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The Sri Lanka Women's Swimming Project

Charity description

The World Health Organization reports that more than one million people drown globally every year; the majority of women in Asia are non-swimmers; the Sri Lanka Women's Swimming Project gives the life skill of free swimming lessons to women and teenage girls and, free formal training for the most suited individuals to qualify them as Community Swimming Teachers to internationally recognised standards, thus enabling them to earn a living at home and abroad by teaching
further people to swim and be safe in water; all the women who learn to
swim experience greatly increased self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, mental health and fitness.

FonfeĀ“ founded the charity after the Asian Tsunami of 2004, where 80% of
casualties were women and children. Despite living in hot humid conditions,
rural and coastal women in Asia traditionally due not swim. Christina teaches Float-and-Breathe
first, followed by swim strokes. No student is considered safe until they can
jump into deep water, submerge completely, come to the surface, float calmly on
their backs for 10 minutes, swim a 100 metres in any style, without touching
pool sides or bottom, and climb out of deep water to receive their
icanswimcanyou certificate. Few of our students have been in a swimming pool
before, so initial instruction is always One-on-One, with the teacher in the
water until they can instinctively achieve an indefinite back-float in the water.
They are then taught stroke synchronized with breathing to become safe,
efficient, splash-free swimmers. All donations go to paying our local swimming
teachers, whom we had to teach to swim first.

Charity No: 1129236

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