Kwepuhna surf retreat in Robertsport, Liberia fights ebola
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 October, 2014 - Two La Jolla surfers are on a mission to save a small town in Liberia from Ebola. Daniel Hopkins and Sean Brody opened the first surfing retreat in a town called Robertsport.
After two years in Liberia, they saw a lot of success. But now, they say the Ebola outbreak threatens to end it all. Hopkins watched the business he helped create in Liberia nearly collapse after the outbreak.
“We went out there and saw a lot of opportunity within the community. We had great waves but we also saw opportunity to help the local people and bring tourism to Liberia and use surfing as the catalyst,” he said. “You know when you spend that much time with people, they become your family,” he said. “What I do have control over is raising awareness to see that they don’t suffer through this.”
He has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to keep his staff on the payroll as they ride out the crisis. His goal is to raise $25,000, roughly a six-month salary for his staff of 15. Hopkins hopes to one day come back to the place he calls his second home.
As of Oct. 25, more than 2,705 people in Liberia have died from Ebola, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can help Hopkins and Brody at the GoFundMe link here