The Trust began working with Swim Vietnam in April 2014 and we will be partnering with them until April 2017, funding a project in the central Que Son district of the country.
With drowning one of the main causes of child deaths in this flood prone area, Swim Vietnam are working to provide swimming lessons to as many children as possible. The Trust has provided funding for a new above ground swimming pool which was completed in September 2014, and the training of ten swimming teachers. These teachers, alongside staff from Swim Vietnam, are now providing swimming lessons to local children, over 700 of whom are signed up for courses in the coming months.These lessons are funded by the Trust and provided to the local community for free.
Each child receives a block of eighteen lessons, teaching them how to swim and showing them basic life saving techniques. The first group of children to receive the lessons, none of whom could swim on day one, were already swimming an average of fifteen metres by their ninth lesson. The local community have really got behind the project and it is receiving lots of positive support from parents and teachers.
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Lessons in the new pool
Learning to swim