01 Jul 2013


SurfAid field officer Pak O uses singing to transfer health messages to children. Photo: Anne Wuijts/SurfAid

“My dear friends, let’s wash our hands with soap ... pour the water onto your hands ... rub the soap with your two hands ... rub it on the back of your hands and between your fingers ... rub it to the left and to the right ... and then rub your palms ...”

This is an excerpt from a handwashing song created by the SurfAid team in Kinumbuk, a hamlet in the Mentawai. Using a church song with a melody familiar to the villagers’ ears makes it easier for them to remember. Eventually, consciously or unconsciously, they will memorise the message in the song: wash your hands with soap and flowing water. 

Handwashing songs have been a hit, especially with the children, every time they see Taufik and Aldy, SurfAid’s field officers in Kinumbuk. Children wave their hands and sing the songs. They sing them at home, at school, while they play with their friends. On Global Handwashing Day, SurfAid held a handwashing song contest for elementary schools, and the popularity of Taufik and Aldy’s song increased more than ever.  ...read more



01 Jul 2013

Working hand-in-hand with communities


SurfAid field officer Pak O uses singing to transfer health messages to children. Photo: Anne Wuijts/SurfAid

“My dear friends, let’s wash our hands with soap ... pour the water onto your hands ... rub the soap with your two hands ... rub it on the back of your hands and between your fingers ... rub it to the left and to the right ... and then rub your palms ...”

This is an excerpt from a handwashing song created by the SurfAid team in Kinumbuk, a hamlet in the Mentawai. Using a church song with a melody familiar to the villagers’ ears makes it easier for them to remember. Eventually, consciously or unconsciously, they will memorise the message in the song: wash your hands with soap and flowing water. 

Handwashing songs have been a hit, especially with the children, every time they see Taufik and Aldy, SurfAid’s field officers in Kinumbuk. Children wave their hands and sing the songs. They sing them at home, at school, while they play with their friends. On Global Handwashing Day, SurfAid held a handwashing song contest for elementary schools, and the popularity of Taufik and Aldy’s song increased more than ever.  ...read more

Russell Ord: Why I support SurfAid

21 Jun 2013



“Roughly 10 years ago I was on a boat trip in the Mentawai Islands and we docked in port to re-fuel. The passengers were freaking just to open the doors in case of mosquitoes and the threat of malaria. Time to explore, I thought. 

You can view more of Russell's work from the islands at surfaid.tumblr.com.

“The first guy I ran into spoke perfect English, which was lucky for me because my Indonesian was shabby at best, and he gave me a tour of the village while pumping out three Red Hot Chili Pepper songs. It was classic to say the least. He also asked two questions: 1) Are you scared of malaria and 2) Are you scared of Islam? Pretty powerful questions. 

“Answering ‘no’ to both he then went on and told me about his culture and also of a doctor who was recently in the village providing mosquito nets and malaria education and that most of the malaria had disappeared. How bloody amazing are some people, I thought to myself. I later found out that it was SurfAid distributing the nets. ...read more



21 Jun 2013

Russell Ord: Why I support SurfAid



“Roughly 10 years ago I was on a boat trip in the Mentawai Islands and we docked in port to re-fuel. The passengers were freaking just to open the doors in case of mosquitoes and the threat of malaria. Time to explore, I thought. 

You can view more of Russell's work from the islands at surfaid.tumblr.com.

“The first guy I ran into spoke perfect English, which was lucky for me because my Indonesian was shabby at best, and he gave me a tour of the village while pumping out three Red Hot Chili Pepper songs. It was classic to say the least. He also asked two questions: 1) Are you scared of malaria and 2) Are you scared of Islam? Pretty powerful questions. 

“Answering ‘no’ to both he then went on and told me about his culture and also of a doctor who was recently in the village providing mosquito nets and malaria education and that most of the malaria had disappeared. How bloody amazing are some people, I thought to myself. I later found out that it was SurfAid distributing the nets. ...read more

The Face Of A Disaster

26 Oct 2012



When an earthquake hits the Mentawai, or surrounding region, their world literally goes upside-down and we go into full-on emergency response mode.  For a couple of weeks, it’s a super hectic period as we try to reach the outlying villages with aid – food, shelter, building and hygiene kits - and raise funding at the same time.

After the October 2010 tsunami, we received an email from American photographer Michael Lawrence, who was in Bali at the time.  He wanted to help by documenting our work and the people of the Mentawai.  He didn’t want to be paid.

 ...read more



26 Oct 2012

The Face Of A Disaster



When an earthquake hits the Mentawai, or surrounding region, their world literally goes upside-down and we go into full-on emergency response mode.  For a couple of weeks, it’s a super hectic period as we try to reach the outlying villages with aid – food, shelter, building and hygiene kits - and raise funding at the same time.

After the October 2010 tsunami, we received an email from American photographer Michael Lawrence, who was in Bali at the time.  He wanted to help by documenting our work and the people of the Mentawai.  He didn’t want to be paid.

 ...read more

Surfaid Resumes Large Malaria Program for the Mentawai

17 Oct 2012



Surfaid is resuming its landmark Malaria Free Mentawai (MFM) program on a major scale after the last widespread rollout in 2007-2008.

The insecticide-treated malaria nets have a lifespan of about five years before they need to be replaced.

Surfaid’s Country Director Anne Wuijts said malaria is a communicable disease which remains a community health problem around the world, including Indonesia.

“This disease has a high rate of morbidity and mortality in babies, children under five and pregnant mothers,” Wuijts said. “The incidence of malaria in Indonesia is still high, and efforts need to be made to decrease it.”

Wuijts said key steps that can help decrease the incidence of malaria are increasing the awareness and knowledge of the community about the disease, and promoting behaviour and practices that lead to malaria prevention.



“The Mentawai Islands are an area with difficult geographical factors which make it hard to access and this situation contributes to making malaria control and prevention efforts more difficult,” she said.

Since the inception of the Surfaid malaria program in 2000, Surfaid has delivered more than 60,000 nets and malaria education to over 300 villages in the Mentawai and Nias islands. This includes emergency relief work after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and major earthquakes in the region, where people were displaced from their homes into temporary shelters.  ...read more



17 Oct 2012

Surfaid Resumes Large Malaria Program for the Mentawai



Surfaid is resuming its landmark Malaria Free Mentawai (MFM) program on a major scale after the last widespread rollout in 2007-2008.

The insecticide-treated malaria nets have a lifespan of about five years before they need to be replaced.

Surfaid’s Country Director Anne Wuijts said malaria is a communicable disease which remains a community health problem around the world, including Indonesia.

“This disease has a high rate of morbidity and mortality in babies, children under five and pregnant mothers,” Wuijts said. “The incidence of malaria in Indonesia is still high, and efforts need to be made to decrease it.”

Wuijts said key steps that can help decrease the incidence of malaria are increasing the awareness and knowledge of the community about the disease, and promoting behaviour and practices that lead to malaria prevention.



“The Mentawai Islands are an area with difficult geographical factors which make it hard to access and this situation contributes to making malaria control and prevention efforts more difficult,” she said.

Since the inception of the Surfaid malaria program in 2000, Surfaid has delivered more than 60,000 nets and malaria education to over 300 villages in the Mentawai and Nias islands. This includes emergency relief work after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and major earthquakes in the region, where people were displaced from their homes into temporary shelters.  ...read more


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