Funding the Mentawai Education and Conservation Centre

Being Funded by Perfect Wave Giving Circle

The Mentawai Education and Conservation Centre provides English education and environmental programmes for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged kids in Indonesia. Our Giving Circle helps with the annual rental and operating costs as well as contributing towards building our new school in 2017. We only need 50 people to join this circle and donate to make it happen. Can you join us?

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We only need 30 monthly donors before Oct. 15th to share in $12,000 with thanks to UBank!  Will you Join?

A Perfect Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation created to empower local communities in remote surf regions through education and skill acquisition to make a sustainable difference. Founded by The Perfect Wave Surf Experience, we wanted to be able to give back to the island communities that have allowed us to enjoy their natural resources and homelands.

Remote Islands in Indonesia such as the Mentawai’s are recognized internationally as one of the few remaining places on the planet as having unique cultural and ecological assets.  These need to be preserved, not exploited and destroyed.  In the last few decades, vast tracts of Amazonian and Indonesian rainforest have disappeared and then lost forever. We’ve seen marine environments spoiled as plastics and pollutants have poisoned once pristine waterways as no or little education has been provided on waste management or recycling options.

A Perfect Foundation realizes that the time is NOW!  We need to collectively take proactive action to protect this unique marine and forested environment. By doing so, we can ensure future generations inherit at least some of the lush beauty that once was more than the rarity it’s become today.

Through collaboration and direct support we are dedicated in assisting any way we can with the local communities, while learning from them at the same time. A Perfect Foundation supports multiple programs through initiatives and fundraising for other established charities in these regions as well as our own community based multipurpose Centre in the Mentawai. This way we are able to make a direct difference where and when it is needed through hygiene, clean water, education, skill acquisition and environmental programs.

We can all make a difference, and through caring and collaboration we have the power to connect with people from many diverse cultures and create positive sustainable experiences.

It costs over $65k a year to run the Mentawai Education and Conservation Centre including operational costs, wages and rent.  This Giving Circle is going to do it’s part and contribute to the annual rental costs of the school which are $15k a year as well as assisting in our new school build for 2017.  It only needs around 50 people to join and make this happen.  Will you join us?

English Teaching Programmes at the Education Centre

As a response to the request of the local community, we offer English classes to the local people, particularly the younger generation. Classes are offered to anyone willing to learn and enjoy a safe learning environment, where their needs are catered for through carefully differentiated planning. With population growth, development of the region and the predicted increase of tourism coming to the islands, we are providing these remote communities with valuable access to English skills offering them an opportunity to develop sustainable initiatives.

The Mentawai Islands is one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. Our founding company, The Perfect Wave Surf Experience, represent many quality surf charters and surf resorts/lodges in this area and send hundreds of happy surfers here every season. All of these operators seek to employ local Mentawai people provided they have the qualifications, with strong English Language being one of the major skills required.

Surfing and Water Awareness

Surfing is a big part of the community in the Mentawai Islands, however women rarely participate due to inequality and lack of confidence. At the centre we run surf classes for girls and young women offering them an opportunity of gaining a life changing skill. The joy and empowerment these women are gaining from a previously male dominated sport is immense. Students also learn about rips, currents, tides and dangers associated with the sea. Through surfing, they are fostering a love, understanding and respect for their ocean environment.

Estimates suggest three times as many women than men died in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Asia, with one major factor being the majority of women were lacking the education on how to swim.

Environment Awareness

As part of our Environmental Program, we are focusing on supporting the Bank Sampah Siput Bisa (Rubbish Bank) program to help it become a successful and sustainable recycling scheme. The main objective of this program is to reduce plastic waste being dumped and polluting the environment, the air and the ocean by encouraging and educating community members to manage their household rubbish.

As part of this initiative, we organise various activities with our local community, such as beach cleans, art competitions, video campaigns, and workshops. This provides an opportunity to educate young people about the impact of littering their environment while also gaining an insight into the growing problem of waste disposal on the island.

The foundation has now started to operate and sustain its own recycling collection facility while also promoting responsible disposal of waste throughout the Mentawai Islands. We recognise that education is at the heart of finding sustainable solutions to the islands’ current environmental issues. Therefore we also aim to promote education on environmental issues particularly plastic pollution and the increasing problem of plastic marine debris in our oceans, starting with the younger members of the population.

As the sponsor of this Good Cause our Giving Circle will:

  • Be recognised as an official sponsor of the school including having the name of our Giving Circle proudly displayed on the building!
  • Receive quarterly updates on how our money is being used and how it’s helping to change lives.
  • The ability to communicate and interact directly with the project facilitators on the ground
  • The opportunity to visit or volunteer at the Education and Conservation Centre – a once in a lifetime experience

How does it work when I join this Giving Circle?

