Waves for Change is a pioneering HIV education and youth leadership programme rooted in surfing, based in Ocean-side informal settlements where HIV prevalence exceeds 25% and youth unemployment tops 60%,
Waves for Change uses surfing as a tool to connect with at-risk youth and initiate youth-lead forums for sexual health and community building in communities where no such forums exist. The programme is run in partnership with ocean-side high schools and runs after-school and holiday programmes to engage young people across a broad sector of the Cape's townships, were surfing and surf culture has never previously existed and provides and exciting and appealing platform for engaging hard to reach youth.
Based around its unique educational curriculum and training programmes, Waves for Change invests in the training and upskilling of local coaches to effect change in their home communities and transforms previously disused beaches into hubs for health education and vocational skills training.
Waves for Change has won multiple international awards for its innovative health education and skills training programmes
25 November 2012 - News by Waves for Change
W4C Founder Tim Conibear blogs about Thera - a W4C participant attached to a Kuyasa gang. "It´s been a long while since i was last called into a Headmaster´s office. It´s nice to know the...
30 October 2012 - Conversation by Bongani Ndlovu
Read my latest blog about Waves for Change and the impact we are having in Masiphumelele township. http://gigaf.org/R8o2Df Spread the stoke and help us reach our target! Thanks Bongani
19 October 2012 - News by Waves for Change
Bongani Ndlovu is a coach at the Waves for Change programme - an after school HIV and Lifeskills intervention that runs in the townships of the Cape and uses surfing as a tool to engage at-risk youth on the...
10 October 2012 - News by Waves for Change
Apish is head of coaching for the Waves for Change programme. He is also currently completing the Laureus Sport for Good YES programme, for young leaders in South Africa. His hero is Steve Biko, hence the...
21 August 2012 - News by Waves for Change
Coaches Day! Every Monday the Waves for Change coaches head over to Muizenberg to practice their lessons for the week and grab a few waves. Attached is a 40 second clip of the Waves for Change coaches in...
17 August 2012 - News by Waves for Change
As I sit here and write all that comes to mind is the smile I created on a child`s face today after they caught their very first wave. Being the author of a child’s smile is my daily mission as a surf...
Waves for Change - Raise your voice against AIDS
Oct 19, 2012