Posted In Good Causes that Deserve Applauses by admin Monday, January 17, 2011
The inspiration for Walu International began when founder Zack Parker traveled to Lido, Papua New Guinea on a surf trip in November of 2007. Zack and his best friend Taylor, whom he was traveling with, had no way of contacting anyone in the village prior to their arrival and so arrived unannounced. They were greeted warmly and immediately brought into the home of a kind family. For a small fee the family provided them with food, laundry, and shelter. Zack and Taylor were the only tourists in Lido for the next 5 weeks. Throughout their stay, Zack was struck by Papua New Guinea's natural beauty and the extreme generosity and kindness of the native people. However, he was also dismayed by the lack of sanitation and prevalence of illness. People were sick, children were dying, and the community had no means by which to better their troubling situation. The villagers drank stagnant rainwater out of large, open containers, and used the beach as their toilet. This same beach was where the children played and the women fished. Zack and Taylor were originally in search of perfect and isolated surf, but ended up finding an impoverished village greatly in need of help and guidance. Today Walu International is helping spread knowledge about sanitation, health, surfing, and smiles all across the world! Sector 9 is proud to be a supporter of such an incredible foundation.