Emi Koch grew up in southern California and wanted to be a professional surfer from an early age. She surfed competitively and earned sponsorships with a number of surf companies. However, in high school and through community service, she realized many people did not have the same opportunities she had enjoyed and in turn became socially conscious. “Although I love surfing and its lifestyle, I want to work toward philanthropy and social activism. Volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal last summer and my experience at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., have made me more aware of national and international social issues and motivated me to combine my passion for social justice with my love for surfing” states Emi Koch. In September 2009, she founded her nonprofit corporation “Beyond the Surface” which seeks to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal areas around the world and empower street children through the sport of surfing.
|What is Beyond The Surface?
Beyond the Surface is a nonprofit corporation in the United States, currently applying for 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity status. Their mission is to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal communities worldwide and empower street children through the sport of surfing. Beyond the Surface sponsors three international nongovernmental organizations: The Kovalam Surf Club in India WAVES for Development in Peru The Umthombo Surf Club in South Africa For just $20, you can help rescue a child from the streets and give them a chance to escape from a lifetime of homelessness. Your donation will assist Beyond the Surface in placing children in one of our three educational self-empowerment surfing programs. Beyond the Surface forges a connection between surfing and sustainable development through empowering surf programs. Help a Street Child Today!
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