With six children in Cambodia drowning each day, we quickly identified the nation as a key focus area for Swim Generation in an effort to help eliminate the 2,000 water-related deaths that occur each year.
Of all children over the age of four who have lost their lives in water, an alarming 95 per cent were unable to survive because they had never learned to swim, highlighting the huge importance of providing access to swimming lessons.
That’s why we partnered with SWIM Cambodia, a charity with a focus of ending child drowning in Cambodia. The organisation works to train and equip Cambodian volunteers to provide essential education to children, and in November 2016, Speedo joined forces with them to train teachers from the iCAN British International School in water safety and CPR skills.
Our newly qualified volunteer SWIM Trainers have already made a big impact in the months that have followed.
Having delivered lessons in Phnom Penh and two villages in Prey Veng province, in just three days they trained 270 people (177 children and 93 adults) from local communities.
It’s a fact that really drives home the significance of providing training, and developing the water safety champions of the future. By equipping six volunteers with the knowledge they need to spread the word, hopefully some potential deaths in water can now be avoided
But the work doesn’t end there.
2017 is seeing continued progress, with plans in place to train Youth Star volunteers to teach water safety and CPR in Prey Veng and Kampong Thom provinces. The SWIM trainers will also teach children who live in the beach areas of Sihanoukville with M’lop Tapang.
With this continued effort, we’re hopeful that we can help deliver a vast reduction in avoidable deaths across Cambodia in the years to come.
Drowning facts for Cambodia*:
Safety: 270 more people safe
Livelihoods: 6 teachers trained
To find out more about SWIM Cambodia visit: http://www.safetywhenitmatters.org/
*Source 2007 Cambodia Accident and Injury Survey(CAIS)