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Africa Swim Outreach Volunteer

$3,660 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 13 months
Help Save Lives in Africa!

The end of the summer is always bittersweet for me.  As kids go back to school and swimming lesson chaos settles down, I transition into fall with a fresh perspective thinking, “What’s next? Who needs my skills?”

So there I am- contemplating the next step, when I receive an e-mail asking me to go to Uganda for Africa Water Safety Outreach 2017, an initiativej aimed at sharing Water Safety Education and Drowning Prevention in Africa.


As I drink my purified spring water, I read that 95% of children fetch water for their home livelihood from valley dams, open wells, rivers, lakes and other open water sources. In 97% of African districts, children cross rivers and other water bodies as they walk to school. They are exposed to drowning risks every day.
They asked for help from Face in Water. I know the World Health Organization Drowning Statistics. This breaks my heart. What can I do?

Feeling at least a little useful, I tell them I can send swimming and water safety curriculum for the event. They thank me and tell me more about the event:
– 9 African countries are attending the outreach
– 300 children will learn how to swim
– 50 adults will learn to swim and be trained as swim instructors

Then they ask me the perfect question at the perfect time…
“Can you or a member of your organization be able to travel to Africa to help?” 
 

Uhhhhh…no! Yes? Yes! How can I say no? Here I am looking for purpose and it came right to me. If there is one thing I can help with, it is teaching children how to swim and training instructors.

I think of these sweet children, making their way to Lake Victoria so they can provide water for the family. I think of the kids walking miles to school because their desire to learn is strong enough to cross rivers. Because water and education are valued.

I ask about funding for the long trip to Africa. They explain that I will need to be a volunteer, as they are fundraising to provide accommodations for the 50 Instructor Trainees so they don’t have to canoe 30+ miles daily for the training. I laugh to myself about my first-world problems and assure them that I will be there. Especially if someone is willing to canoe 30 miles a day to learn from me!

Face in Water (501c3) is sending me to Uganda, Africa September 30. It’s the next logical step. I can change drowning statistics. I don’t have much time, but I know I can do this with some help. Just a share or a like or a forward. Advice on traveling in Africa. Positive vibes and thoughtful prayers. Mosquito repellent. Anything and everything helps. All donations are tax-deductible. 
Thank you.

Every donation helps!This is a VOLUNTEER effort, so money raised will cover travel expenses, preparations, accomodations and food.
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The work we did in Uganda continues... I still can’t believe that in just one week we made such an impact on the Ssese Island Community. The adults that we taught take their responsibilities seriously to pay the knowledge forward.

Part 2 of my Uganda Be Kidding Me blog series is up:
http://learntoswimtoday.com/uganda-part-two/

Sad news- A young man lost his life while practicing in Lake Victoria. Kalangala only has 3 pools and they are private, targeting hotel guests. The lake is the main source to learn swimming from volunteer coaches or on their own. He was planning to teach a group of kids at the pool this week. The community is devastated but realizes how important swimming and water skills are. RIP Wasswa
Swimmers listen to instructors
Mini swim meet
RIP Wasswa
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Happy New Year! The stories of new swim programs forming throughout the Ssese Islands in Uganda continue to impress me. I'm so proud of our incredible trainees who have taken their skills to the next level.

Now that 2018 is here, I am preparing for future outreach programs throughout the world. But, I thought I should share my full experience about Uganda first. This is the first of a series of posts about the life-changing trip:
http://learntoswimtoday.com/uganda-part-one/
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This is SO amazing! One of the trainees from our Uganda Outreach was in a serious boating accident. He helped save all 13 other people onboard with the swimming and lifesaving skills that we taught him - nobody died
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Well, I've been back for over a month and am still in awe of what an incredible trip I had! Here's a link to a recent article about the trip from United States Masters Swimming:
http://www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay.php?aid=3411

Kalanga Island Water Safety Outreach
I had 37 adults in the baby pool
Conquering fear together
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$3,660 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 13 months
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