Simply click on ‘Join this Circle’ and pledge the monthly amount you’re comfortable giving.  You’ll be billed each month but you’re free to change or cancel your donation at any time if the need arises.  Any donation you make over $2 will be tax deductible for Australian residents

Any donation you make over $2 will be tax deductible for Australian residents


Well with the Education and Conservation Centre currently closed for holidays and allowing our Project Coordinators Tom and Karen to have a well-earned break back in the UK, we can reflect on the amazing work we have been doing over the past 6 months!!  So far this year we have recognized World Earth Day, World Oceans Day and World Environmental Day all which make our recycling and waste management efforts so much more rewarding knowing we are doing our part in this paradise mecca of the world.  If we don't collaborate on a global scale, how many of these small pockets of paradise will there still be to enjoy or for the next generation to enjoy?

With this also comes the ongoing education, and the English learning program is just as essential to be part of the growing tourism industry throughout these islands and continuing to make a sustainable difference for these communities for years to come.

We also have some amazing news to share and that is securing our very first Platinum Sponsorship Member with a AUD$20,000 donation to assist with building our new multi-purpose Centre!!  We are so excited for this new partnership and look forward to working together with local businessman John Waitzer who has his own lodge nearby, and knows the challenges associated with recycling in these areas.  We now just need the additional funding to purchase the land and we can make this happen during 2017!!  If you know of anyone that would be interested in making this happen before EOFY let me know so we can make contact with them!

- 2:29 am, 21st June

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Well end of 2016 saw us launch our new plastic waste recycling programme ‘Bank Sampah’ which is one of our biggest roles that we'll be focusing on this year.  We have been holding beach clean ups and explaining to the community what can and can’t be recycled. It has been really rewarding and encouraging to see young kids bringing us plastic waste, cleaning it and asking questions about our new programme.   We also took our plastic recycling programme, to the local High School to spread the word. With education at its core, getting young people involved is key for the sustainability of the programme. We had lots of fun with an interactive workshop which included a presentation, activities, games, videos and even a little skit!

Let’s hope this is just the start of something amazing!!


The school closed over the Christmas period so our full time teachers could take a well earned break, and the students got into the festive spirit donning their Santa hats for a bit of pre-festive fun!!


We are slowly progressing raising the funding to purchase land and building a new multi-purpose Education and Conservation Centre, so please help spread the love and share this giving circle to your network of friends, family, colleagues etc.

Watch this space as we start a new term full of learning and exciting activities planned for the students, with further updates coming soon!!

- 4:50 am, 20th January

Wow what a busy few months we have been having at the school!!  We would not be able to continue running these amazing programmes without your ongoing support and funding which is clearly evident in these photos.

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In September we had a load of books donated and delivered from family and friends of TPW, so the students now have their own little library and bookshelf which they absolutely love which they can practice their new English skills!!

Woohoo - Watch this space!!  Future world leaders, in the making!!  If Donald Trump can, these kids have a good chance!!

- 4:46 am, 19th November 2016

- 8:55 pm, 30th September 2016

The Giving Circle FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about The Perfect Wave Giving Circle

Can anyone join?

Absolutely.  Anyone with an interest in helping communities in the Mentawai cope with the change being brought about by increased tourism and environmental change are welcome to join.  Past and present clients of the Perfect Wave and anyone who's surfed in and around the Mentawais may feel this Giving Circle resonates with them, but anyone, anywhere is welcome to join

Is there a minimum donation level?

Because credit card fees eat up a percentage of the monthly donations we do ask that people commit to a minimum donation of $10 per month, but of course we welcome larger donations from people who can afford it

How long am I committing to monthly donations?

This Giving Circle will run ongoing and you will be charged each month until you modify or cancel your donation, which your free to do anytime by logging into your MyGivingCircle account.  We understand that peoples circumstances change and you are free to change or amend as necessary

When does my monthly donations commence?

Your first monthly donation will be taken from your credit card when you join and then on and around the same time each month thereafter.

What happens if we don't reach our target?

We're confident that with your help we will reach this target.  In the unlikely event that we don't reach this target the Perfect Foundation will run other events and fundraisers to fund the gap and/or use existing cash reserves to cover the shortfall.

How do we find out how things are going?

The Perfect Foundation will provide this Giving Circle with regular updates - at least 4 times a year to let us know how our money is being used and the impact it is having.

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