Coming to Vietnam in 1968 as a young soldier was not a very pleasant experience I might say! As the years passed, I found that war experience most unsettling and for some strange reason felt as though I wanted to contribute something here. But what? On returning as a tourist many years later and observing the vast amount of water here with the ubiquitous river systems canals and various waterways, coupled with the South China Sea covering the Eastern seaboard, it was no wonder that many lives are lost through drowning. Sadly, and disturbingly some 3.500-4000 children drown annually. I had been introduced to My Huong several years ago, and approached her regarding starting a swimming program during the school holiday period. I was a Physical Education teacher many years ago, and thought to re employ the old skills. With My Huong’s sanction, we commenced the program last year. The children’s expressions of joy and happiness at learning, and gaining their water confidence is most gratifying and rewarding. They seem to enjoy it so much, least of all to cool down on a hot day! The objective of the program is to give them a practical life skill, in being drown proof. Many of the children have become quite proficient with the various strokes taught, but the most pleasing aspect is they can all keep their heads above water. Ian Dimond September 2015
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven"
Henry Ward Beecher, reverand and social activist