In Vietnam, it is estimated that 35 people will lose their lives to drowning each day and 11 of those will be children. Help us safeguard the lives of 700 children, by teaching them to swim in our internationally recognized 18-class survival swimming course.
Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 372,000 deaths by drowning. Over 90% of these deaths occur in low to middle income countries. Although these deaths amount to 2/3 that of malnutrition and 1/2 that of malaria, little is being done to address this public health epidemic.
Swim for Life (S4L) is a project of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, a US based charity. S4L operates 2 (soon to be 4) above ground pools in central Vietnam. We have trained 30+ Vietnamese swim instructors, and graduated nearly 2,000 children from our internationally recognized 18-class survival swimming curriculum. While we also conduct broad public awareness and have an in-classroom water safety education program, the S4L program is where donations are currently needed most.
We aim to empower Vietnamese communities to create a sustainable, long-term drowning prevention program. Together, we will build the infrastructure, train local people on an internationally recognized survival swimming curriculum, and provide employment to ensure a steady reduction in child deaths by drowning.
Learn more about our organization
World Health Organization Report on drowning
UNICEF report for drowning rates in Vietnam