Mon. May 20th, 2019

Local SA brand joins charity Kickstarter for at-risk Liberian youth surfers

surf liberia harpers sliders waves for changes mami wata surf therapySouth African brand Mami Wata alongside African NPO Waves for Change have just launched a one of a kind Kickstarter campaign for youth surfers in Liberia.

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The Harper Sliders Surf Club teamed up with two South Africans organisations to build a clubhouse in Liberia as part of their #surftherapy and skills training program.

Mami Wata is a locally produced brand that promotes the power of African surf. Waves for Change is an NPO offering surf therapy to communities affected by poverty, conflict and violence.

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The powerful trio created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of a surf lodge for Liberia’s marginalised youth. The campaign went live on 4 April.

Over the past 19 days, 261 backers donated $23 500 – nearly R336 000 – of the $26 000 goal. There are only 11 days left of the campaign, but at this rate, they’ll reach the goal in no time.

What is Surf Therapy?

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Surf Therapy, also known as Ocean Therapy, is a recent development in psychotherapy. It is widely used for war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as depression and combat stress.

Not only is surf therapy good for one’s mental health, but it is also proved to be an effective treatment for people on the autism spectrum. It is also backed by years of research.

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Harper Sliders, based in Harper, Liberia, introduced surf therapy to the community in 2017, turning the beach into a community-owned safe space for children and adults alike.

However, the community now needs a clubhouse where members can “bond, learn new skills and store their equipment”. Mami Wata, Harper Sliders and Waves For Change are determined to turn that dream into a reality.

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According to the Kickstarter campaign, the project is “improving the lives of these children and [is] part of a massive of positivity in Liberia.”

In addition, they created an exclusive range of Harper Sliders Mami Wata surf wear. All products are made in Africa and only available through the Kickstarter campaign. Waves of Change founder Tim Conibear explains:

“Surfing is a brand new sport in Harper. Before we started, there really was nothing. The beach has become a hub for the community ever since with 50 to 60 people gathering under the almond tree daily.

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Moreover, Conibear adds that a clubhouse will create a safe space for “what’s fast becoming Liberia’s biggest surfing community.”

Support the fund-raiser here. A $6 pledge gets you a Harper Sliders Membership Card. But the highest tier, a $6 500 pledge, gets you a trip to Harper with Waves For Change.

Watch: Waves for Change and Mami Wata changing lives

Mami Wata x Waves for Change – Harper Sliders from Mami Wata on Vimeo.

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