In Vietnam, the Ministry of Health estimates that 10 children drown per day. This figure is higher than the number of children being killed in road accidents.
Back in 2014, as part of our charity program, AusCham raised $12,000 for Swim Vietnam. Swim Vietnam is a charity based in Hoi An which provides free swimming and water safety lessons to children and trains local adults as swimming teachers.
Yesterday, AusCham’s Executive Director, Phil Johns, together with Rowan Luke from the Commonwealth Bank (Bronze Sponsor of AusCham) met with Swim Vietnam’s Mr Trung Doan Minh in Hoi An.
Mr Trung took Phil and Rowan to three of Swim Vietnam’s seven centres in and around Hoi An. Swimming programs were running in all centres which train approximately 700 children per annum to the level where they can swim 25 metres and tread water for two minutes.
So far, more than 10,000 kids have undertaken the program. This year, another 4,000 are expected to complete the course.
At each of the three centres visited, the amount of energy and excitement was incredible. The kids were so excited to be learning to swim. The instructors were focussed and professional. The buoyant mood facilitated the learning and replaced any fear of the water with measured confidence.
AusCham congratulates Swim Vietnam on the amazing work it is doing in central Vietnam. Swim Vietnam’s work is not only saving young lives but, judging from the positive energy in each of the swimming pools, it is also enriching young lives.
- Results of AusCham’s 2014 fundraising for Swim Vietnam. Click here.
- Swim Vietnam’s website. Click here.
- “Swim Vietnam teaches its 10,000th child to swim”. Click here.
- Rowan Luke is the Treasurer of the Vietnam Swans which has been raising funds for Swim Vietnam since 2011 when it raised $25,000 at a Swing to Swim Charity Golf Day as well as its ANZAC Friendship Match.
- For more photos of Phil and Rowan’s visit to Swim Vietnam yesterday, click here.
- Water Safety Vietnam is another member of AusCham and runs swimming programs in Vung Tau and Ho Tram.
Recent drownings of children reported in Thanh Nien News
- 28 July, 2015. Two students dead after reservoir release swept them away. “A sightseeing trip is southern Vietnam turned tragic on Sunday after two teenagers were swept away by water discharge at a reservoir in southern Vietnam.”
- 28 July, 2015. Man dies after falling from waterfall in central Vietnam. “His friends said he slipped and fell. He could not swim and quickly drowned.”
- 24 July 2015. Three siblings, aged 8 to 11, drown when looking for food in southern Vietnam. “A boy and his twin sisters drowned while trying to catch crabs near their home in Ba Ria Vung Tau on July 22… In related news, two ninth graders drowned on Thursday while swimming in the Vach Bac River in Nghe An Province.”
- 14 July, 2015. 2 tourists drown in rescue attempt in famous stream outside Da Lat. “Two people drowned in a stream in Lam Dong Province on Monday after they tried to save one of their friends who fell into the cold water.”
- 11 July, 2015. Man, daughter drowned as large wave hits beach. “A man and his 22-year-old daughter drowned when a large wave hit a tourist beach in southern Vietnam Friday. Rescuers could only manage to save his 12-year-old son.”
- 7 July, 2015. 3 girls, aged 4 to 7, drown in central Vietnam pond. “Three little girls aged 4 to 7 drowned on Tuesday afternoon after falling into a small pond in the central province of Nghe An.”
- 6 July 2015, Woman blown away by strong winds, drowns in HCMC stream: police. “Heavy rains and strong winds on Sunday night in Ho Chi Minh City caused the death of a female bicycle rider and into a stream where high water and strong currents may have made it impossible for her to swim.”
- 3 July, 2015. 3 sisters drown in central Vietnam pond. “A young couple in the Central Highlands fainted when they saw the bodies of all their three daughters, who drowned in a pond near their home on Wednesday.”
- 1 June, 2015. 1 killed in Da Lat as heavy rain causes flash flood. “Tran Van Dinh, 68, slipped when he was working with some others to clear garbage that had been pushed around and onto a bridge by a two-hour downpour, blocking traffic.”
- 22 June, 2015. 6 Vietnamese children die in separate drownings in one weekend. “Four teenage girls may have slipped from a water pipeline while trying to cross a stream. Two young boys died in a pond trying to catch fish.”
- 20 June, 2015. 3 kids drown while bathing in Hanoi river. “Two boys and a girl drowned while bathing in a river in Hanoi on Thursday.”
- 26 May, 2015. 14 children drown in Vietnam province this month: officials. “Most of the cases occurred during weekends, when the children were trying to cool off in rivers and ponds, officials said.”
- 21 May, 2015. Four children drown in a stream in southern Vietnam. “Four children aged 8 to 14 drowned in a stream in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province on May 19, apparently when swimming after school.”
Special thanks to Hoi An River Beach Resort
AusCham would like to thank AusCham Member, Hoi An River Beach Resort & Residences for providing accommodation for our Executive Director while he was in Hoi An.
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