Over two years ago, the Mentawai Islands were devastated by a horrific tsunami that destroyed the livelihood of the Mentawai people. Local Park Dohar witnessed his village disappear after the 12-foot tsunami hit and he lost everything. To protect his wife and two children from another disaster, Dohar and his family moved 12 miles inland. When he settled in his new town of Kinumbuk, he discovered one thing the tsunami left behind – malaria.
After witnessing his neighbor contract this life-threatening disease, Dohar feared for his family’s future. The tsunami traumatized Dohar so much that he had to give up his job of fishing. Unfortunately, farming leaves very little spare income. In hopes of protecting his children from malaria, his family uses two very old mosquito nets. These nets are filled with holes that Dohar’s wife must regularly repair.
Formed in 1999, SurfAid International is a non-profit humanitarian organization that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living by some of the best surf breaks in the world.
In 2001, SurfAid International instituted the SurfAid’s Malaria Free Mentawai program to help families like Dohar’s. Their program has helped to reduce the risk of this life-threatening illness in remote areas of the world. With the help of donations, SurfAid International has distributed more than 60,000 insecticide-treated nets and provided malaria education to over 300 villages.
You can help preserve some of the best breaks in the world. For $10, you can donate an insecticide-treated mosquito net; these nets can mean the difference between life and death. You can also help fund a village’s malaria prevention program.