Swimming for Safety in 2016

2016 has been a great year for Swimming for Safety! Under our continued collaboration with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA/NAV) and the Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA), this year we trained:

101 Teachers
1,748 Students

In total, we’ve helped train over 9,000 children and qualified over 400 teachers since we began SFS in 2011.

Swimming for Safety trains local teacher’s to become swimming teachers. They then go on to teach children in their community water safety awareness, land-based rescue and swimming skills, keeping them safe around water. In Vietnam, an estimated 32 children drown every day.

Since October in 2016, repeated flooding in the center of Vietnam has cost over 100 lives. A lot of work is still needed to build community resilience to extreme weather.

We are planning to continue to expand the Swimming for Safety initiative in 2017. You can help support our valuable programme by making a donation.

Thank you.

#stopdrowning #drowningprevention #Vietnam #flood #swimmingforsafety

Run the Brighton Chicken Run for Hue Help!

Chicken RunHue Help has places in the Brighton Chicken Run! This is an exciting fun run event that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Hue Help is lucky enough to have charity places available giving our supporters the chance to take part!

Event: Brighton Chicken Run
Date / Time: 20th March 2016 – 10AM
Location: Hove Park, Brighton and Hove
Event Type: 5km Run (as a chicken!)

What does entry include?
In addition to a sense of achievement and a great time, entrance to the Brighton Chicken Run will get you:Brighton Chicken Run

  • Your own chicken costume!
  • A finisher medal
  • An Easter egg for finishers
  • A Nando’s goody bag, including a ‘half chicken’ voucher
  • One week free membership with British Military Fitness!

Interested in taking part?
We do not charge any fees to have one of our charity places in this event, but we do ask that you raise a minimum of £100. Hue Help uses the JustGiving service to help supporters create fundraising pages – and we’ll even throw in a Hue Help t-shirt as well!

If you are interested in taking part please contact us and we will get you signed up. We look forward to seeing you there!

Further Information

>> Brighton Chicken Run website

>> Brighton Chicken Run Facebook page

 

 

 

Making Swimming for Safety sustainable…

Swimming for Safety in low resource settings

In the UK, children tend to learn to swim in swimming pools. The benefits of this are obvious – they are clean, warm and controlled environments. In low resource rural environments, access to swimming pools isn’t usually readily available. However, we know the risk of drowning in low resource settings is higher than in higher income countries. To combat this, Hue Help’s Swimming for Safety initiative teaches children to swim in open water environments.

Implementing sustainable solutions is a key aim of all of our initiatives. Swimming for Safety is no different – so we have to makes sure that we provide our school teachers with equipment and resources that are appropriate to the local environment but also fit for purpose. Our swimming sites use a system of basic nets, buoys and anchors to mark out safe zones for children to swim in. All of these items can be obtained locally at very low cost, which will help to ensure that schools can continue to teach their children to swim without relying on external support in the future!

To date, Swimming for Safety has trained over 7,800 children in water safety awareness, basic swimming skills and land based rescue skills across 3 provinces in Vietnam.

Summer activities at Hue Children’s Shelter!

From 21st-22nd July 2015, Hue Help organised a summer trip for the kids and the staff at Hue Children Shelter to Da Nang City and Hoi An Ancient Town. The bus picked everybody up at the shelter in the morning and the kids were really excited. Some of them woke up at 5 a.m in the morning just to check the luggage that they prepared couple days ago for the trip! The first stop was Ngu Hanh Son,  on the way from Da Nang to Hoi An. The kids were very interested in climbing to the top of Ngu Hanh Son mable mountain even though it was high with a lot of steps. They enjoyed the beautiful temples, caves and the sights up there. Leaving the first stop, we kept going to Hoi An, checked in hotel, had lunch together and took a rest before visiting the ancient town. A tour guide told the children about the history of Hoi An and the stories about Chua Cau Japanese bridge, ancient houses of Hoi An… After a tour around this beautiful old town, we got in the bus to An Bang beach. The children played some games and swam at the beach under supervising of adults. They were happy to swim with Celeste, the coordinator of Swimming for Safety. Leaving the beach, we had dinner at a Hoi An garden dinner with the delicious foods of Hoi An. Then, we walked or cycled to discovery Hoi An by night. Some of the kids were back to the hotel and kept swimming at the little pool at the hotel.

We woke up quite early for the next day to have breakfast at the hotel before going to Da Nang city to visit Son Tra peninsula with the huge Linh Ung pagoda. From here, we could see all Da Nang city view. It was very amazing with all the kids. Then, we got in the car back to Hue and had lunch in a beautiful restaurant next to Lang Co beach.

All the chidren looked rather sleepy after having an over excited time. They really had an amazing summer trip this year!

Give a little more this Christmas… for free!

Christmas is a busy time of year. Many people will be shopping online this Christmas, buying gifts for friends and family. At Hue Help, we have partnered with Give As You Live. Give As You Live allows you to shop online from over 3,000 retailers, but send money to Hue Help at the same time! All you need to do is sign up and follow the simple instructions. There is no cost to you, but it can help make a huge difference to the people we work with in Vietnam.

Sign up here and help make a difference this Christmas!