Swim Mission: Honduras- Feb 25 2018

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Raised by 24 people in 7 months
February 25-March 3, 2018

Alissa Magrum:  I  "do" water safety and drowning prevention 365 days a year in my role as Executive Director of Colin's Hope but in recent months, I have been inspired to DO more giving back on my own time -- off the Colin's Hope clock.  Service and volunteering have always been my thing. I grew up doing service first with my family- then going on mission trips with my youth group, leading alternative Spring Break trips in college and even a year of full time service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Oklahoma.  I have now spent the last 20 years in the non-profit world and most of my volunteer hours have gone directly into my work.  Sure, I always get in  volunteer hours here and there, but it never seemed enough. Something was missing. 

Last year I allowed myself to start dreaming. I wanted to take my water safety knowledge and experience to places and children around the world (specifically places with beaches). I wrote some things down in my journal and began building a vision in my head of going on Swim Missions.  I imagined it would take a few years to plan and time to save the money to embark on the mission but I knew that if I dreamed it, I could make it happen. 

THEN Kim happened. We were thrown together on a water safety panel at the Safe Kids Worldwide Conference and over coffee or drinks or maybe both-- started dreaming and visioning together. Dreaming of how we could both do Swim Missions. Kim is the in-the- water guru and will train me to be her mini guru. I have a wealth of out-of-water safety education experience and resources (thank you Colin's Hope). Together we would make a great team...in a year or so...we thought. 

Immediately after our talk, Kim got the opportunity to go to Uganda to teach swimming and water safety! And I ended up with one of my BFF's- Renee, my 12 year old daughter- Ella and some friends doing Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston. That weekend inspired me to get back to my service roots and do some deeper volunteer work. 

A few months passed and Renee texts me from Honduras where she is on a Medical Mission. She says there is a Children's Center and a bi-lingual school connected to the hospital where she is serving and the Director wants me to come do water safety with the kids.  Oh yeah, how about at the end of February when she is going back for another stint in the hospital. (This was a little faster timeline than I was planning in my head). A quick peek at the calendar (TOTALLY CLEAR) and a quick text to Kim to see if she would come with me (SHE SAYS SHE IS IN) and we are suddenly going to Honduras on our first Swim Mission!!   We hope that this will be the first of many trips and we are ready and willing and embracing this journey.  Many who know me, know that I live by the saying, "Trust the Process", and that is what we are doing.

Kim Shults: My Swim Missions started a few months ago in Africa. I cannot wait to join forces with Alissa. Look out world! See my story here:    http://gofundme.com/swimafrica

Please support our Swim Mission however you are able- a donation to help offset the costs, supplies for the trip and kind, supportive cheerleading are all accepted. Most importantly, please share our story and raise awareness about the importance of swimming and water safety. We promise to chronicle our journey with videos, pictures and social media posts so that you can follow along. We know that we will make an incredible difference and we will have fun doing it.  Thanks for your support- it truly means a lot!

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Hi everyone!
We have some exciting news! We will be returning in the spring for Swim Mission: Honduras Part 2, and in the meantime have been corresponding with Judy, the head of the Children's Center in Honduras, to assess the needs of the children. As a result, we have started the Honduras "Happy Holidays" Project. We can't wait to make the holidays special for them. If you would like to participate, we will have everything ready to go by September 1 so we can ship the gifts to Honduras to arrive in December. Read more about it here... https://learntoswimtoday.com/honduras-holiday-fundraiser/

Thanks for being part of our adventure :)
Best Day Ever!
Kim, Alissa and Renee
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More Thank You cards from The Children's Center in Honduras. Here's Alissa showing them to us...
More adorable Thank You cards!
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Such an awesome gift to find in my mailbox... Check out the video!
Thank you cards from Children's Center!
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Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of updates. Our trip was incredible, then we got home and got right back into the daily grind. But I've got some updates for you now...

To sum it up...Alissa and I traveled with Rene, an OB/GYN that served as a mission at the hospital there last fall. When we arrived at The Cornerstone Foundation, we visited the pool that was available for us to use. It was absolute chaos! Jack, the Monkey that lives there, was jumping from one person to another. The mission kids were all over the place – some with floaties, some without, older kids jumping on top of each other. This was a scary, but very informative experience, which allowed us to tailor our teaching to the behavior we witnessed.

We spent 7 hours a day teaching in the ocean. It was absolutely beautiful. At one point, we had 6 adults in the water (Alissa, myself, our translator and 3 teachers), each with a child ages 16 months to two years old. We were all singing The Wheels on the Bus and laughing and splashing and blowing bubbles. I did take loads of pictures and videos (almost 900!) but my camera got swept away into the ocean during the last 20 minutes ☹ Can you say heartbroken? At least it was just a camera and not a human.

Our 23 year old translator, Naun, was a natural! The children absolutely adore him and he loved working in the water with them. By the end of the first day, he had the routine down and was training other teachers. He can carry on our work there in the water- especially with the special needs children.

And the best news is…we will be returning!! We have been in touch with the Children's Center and are prioritizing needs for the kids there. One thing we are working on is getting Naun some funds to teach ($10/ day) once or twice a week. We will be supporting them throughout the year, but definitely returning for Swim Mission: Honduras (Dos!) next spring.

Here is an email we just received from the Children's Center: "I noticed such a difference in the kids and their swimming abilities, particularly Maria! In the past Maria would usually stay at the edge of the pool or play in the sand at the beach instead of getting in the water; and even when she went in the water she always needed a hand to hold. However, we could not keep her out of the water this past week! She was swimming so well, showing off how she could swim underwater, and even participating in the swimming games we had. Maria has never had this much confidence in the water and it is amazing to see the transformation! Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to help our kids!"

Needless to say, we are thrilled that we have empowered this little community and given the children confidence. We couldn't have done it without your love and support!

To our amazing supporters!
Sweet girls from the Children's Center
Our boys and our translator, Naun :)
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