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Founded in Mossel Bay
~ 2010 ~

~ Mission Statement ~

"Empowering marginalized and impoverished youths through surfing & character building activities that teach commitment and dedication."

The proof is in the pudding.

The real worth, success, and effectiveness of something can only be determined by putting it to the test.

Appearances and promises aside, you won't really know its value until you try it.

In our case, it means that now after almost 10 years, we know:

Our Core Surf Program works.

 

So, let's prove it.

Where's the pudding?

It's in the numbers.

In July 2017 we began capturing data on our Core Surf Program, on a daily basis, including the attendance of each individual child and the day's activities.

And after more than two years we've seen some very clear trends emerge.

It's all about commitment.

We proudly display our Mission Statement everywhere. It's the reason we exist:

"The empowerment of marginalized and impoverished youths through surfing & character building activities that teach commitment and dedication."

Learning a new skill, acquiring new knowledge, working, studying, earning a promotion, building relationships, all of these require commitment.

While there's little doubt  that commitment creates personal empowerment, the real question remains:

"Are we really teaching commitment?"

Numbers don't lie.

You can click to view our full day-to-day 2019 Attendance Register, while the more interesting details are summarized in our Annual Attendance Report.
 
But here are some quick numbers to consider: 

In 2019 our Core Surf Program was active on a total of 235 days. (To put that into perspective, the 2019 public school calendar comprised 203 days.)
 
And, for the first time ever, during the latter stages of 2019 we averaged a daily attendance of more than 20 children, every single day.

Attendance is commitment.

Even more significant than that is the average annual attendance numbers.

Especially when we group the children according to their level of experience and time spent in the program.

The newest children and those that are only somewhat experienced in the Core Surf Program maintained an average annual attendance of 57% and 64% respectively.

The most experienced children, however, maintained an average attendance of 88%, well above the less experienced groups.
In other words, as the children's experience in the program grows, so too does their average attendance.

Simply put, it shows that over time, our program definitely teaches commitment.
For our team, who work hard to maintain and grow the program, and for our sponsors and supporters, who have trusted us with their funds and resources, this is good to know.

We all felt it, intuitively we knew, but it's good to be able to put a real number on it.
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, 2019 was a tough year. While our Core Surf Program has grown in leaps and bounds, it hasn't been easy to keep up with funding.

In order to help us continue the work we've been doing since 2010, please consider making a donation via our website or via our ongoing GoFundMe campaign.

If donating via our website, and if you can afford to, please select the option "Make this a monthly donation".

If you cannot afford to make a donation, there are other ways to help. You could forward this email and you could connect with us on social media, here and here, to like and share our posts.

Thank you for your support!

That's it from The Surfer Kids, for now. Until next time:

Jonga pambile hamba ngothando
(Look ahead and walk in love)
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