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Waves For Change

After successfully working for five years in challenging communities across Cape Town, Waves for Change were keen to see if their Surf Therapy programme – designed to help children cope with high levels of stress and trauma – could be applied in communities outside South Africa, where child mental health services are under-resourced and stigmatized.

Alfonso Peters Waves for Change Ambassador

Alfonso Article

We’re so excited to have Alfonso Peters as a Waves for Change ambassador and friend. Alf, a Muizenberg local, grew up in some of the most violent areas of Cape Town, and was on a dangerous path before surfing changed his life. Alf understands the power of the ocean, surf therapy and sport for development, […]

Waves For Change and the Lunchbox Fund Team Up to Provide Food For Kids

The Lunchbox Fund

Today, children participating in the Waves for Change (W4C) programme at the Monwabisi site enjoyed a hot, nutrition packed, post-surf meal, thanks to a new partnership with The Lunchbox Fund. United by our commitment to help improve the lives of at-risk children from Township communities in South Africa, Lunchbox Fund will provide ongoing nutritional support […]

Waves For Change East London Site Officially Opens

East London

The Waves for Change (W4C) team were stoked to officially open the East London site on Thursday 25th May, 2017. There to celebrate the successful expansion of the programme to the east coast, Morné du Plessis, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa; pro-surfer Greg Emslie; representatives from site partner Mercedes-Benz South […]

Grassridge Wind Farm Fuel Change Through Surfing

In November 2016 Waves for Change (W4C) and the Grassridge Wind Farm’s “Grassroots Youth Development” (“GYD”) teamed up to help change the lives of children living in impoverished areas of Port Elizabeth, by establishing a W4C site on St George Beach outside Motherwell. Six months in, 45 children already visit the site each week to […]

The Power of Partnership | Action Impact Network

Action Impact

Action Impact Network In recognition of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – specifically Goal #17: ‘Revitalize the global partnership of sustainable development’ – a consortium of international NGOs have formed the ‘Action Impact Network’ to establish a collective approach to measuring the impact of programmes delivering mental and wellbeing solutions to at-risk youth, through […]

Making Waves – W4C Launch Two New Sites in the Eastern Cape

W4C Port Elizabeth

We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our surf therapy programme to two new sites – East London and Port Elizabeth – in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The launch of the new centres adds an exciting new chapter in our commitment to providing a child-friendly mental health service in communities where mental health services […]

Making Data Collection Great Again

Monitoring and evaluation of social programmes are vital and can be highly beneficial for learning, improved service delivery and communicating with funders. Unfortunately, the reality of applying ‘traditional’ academically rigorous evaluation methods comes with many challenges. It is that time of the year again. Collecting baseline data from our participants. Data for internal purposes (to […]

Waves For Change Excited To Reveal Re-Developed Monwa Site

Monwabisi Beach

Waves for Change,were delighted to showcase their refurbished and extended surf therapy centre at Monwabisi Beach (Monwa), Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Thursday 23 February. In partnership with Breadline Africa and Objek Architects, W4C officially opened the new centre, which had originally consisted of three containers in need of TLC and now sports an additional two […]

Waves For Change Stoked To Win Laureus Sport For Good Award

Laureus World Sport Awards

MONACO, 14TH February 2017 – Waves for Change (W4C) were honoured to receive the Laureus Sport for Good Award presented by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco at the annual Laureus World Sport Awards. The Laureus Sport for Good Award is awarded to an organisation or individual who, in the opinion of the members of the Laureus World […]