In March 2015, A Perfect Foundation opened up the very first multi-purpose Education and Environmental Centre and NGO Base in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. We had discovered the communities wanted to learn essential English skills and sustainable practices, so they could be a part of the growing tourism industry and create a better future for themselves and their children.
As keen surfers, we have been traveling to these regions for years and enjoying the world class surf breaks and island paradises. For the local communities, tourism is a way for them to break the poverty cycle and be employed by local operators. All of the operators in these regions want to employ local Mentawai, but they need strong English skills for them to stand a chance amongst other more highly skilled Indonesians from the cities.
We are also seeing the impact firsthand of plastic and other pollutants because of no waste management facilities. A large part of this waste ends up in the waters and beaches of the islands. Much of the waste is thrown into rivers, dumped by the side of the road or burned. We have two amazing full time Project Coordinators based at the Centre who do all the hard work on the ground as well as forming relationships with governmental officials and the community.
Since our official opening in March 2015 we’ve taught over 500 adults and children, with our classes continuing to grow as we expand our programs. As part of our environmental program, we organise various activities with our local community, which has provided us with an opportunity to educate them about the impact of littering their environment and the effect plastic and mismanaged waste is having on their health and the ocean.
We have now sourced a sustainable route for this plastic material to be transported back to the mainland to recycling depots, and have the support of local businesses who are utilising our recently introduced recycling collection depot.
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.
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 Environmental Centre which includes operational costs, running the various programmes, 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 which has been pushed back until 2018 due to insufficient funding. It only needs around 50 people to join and make this happen. Will you join us?
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!
- 3:29 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!!
- 5:50 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.
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!!
- 5:46 am, 19th November 2016
- 9:55 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 the 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.