AusCham is delighted to welcome Golden West Humanitarian Foundation as a NGO member in 2017/18
The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a United States based, non-profit charity dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community.
Our mission is to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of men, women and children residing in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance, through the development of innovative and practical materials and technologies designed to combat these life threatening munitions.We fulfil this mission guided by the core values of innovation, forethought, partnership, appropriateness, impact and affordability. Our vision is of a world one step closer to peace and prosperity where mankind lives in an environment free of explosive remnants of war.
With an abundance of combined experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), engineering, training, chemistry, and geo-physics, Golden West personnel are highly qualified to effectively improve the operational efficacy of the organizations working to rid the planet of the deadly Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
By working collaboratively with governments, the UN, National Mine Action Centers and NGOs, we address the needs of the mine action community and strive to ensure the widest dissemination and use of the innovative systems we develop in order to save lives.
In 2014 Golden West was asked to start a drowning prevention program in Quang Binh Province due to very high drowning rates. At that time we began partnering with the Department of Education and Training and built two portable pools and pool houses in two primary schools; one in the city and one in a more rural community.
In 2015 we ran our learn-to-swim program – we trained 19 swim instructors and taught over 400 children to swim. In 2016, we increased the number of students who learned to swim by 400%. Additionally in 2016, we added a classroom-based water safety education program in which ALL primary schools participated. We trained 419 educators from each of the schools and presented to 72,000 children in Quang Binh. We also started a Broad Community Awareness Program and to this point we have had 4 radio and TV shows aired through partnership with Quang Binh Radio & TV. In addition to our 3 programs we are engaged in advocacy work through developing a policy brief for the prime minister to advise on drowning prevention at a national level. We are also collaborating with Indiana University and other global drowning prevention experts to conduct a research project, evaluating the effectiveness of our programs.
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