At Bali Republic, we are committed to improving the lives of those in Indonesian communities faced with basic day-to-day living difficulties. That is why 1% of every sale at Bali Republic is donated to SurfAid to help fund their life changing community programs and initiatives.
SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. 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.
SurfAid now operates in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo and Banyak islands, off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, and in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia. The local people in these isolated and unique island chains face many life-threatening challenges, with diseases such as acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea and malaria, plus birth complications, taking a serious toll. Malnutrition is an everyday reality for both children and adults, and natural disasters in the form of tsunamis and earthquakes add to the challenge of improving the health and wellbeing of the village communities. People in remote areas are often forgotten, as delivering services there is costly, time-consuming and requires serious efforts.
SurfAid passionately believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic services. SurfAid therefore provides very practical support such as materials to build water tanks, water taps and toilets for clean water and sanitation, mosquito nets to avoid malaria, and vegetable seeds to help establish nutrition gardens to eradicate malnutrition. But it is the capacity building of community health volunteers, schoolchildren, community members and relevant government staff that really lies at the heart of what SurfAid does.