One of the beneficiaries of our clean water program
The idea was that once went down and helped Lance and Kristin set up some good trusty local networks to implement the program to – then all of their charters for the rest of the year can have the option of bringing filters down during their week to help reinforce those networks…
It’s creating a very user-friendly sustainable supply chain that rides comfortable on the coattails of peoples love for surfing and fishing. It’s not a new concept, I believe Nihiwatu Resort in Sumba, Indonesia has a program where all their guests get to take one day out of their trip and help the nearby village through a number of projects they’ve set up. The philosophy is also being coined “Volunteerism” these days. I just like to call it – doing our part!
W4W and Surfari crew with local village
So, we went down to Nicaragua, brought 30 filters (enough to provide 3000 people with access to clean water) and set up three local networks with them. Since our trip every one of Lance & Kristin’s charters has personally bought, carried, and implemented more filters to those networks.
It’s a model that is thriving and growing with each passing week. The last and probably most fun element of this mission was having some good ol’ froth-mouthed grommets along with us – young LA based pro-surfer shredder, Dane Zaun, and his trusty filmmaker sidekick, Matt Grote. Their energy and stoke was a nice reminder of what W4W is all about… and a refreshing break from some of the heavier projects we’ve done recently in places such as Afghanistan and Haiti.
We surfed our brains out… threw back a hefty share of Toña’s (local Nicaraguan beer), helped a bunch of local people with the basic yet ESSENTIAL need for clean water, and had a shit-load of fun in the process…
Matt made a video of the trip that shares the experience thru Dane’s eyes… On behalf of W4W, I’m happy to share it with you all… I feel it’s a great snapshot into the innocence and purity that comes from doing what you love, and helping along the way.
In addition to Hurley stepping up (as always!) I’d like to throw a shout-out to Lance, Kristen, and the entire crew at Surfari Charters for initiating this. Lastly, I need to throw out BIG props to W4W Executive Director, CHRISTIAN TROY, for really running point on this project and making it come to life from our end… Well done crew!!
Christian Troy with examples of dirty water & clean filterd water
See you all around the next corner…