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First Day In Nicaragua 0

First Day In Nicaragua

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June 1, 2015 This morning, Pat arrived in Nicaragua and is buying necessities before heading to the community. He will be living with a host family for two months. His primary objective is to work with the community to identify committee members to lead the project and then train the committee so they will be equipped to lead. The goal is to improve the communities’ sanitation/hygiene conditions by building a latrine; however, if we do not equip and empower the community to lead this project, the eco-latrine’s potential will not be maximized. Our goal isn’t to merely improve sanitation & hygiene conditions for a couple of years, but to permanently improve the communities’ conditions and this cannot happen without community ownership. We would love to see an eco-latrine built soon, but we will not rush through the crucial phase of creating community ownership by empowering leadership. So, we will not be boasting that we built 50 latrines in a month. Instead, we will be communicating the solid foundation that is being built to support sustainable growth. We are thrilled about this summer and we look forward to sharing updates!...

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Surf’s up in impoverished Papua New Guinea- Aljazeera 0

Surf’s up in impoverished Papua New Guinea- Aljazeera

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Vanimo, Papua New Guinea – Surfers eager to ride Papua New Guinea’s big waves are trying to develop impoverished beach areas to attract tourists and much-needed revenue, but running into cultural obstacles and local resentment. The surf movement rose up in Papua New Guinea – in the southern reaches of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia – in the 1980s. An Australian pilot landed his plane at Vanimo, a remote village on the northern coast of the country, and spent the weekend riding perfect, endless waves. Before departing, he gave his surfboard to curious locals who had been riding hand-carved wooden bodyboards for generations, but never fathomed standing up on the waves. The Papuans took to surfing like fish to water and passed their love for the sport to the next generation. Vanimo had remained off the grid until the 2011 documentary film Splinters was released. Afterwards, though, surfers from as far as Japan and the United States began turning up with surf boards in hand. A few locals rented out beds in their shacks, though it wasn’t until the opening of the Vanimo Surf Lodge by the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) that surf tourism took off.   See full article...

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SurfAid and Walu Collaborate in Nias and PNG 0

SurfAid and Walu Collaborate in Nias and PNG

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SurfAid International granted the newly formed Walu International an experience that will help proliferate their impact in villages in Papua New Guinea. SurfAid gave Walu an inside look on how Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is being properly implemented on the island of Nias, off North Sumatra, Indonesia, with the objective of helping expedite the impact that Walu will have as an organization. CLTS empowers villagers to arrive at a sanitation solution on their own, after realizing their current practices are harmful to their health. Since the ideas are locally generated, people have a sense of ownership over the projects and can create their own solutions. In the case of CLTS the first step is to encourage community members to construct un-subsidized latrines, using local resources, thus increasing the likelihood of success. Walu International spent a week tracking the components of successful SurfAid projects, both in the office and in the field. With the help of the SurfAid staff in Nias, Walu was able to participate in the CLTS process from beginning to end. This first-hand involvement proved invaluable for Walu because they now have a vivid picture of what success looks like from the village perspective. Beginning with the end in mind is an important step in development and...

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Student Surf Vacation Leads to New Non-Profit Organization 0

Student Surf Vacation Leads to New Non-Profit Organization

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“Where’s the best place on earth to surf?” In 2006 SDSU undergraduate student, Zack Parker, asked this question of the local population while he was vacationing in Australia. Parker was told about a place in nearby Papua New Guinea that got rave reviews from the surfing community, but he was told “You don’t want to go there.” But in his quest for the perfect wave, Parker went anyway and soon understood why he was issued the warning: a lack of any type of running water made living conditions incredibly unsanitary. Those terrific surfing beaches Parker heard about in Lido, Papua New Guinea are also used as toilets by the villagers. It is these same beaches used by local children and families as playgrounds and picnic areas. Not surprisingly, the rate of death from dysentery, cholera and other waterborne diseases are rampant in the area and throughout the country. And while Parker was horrified at the conditions, he also realized that with some help, conditions in the area could improve. Currently an SDSU MBA student, Parker and a team of students from his Management 743 (fall 2009) class were given the task of creating a sustainable business plan as a class project. The group took Parker’s experience and wrote a...

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Surfing for Good | SDSU News Center 0

Surfing for Good | SDSU News Center

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“Where’s the best place on earth to surf?” SDSU undergraduate student Zack Parker asked this question in 2006 while vacationing in Australia. Local surfers described a place in nearby Papua New Guinea with rave reviews. However, Parker was told, “You don’t want to go there.” In his quest for the perfect wave, Parker went anyway and soon understood the warning… See full article...

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