The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce that 11 National Federations (NFs) have been selected to receive financial support via the ISA’s solidarity fund.
More than USD $35,000 will be distributed to fund projects that will aid communities that have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 11 NFs cover four continents, including Afghanistan, Angola, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Venezuela.
Projects that will be funded range according to the needs of each individual community, such as community uplift programs, distribution of sanitation supplies, membership fee forgiveness, offsetting economic losses from the downturn in tourism, providing well-balanced food and potable water to families in need, and organizing classes for students that have been unable to attend school remotely since schools closed.
The amount of funds distributed to each country depends on the particular initiatives and projects that each set forward in their applications.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“The principle of solidarity with our affected National Federations is more important than ever in these difficult times. The global economic downturn has been hard on nearly everyone, but we felt it was essential to support those within the surfing community who have been most impacted.
“We are encouraged by all those in our global surfing family that reached out for help and presented creative initiatives. It warms us to see positive action in a such a difficult time for all.
“This solidarity initiative is a reflection of our mantra “A Better World Through Surfing”. We look forward to receiving reports from around the globe as these initiatives create change.”