When Jack Viorel rounded up a group of surfers from a small town in North Carolina to venture to India, their goal was simple - teach a group of young orphan girls how to surf, giving them an experience of a lifetime. They were pretty much unaware that this seemingly small gesture would make waves around the world.
The Indo Jax Surf charities, founded by Jack, has continued their transformational journeys to India each year - bringing with them hope and the healing power of joy, but moreover, exposing a growing epidemic in developing countries around the world - children missing their childhood.
As the world continues to get smaller, we become more and more exposed to the reality of these young girls' unprivileged birth right and horrific stories; one disposed of in a trash can, another whose eye was gouged by her parents to become a better beggar, one 7 year-old pulled from a brothel, the stories don't stop...
Self-esteem is a huge problem for these orphaned children and this surf camp teaches them that if they can surf, conquering their personal fears, they can survive their painful past and make a better future. Indo Jax takes the orphans out of their day-to-day; they put them in a new house, feed them and give them an adventure of a lifetime. Jack and his volunteers bring solutions to problematic situations, solutions that not only change the lives of the forgotten girls, but also make an impact on the negative social environment that exists surrounding them.
The team at Indo Jax Surf Charities witnessed the need for change in India and brought their talents abroad. Indo Jax knows how to surf and how to teach. They know through all their work in the US, with surf camps for the visually impaired and kids with autism, they have witnessed first hand the power of surfing, and they have made that their mission. Indo Jax is doing more than building self-esteem and providing hope for a better life - they are inspiring these young children to pave the way for younger generations - taking the first step in a series of events that will impact our future in a momentous way.