Industry Sector: NGO
WATER SAFETY VIETNAM (WSV), is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, which was formed when a group of experienced swimming and water safety personnel became aware of the extremely high rate of deaths by drowning in Vietnam.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death among children over the age of one. In Vietnam this figure is estimated to be in excess of 35 children per day.
In 2011 two Water Safety Vietnam committee members went to Vietnam, to attend an international conference on the problem and to assess and assist with the programs currently in place. Following their visit, WSV delivered a pilot Learn to Swim and Water Safety Program in two provinces in Vietnam. These programs were delivered by suitably qualified AUSTSWIM personnel with Vietnamese swim teachers assisting with instruction.
In 2015, we have now expanded the program into 5 provinces in Vietnam where our aim is to educate children about the dangers near water. By teaching them to float and swim, we aim to significantly reduce the drowning death rate in Vietnam.
In order that our programs are sustainable we have trained a number of local Vietnamese men and women who have become AUSTSWIM qualified teachers and are continuing to carry out our work as we move onto new areas. Our Train the Trainer Program is conducted annually at the Hong Bang University International in HCMC and is part of the instruction for all Physical Education graduates.
Our Directors and Committee Members are responsible for fundraising and encouraging corporate sponsorship, to enable us to continue this vital work in Vietnam.
As a not-for-profit organization, registered in Australia, all our members are volunteers. This means that every dollar donated goes directly to the funding of our programs in Vietnam. In addition, we supply swim equipment and bathers for the children, many who come from very disadvantaged families.
Water Safety Vietnam Ltd. is a registered company and Australian Charity, ACN 148.965.904.
More information can be found on our website www.watersaftyvietnam.com