The training programme lasted for one month, from 12 July to 18 August, for 110 children living in five orphanages: Xuan Thuy, An Tay, ThuyXuan, Nguyen Trai and Hue Children’s Center. The children were taught basic swimming techniques and survival skills for when they have fallen in water. The programme’s goals were to improve the children’s health while also reducing the rate of drowning for children, which is a very serious issue in Vietnam.
By the end of the month it was clear the programme was a success! According to the results of the final assessment, 85% of the participating children now have basic swimming skills and 70% of children mastered the breast-stroke technique.
At the closing ceremony, we also organized a swimming competition for the children to show-off their new skills and to have some fun with each other. Xuan Phu orphanage won the first prize!
– Khanh Truong