Raising a generation of confident African young women through surf therapy.
of African Women
In São Tomé island, surfing was only for boys like household duties were only for girls.
in a seashell
Before SOMA's intervention, 65% of the girls agreed that woman has an obligation to do all the household chores and take care of children without man's help. By the end of intervention, just 23% agreed on this idea.
Before attending SOMA, 100% couldn't identify their emotions. After intervention all girls know identify emotions such as happiness, fear, disgust, sadness or anger.
Before SOMA, 26% of girls were afraid of the ocean, now only 4%.
We have also achieved other important step stones for women in São Tomé:
1sr female participation on a national surf championship
We can proudly say that we have organized the first two national surf championships (2021, 2022) with a female participation in the country's history and with equivalent prizes for the two categories, which was another achievement for SOMA in the fight for gender equality and development through sport.
Coaching and Instructing certification program
Together with the Olympic Solidarity, the National Olympic Committee and ISA (International Surfing Association) we’ve organized, an intensive surf training program where 15 local boys and girls became official judges and surf coaches - another step for SOMA that went beyond its own mission to help develop the surfing industry in order to create job opportunities for the whole community.
A female surfer represented her coutry overseas
With the support of “Provide the Slide”, SOMA took the female national champion to attend a surf conference with other 5 west African countries and to participate in the10th Liberia National Surf Championship taking place in Robertsport, Liberia.
A moment that had a tremendous positive impact on how girls are perceived in São Tomé and have inspired more local girls to pursue their dreams!