Tag Archives: Development

Help us upgrade our Monwabisi Safe-Hub

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Waves for Change is working with Breadline Africa to upgrade our safe hub at Monwabisi Beach. Monwabisi is the local beachfront for khayelitsha township, one of South Africa’s largest and most violent communities. Since 2011, W4C has been running surf therapy programmes at Monwabisi to connect at-risk youth to emotional support and surf therapy programmes. […]


W4C is an award-winning organisation based in Cape Town led by surfers and mental health professionals. We have developed evidence-based learn-to-surf programmes that alleviate symptoms of trauma in at-risk youth. In 2016, we want to share our experience with you, so more young people can experience the joy of the ocean. We’re looking for dedicated, […]

Huck Magazine feature Waves For Change

Huck Magazine Feature W4C’s work in Bringing Surfing to previously Empty Township Beaches Thanks to DIY education project Waves For Change the young people of Khayelitsha are getting a chance to experience the transferable skills of surfing. Most visitors who land at Cape Town airport will walk out into the blinding sunlight and do one […]

W4C’s Apish named in ’10 Activists leading the way”

W4C’s Apish Tshetsha has been names on of 10 Activisits leading the way by Mahala magazine. Apish was one of the founding members of the Waves for Change movement, launching surf therapy programmes in his home township of Masiphumlelele back in 2011. At the time unemployed and out of school or training, Apish took it […]

Following up with Lwandile – Can we surf ourselves to mental health?

In 2014 we worked with NPR to bring you a story from within Waves for Change. The story focused on Lwandile and his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress following a traumatic upbringing in the community of Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. In 2013, Lwandile discovered the ocean when Waves for Change brought the sport of surfing to […]

Reflections on My Time in Glasgow

Bong’s Blog: Reflections on My Time in Glasgow I am proud to share a few highlights of my first international trip of many to come representing Waves for Change all over the globe. The trip overall was a phenomenal experience and opportunity to network with young leaders within the sport for development community. On the […]

Escaping Khayelitsha’s Gangs

Escaping Khayelitsha’s Gangs: Tim Blogs on the Battle of W4C Participants to Leave the Gangs of Kuyasa “If you’re in, you can’t get out. They’ll come for you. They’ll kill you. If you want to get out, you gotta become a ghost. They can’t see you. You can’t go outside, can’t go to school….you can’t […]

From Gang Member to Peer Educator

From Gang Member to Peer Educator In July 2012 we opened our second Waves for Change site in Khayelitsha. It was an intimidating prospect, we were expanding the project for the first time and heading to a community with some very serious, and very real issues. In March 2012, 3 children at Esangweni School were […]