Our story is strongly tied with that of Surfcamp Lombok, a surf school established by three Swedish surfers in Gerupuk Bay, south Lombok, Indonesia.
Lombok is a neighbouring island to the east of Bali, with a total population of around three million. Gerupuk village is located in the south of the island and has a population of around 1500, along with about 20 permanent foreign residents.
After living within the community for several years, in 2009 Surfcamp Lombok co-founder Olle Sandström, together with fellow Swede Karin Olofsson, established a foundation with the aim of helping the local community advance through education.
Initially registered in Sweden as Surfcamp Lombok Foundation, we are now registered in Indonesia as Pelita Foundation Lombok (Yayasan Pelita Lombok) and are run by all local board members and management. ‘Pelita’ means ‘shining light’ in Indonesian.
While Surfcamp Lombok continues to provide us with enormous practical support and use of their facilities, we now run as an independent non-profit organisation, and depend solely on donations to run our programs.