On 29 June, we were invited by Dr Vu Kim Hoa, Deputy Director of the Department of Child Care and Protection. Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to share our experience of swimming and water safety work at a workshop organised in Da Nang (central Vietnam). MOLISA is tasked by the Vietnamese Prime Minister with leading efforts to reduce child drowning. Officials from national and provincial government attended plus the World Health Organisation and other water safety NGOs.
Our friends at Swim for Life / Golden West Foundation also invited us in July to their drowning prevention workshop in Quang Binh province where we presented our low resource, open water model for drowning prevention to Quang Binh officials. We also agreed to set up a “Collaborative” forum to help us work more in partnership with other INGOs given our shared objective to help reduce child drowning in Vietnam. The INGOs taking part are the AWSOM Project, Swim for Life Vietnam, Swim Vietnam, Water Safety Vietnam, We Bloom , World Vision Vietnam and Hue Help (Swimming for Safety).