SurfAid was started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands. Today SurfAid is proud that more than 95 per cent of our program staff are Indonesian nationals who work hand-in-hand with the communities in the Mentawai and Nias islands, off Indonesia’s Sumatran coast, to bring about positive, sustainable health change while respecting the unique culture and customs of the islands. Annual and Financial Reports appear on the governance page.

What we do

The mission of SurfAid, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is to improve the health, wellbeing, and self-reliance of people living in isolated communities connected to us through surfing.

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Founders story

Today SurfAid is proud that more than 95 per cent of our program staff are Indonesian nationals who work hand-in-hand with the communities in the Mentawai and Nias islands.

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Why we do it

Nearly one in 10 Mentawai children do not make it to the age of five. More than 70 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and they have shocking health figures.

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Awards

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Where we work

We deliver our programs in the Mentawai Islands, 150km (90 miles) off Indonesia’s West Sumatran coast, and Nias Island, 125km (80 miles) off the North Sumatran Coast. These are ancient cultures and many of the villages where we work are isolated and difficult to access.
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Governance

SurfAid has an International Board of Directors, drawn from each country board, and comprised of a diverse group of people with broad experience in the fields of commerce, science and law.

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People

Today SurfAid is proud that more than 95 per cent of our program staff are Indonesian nationals who work hand-in-hand with the communities in the Mentawai and Nias islands.

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Contact us

SurfAid is incorporated in the Australia, USA and New Zealand. The field program offices are in Padang, West Sumatra; Tuapejat, the regional capital of the Mentawai Islands; and Gunungsitoli, the capital of Nias.

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SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim
is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people
living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
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