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WAVES: A Project in Sustainable Development and Conservation

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BENEFITING: WAVES FOR DEVELOPMENT

Mathew CERF

THE STORY:

In March of 2012, after several months spent volunteering with a construction and community development organization in southern Peru, I passed through the town of Lobitos for a quick surf on my way up the coast.  I encountered a small, dry, fishing villiage located right next to some of the best waves that I had seen in Peru. Year after year, those waves attract surfers from around the world. Their experiences, however, often fail to reflect the troubling reality of the Lobitos community.

For years, Lobitos has suffered from problems associated with severe poverty, a deteriorating ocean environment and economic climate, and a lack of educational infraestructure. Surfers stay at small, private, beachside hostels, behind which the general community remains underdeveloped.   

This December, I will be traveling back to Lobitos to work with the non-profit "WAVES for Development", a NGO that began in 2008 and focuses on environmental conservation and advocacy, social entrepreneurship, cultural exchange, life skills workshops, surf classes for kids, and supporting sustainable tourism. WAVES is also a sister organization to the Portland-based "Warm Current", a program that I've gotten to know over the last few summers, and who provide surf and environmental education programs for the Native American tribes of the Washington and Oregon coasts.   

I'm excited to get to work with the WAVES program, and to put my volunteer experience and study background in economics and spanish into action by helping WAVES achieve micro-credit program implementation, and complete feasibility studies to research, evaluate, and ultimately implement business ideas.  I will also be creating a video-documentary of my own to share with you all.

Before I arrive, I hope to raise $1000 dollars for WAVES for Development through sharing the WAVES organization and cause with friends and family. This money will go directly towards helping to impliment WAVES progams in the Lobitos community, and covering the costs and expenses associated with operating a non-profit NGO. Examples of these expenses include purchasing educational materials for local students, general maintenance of facilities and surf equipment, snacks for events, and helping to support host families and volunteers. It also helps to pay WAVES' small staff, cover local transportation, and cover grants from WAVES International to WAVES Peru.

I would love for you all to join me on this endeavor! Tis the season of giving, lets spread the spirit! Any contribution, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. 

Looking forwards to sharing this experience with you all. 

Cheers, 
​Matt

For more information, feel free to check out:
www.wavesfordevelopment.org

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Donor Comments

Lexington Steele

Lexington Steele

drivin ms daisy, still popular in japan 4 years ago

Katie Rose FP

Katie Rose FP

yeahh matt! 4 years ago

Ronnie Herr

Ronnie Herr

Good Luck! 4 years ago

Christian Leveridge

Christian Leveridge

4 years ago

Zoë and Elliott

Zoë and Elliott

Way to go, Matt! 5 years ago

Graham Davis

Graham Davis

5 years ago

Fiona

Fiona

5 years ago

Nana

Nana

Happy birthday Matt!! I am so proud of you We are celebrating my 91st birthday in 2 days and all the kids will be there Miss you SO much. Love,Nana 5 years ago

Melissa and Charlie

Melissa and Charlie

Go Matt! What a wonderful project! Can't wait to see your video! Love from los Tejanos! 5 years ago

Nora Mitchell

Nora Mitchell

Great project, Matt! 5 years ago