Misfit Aid is the not-for-profit arm of Sydney based surfboard manufacturer Misfit Shapes. Misfit Aid partners with local organisations and in country partners to empower the aid and development of communities impacted by poverty, disaster and humanitarian crisis.
Misfit Aid sends teams of skilled individuals from the Australian community to assist in the areas of building and construction, community empowerment and other development programs as guided by the needs and circumstances of the community.
Misfit Aid aims to assist communities through the sharing of skills, resources and knowledge, enabling the communities to harness their own change and development and ensure a sustainable future.
Since founding in 2010, over 70 Misfit Aid volunteers have assisted communities in countries including Chile, Peru, Samoa, Fiji and Mexico.
How are we responding to the United Nations Development Goals Today?
1. Poverty & Hunger
Through housing, community infrastructure, water access, sanitation & aquaponics food development.
Through skills training in business and trades, building and renovation schools.
3. Empowerment of Men and Women
Through microenterprise development and respecting community elders and leaders identification of real needs that they cannot solve themselves.
4. Environmental Sustainability
Through aquaponics and water tanks as well as sourcing sustainable and local building materials i.e. legal wood suppliers in Peru and sustainable community infrastructure.
5. Global Partnership for Development
Through in-country partnership and community liaison with leaders and elders as well as sourcing all materials from in-country businesses, developing microenterprise and business mentoring.
Our Project Development Stages:
(Each Misfit Aid Project is at a different stage of development).
Stage 1 - Indentification: Outline a potential partnership or projection engagement option, focusing on partner specifics, aid/development needs, support options, potential benefits and outreach costs.
Stage 2 - Feasability: Conduct feasability activities to further explore potential support options, related benefits; community impact, potential risks and issues, required resources, cost estimates and expected impact. Requires significant statistical and data analysis to inform output documentation and determine viability for engagement.
Stage 3 - Preparation: Formalise partnership, develop and plan project design, implementation and delivery plans and methodology, as well as ongoing project management including monitoring and evaluation.
Stage 4 - Implementation: Implement the project according to the PDD and PMP manage towards planned outputs and outcomes; report on impact; ongoing monitoring, management and administration of activities.
Stage 5 - Closure and Transfer: Finalise and wind-up the project or transition to local management; assess and evaluate the project against the PDD and PMP, document lessons learned, transfer project documentation and outstanding items to local management/or transition to business-as-usual; asses and report impact.