TOGETHER WE HELP WITH EVERY BOARD PURCHASE
At MOAI, we want to give back and make the world a better place, for everyone. Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy nature, and play on the water. Therefore, we collaborate with the Waves for Change organization in Africa to support their amazing work in changing lives, one wave at a time. Together with Waves for Change, we create a better future for children in Africa that are affected by violence, poverty and conflict. With every MOAI board purchase, we will donate products, and are able to help the amazing work of the Waves for Change organization.
WAVES FOR CHANGE
Waves for Change provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, Waves for Change gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.
Apish and Bongani recognised that surfing was a great way to engage young people, who soon started sharing their stories and challenges. In an effort to provide more social support, the trio reached out to local social services only to realise that local services were heavily under-resourced. A gap was identified.
Daily exposure to violence and stress means many South Africans suffer from acute emotional and psychological stress. In the absence of emotional support, the stress often manifests in anti-social and high-risk behaviour, placing many young South Africans at-risk. Early surfing sessions showed that participants noted improved feelings of belonging, strength, trust and confidence – key pillars of wellbeing. This was reflected in their behaviour as noted by teachers and parents.
The trio crew, teamed up with mental health professionals and development experts to develop, what today is, an award winning Surf Therapy programme. W4C operates in some of the most at-risk communities in South Africa and Africa.