Rip Curl Blog
Help Support Waves 4 Water Relief in the Bahamas
Waves For Water (W4W), is a targeted, non-profit organization focused on correcting the imbalances of water scarcity, in developing communities around the world.
We are Bahamas Strong. In response to the to the devastation delivered by Hurricane Dorian to the Bahama Islands, Rip Curl has teamed up with Waves4Water and will donate 50% of all proceeds to benefit the Bahamas hurricane relief.
In 2009, professional surfer, Jon Rose, believed there could be a more meaningful way to participate in the world - a way to do what he loved, while helping people along the way. That inspired him to create, Waves For Water (W4W), a targeted, special-ops style, non-profit organization where we focus on correcting the imbalances of water scarcity, in developing communities around the world.
”At the center of our efforts is empowerment. Supported by the belief in developing and empowering local networks, we always implement our programs through the local teams of volunteers and community leaders, that we cultivate in the beginning stages of any program. This process enables us to connect with a community on a deeper level, by establishing trust and rapport, over time – which, ultimately, ensures the highest potential for a truly sustainable program.
Over the past ten years we have implemented 155 clean water programs, in 48 countries–using water filtration systems (150,000), bore-hole wells, and rainwater harvesting systems; impacting an estimated 3,750,000 people. In addition to our primary focus around providing clean water, we also coordinate and execute natural disaster relief efforts around the world. We have responded to 33 major natural disasters, to date–including initiatives in Nepal, Bosnia, Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, Chile, and Pakistan.
The way we at Waves For Water channel that drive is by working on the front lines, to provide access to clean water, through the implementation of portable water filter systems, the digging and renovating of bore-hole wells, and the construction of rainwater harvesting, storing systems, in places where groundwater is not accessible.” says Jon.
After the shirts have sold, Rip Curl will send 50% of the proceeds in support of Waves4Waters efforts in the Bahamas relief.