Waves for Change – Surf Therapy for Violent Communities


  • Launched In: July 2012
  • Services offered: Surf Therapy, Home Visits, School Visits, Social Worker, Soup Kitchen, Child and Youth Care training, Homework Support.
  • Weekly reach: 160
  • Positions of Employment Created: 10

Khayelitsha is one of South Africa’s largest and fastest growing townships. Meaning “new home” in Xhosa, Khayelitsha has a population of over half a million people, with an estimated 40% of those being under the age of 19. The community also carries one of the highest HIV / TB burdens in the country with an estimated HIV prevalence of 30%. The community also has one of the highest community violence rates in the world. Youth unemployment in the community is estimated to be between 40-60%.

Monwabisi is the local beach and borders the Kuyasa community, a predominately informal settlement built on the dunes that back the beachfront. Waves for Change – Monwabisi formally opened in May 2012 following 6 months of consultation with local schools, community members, city health and Monwabisi lifesaving club.

Waves for Change – Khayelitsha is run out shipping containers set back from the beachfront at Monwabisi law enforcement compound.