About

Waves for Hope offers youth development programs that utilize surfing, group discussion and mentorship to empower and provide positive psychology education to at-risk youths in under-served communities across Trinidad & Tobago.

 

Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional and mental well-being of young people. We provide a safe space, caring mentors, the fun activity of surfing and evidence-based exercises to build healthy
relationships, develop coping skills and improve confidence and self-esteem.

 

Our goal is to encourage positive life choices and create role models in under-served communities in Trinidad & Tobago.

"When I get overwhelmed at home and at
school I take time by myself to meditate."

 

Beneficiary, 2022

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IMPACT

"Surf Therapy helps the kids in my community by making them feel free, it helps them get along better, teaches them respect and it helps build their confidence. "

Mentor, 2019

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Participants

We work with groups of up to 24 youths at a time.  These kids and youths live in vulnerable situations and are exposed to poverty, violence, abuse and family breakdown.


The Trinidad & Tobago Youth Project (TTYP) estimates that more than 50% of youths involved in school crime and violence are afflicted with health problems such as depression, emotional, verbal, or physical abuse, mood disorders and unresolved grief and loss.

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Founders

Waves for Hope is a non-profit organisation founded in 2019 by Trinidad Surf Pro Chris Dennis & Manuela Giger from Switzerland. Both are very passionate about surfing & believe in the healing nature of the ocean in combination with surf therapy.

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