Each year drowning claims the lives of over 372,000 people around the globe, more than 40 every hour. Although these death rates are two-thirds that of malnutrition and over half that of malaria, there is little being done to address this preventable epidemic. This gap creates an urgent need to address drowning as a public health issue through preventative measures. In Vietnam, it is estimated that 35 people lose their life to preventable drowning daily. Swim for Life Vietnam is a Golden West Humanitarian Foundation program that stays true to the overarching mission of ‘Saving lives,’ hence our commitment to making an impact in the important work of drowning prevention.
In 2015, the program was started by working collaboratively with our local partners, specifically the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Education and Training, and two primary schools located in the north-central province of Quang Binh. In its first year, we trained close to 500 primary school children to swim. We have now just re-opened our pools for the second season, and we anticipate over 430 children will take part in the program’s first course ending in mid-June. We are on track for over 1,200 children to graduate from our program by the season’s end, and are looking to expand the program to include broad community awareness as well as water safety education in schools.
We are able to do this life-saving work because of private donors like you. For as little as an $11 recurring monthly donation, you can support a class of 6 students to participate in the program. If you are interested in supporting the Swim for Life program or being a lead donor on our new programming, please click here to learn more or contact us today by sending mail to swim (at) goldenwesthf.org.