Namib Sustainable Waves

Welcome to our project NAMIB SUSTAINABLE WAVES (NSW)!
The first of its kind in Namibia. We are looking to work with vulnerable children along Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast, home to Donkey Bay, one of the best left-hand waves in the world!

NSW ethos revolves around working with young Namibians from the townships, to help bring about a shift in attitude towards their natural surroundings, acquire new skills and build self-esteem. The project will teach them how to surf and provide them with a cultural exchange of learning, education and interconnectedness towards their environment.

The young people would acquire new skills in ocean awareness and safety, gardening, cooking while working with volunteers from other nationalities. All of this to cultivate curiosity, environmental and personal awareness, inspiration and build self-esteem to widen the spectrum of each child's opportunities according to his/her specific skills and interests.

With a goal in the future to see each young person we work with, become a valued member of their community.
To become mentors and inspirations to the next group.
All with an aim to better their chances in finding employment and purpose in life!
Whilst having a whole load of Fun!

We are Iris & Olli and in 2020 started NSW in Swakopmund, Namibia.  The idea came about while surfing, gardening and cooking with our friends Borne & Cynthia from a local township. Borne was out of a job, and his sister Cynthia couldn’t go to school - both because of Covid-19. The weekends spent with them has been an opportunity for us to share our passion and knowledge of what we love most: surfing, gardening for food, cooking, while trying to live in a sustainable way. An Earth- and Human- friendly way of life.

So far we've been running the programme informally and financing our activities with Borne and Cynthia on our side, with previously donated surf gear. We would like to provide better gear and materials for the young people we work with.  We feel this project can have a positive impact on a lots more children than Borne and Cynthia!

Your support would be greatly appreciated and allow a solid platform in setting up a recognised welfare project and grow the NSW community in 2021! 

Here is our plan for the next 6 months to make waves for sustainable development:

♻ Goals:
- expand the project to include 6-10 kids
- provide meals & transport for all surf lessons, gardening sessions, educational outings and beach clean-ups
- replace worn out wetsuits and provide suitable surfboards for each participant
- provide gardening tools and protective equipment for hands-on activities
- find like-minded people to join our field team and involve our town's community

♻ Activities:
- gather food sustainably from the coastal environment and local urban food garden(s)
- learn cooking skills by preparing meals together
- combine surfing with games, sports, stretching and mindfulness exercises
- facilitate interactive talks on global and local sustainability issues, sometimes inviting guest speakers and experts

The following UN Sustainable Development Goals power the Namib Sustainable Waves Project:

A BIG thank you to those that have already contributed!
We're happy to hear from you if you wish to contribute or support us in any other way!
  • christian engel 
    • €20 
    • 4 mos
  • Stijn Verschueren 
    • €130 
    • 5 mos
  • Stephen Palmer 
    • €75 
    • 6 mos
  • Beatriz Losada Bobillo 
    • €15 
    • 6 mos
  • WAVES International 
    • €50 
    • 7 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Iris Hysko 
Raised €50 from 1 donation
Pordenone, Province of Pordenone
Oliver Pieters 
Team member
Raised €510 from 6 donations
Johanna Woge 
Team member
Raised €156 from 5 donations
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