SurfAid releases key achievements of the past year

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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.

“We have faced many challenging conditions together with the communities in the past year,” Wuijts said. “But a lack of roads, land tenure complications and severe flooding will not stand in our way to bring positive change to remote communities. We are proud and humbled by the many results we were able to achieve together.”


• Built 175 new, and rehabilitated 12, clean water facilities in 62 remote communities, with 502 members of local water committees trained to play a lead role in the construction, use and maintenance of the facilities.

• Reached more than 75 communities with hygiene education.

• Re-established 35 community health posts (Posyandu). (In Indonesia, Posyandu are the key village-based initiative to lift the health of young children and mothers.)

• Trained 212 community health volunteers to drive Posyandu activities.

• Reached 116 communities with health and disaster risk reduction activities.

• Built, with local communities, five evacuation roads, 10 shelters and four emergency food distribution points. (The communities have contributed 5,276 [wo]man hours to the construction of the mitigation projects, which doesn’t include the time spent for collection of 15.5 m3 of sand, 16.3 m3 of stones, 9.5 m3 of gravel and other materials.)

• Trained 416 schoolchildren in hygiene education.

• Trained 49 disaster management teams, with 588 people active as disaster team members.

• Facilitated two district level disaster management maps.

• Developed 49 village maps.

• Trained schoolchildren in disaster response at four schools.

• Trained 56 teachers in integrating disaster management into the school curriculum.

Wuijts said the support of donors worldwide has contributed tremendously to these key results.

“On behalf of our communities and staff I would like to thank all our donors for their generous and continuous support. Together we will achieve more results for remote communities,” she said.

You can learn more about SurfAid and donate at

Examples of what your donation to SurfAid’s Mother and Child health programs can deliver are:

$25 weighing scale, $50 water piping, $100 nutrition gardens, $300 midwife training, $800 water well, $3,000 mother and child health program (whole village).


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

SurfAid’s health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments and disease prevention - including mosquito net distribution.

SurfAid has built an award-winning capacity in emergency preparedness and has delivered five emergency response programs following major disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the October 2010 Mentawai tsunami.