Those who have surfed Lakey Peak in Sumbawa will likely recall coming through the Bima City Airport.
On the 21st and 22nd of December, flash floods devastated the city of Bima; where SurfAid’s office is located, and near to SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Program in the sub-district of Parado.
With up to two meters of flooding in some sub-districts, 66% of Bima city was affected, impacting 105,754 people.
SurfAid has officially handed over the mother and child health and water projects in three hamlets that were started in 2012.
The projects for the Nemnemleleu community included training for the community health volunteers; materials for assessing the health and growth of children under five, and their mothers and pregnant women; and clean water through new piping from springs, water storage tanks and tap stands.
A large contingent of health department officials and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which was held at the Nemnemleleu school.
Humanitarian organisation SurfAid today 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.
SurfAid today released some key results of their past year’s work in isolated regions of Indonesia.
SurfAid’s Country Director Anne Wuijts said SurfAid has 60 field staff living and working in remote villages off the coast of Sumatra and in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia.