‘Save the Children’, the international non-governmental organization headquartered in the UK, yesterday donated a mobile swimming pool to two schools in Nha Be District, one of the vulnerable areas to floods in Ho Chi Minh City.
The junior high school Hiep Phuoc and the primary school Nguyen Van Tao nearby in Hiep Phuoc Commune are the beneficiaries of the pool, which is meant to help thousands of local school children train swimming.
Speaking at the receiving ceremony, Nguyen Thi Hieu, the principal of the Hiep Phuoc school, said, “We have desired for the swimming pool for a long time, especially after one of our pupils died last year for being drowned in a shrimp pond.”
“My pupils had to bike 20km to learn swimming at the nearest swimming pool here,” she added.
The pool and relevant equipment, with a total cost of VND75 million (US$3,600), is part of the US$49,600 project entitled ‘Improving children and their families’ resilience to natural disasters in Vietnam’.
Besides Nha Be, the project also covers two other communes of My Thanh Bac and My Hanh Trung in Cai Lay District of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Not only teaching swimming, the project is designed to raise awareness and capacity for local communities in facing natural disasters including flood.
FamilyMart is one of the sponsors of the project.
It is estimated that at least 2,000 children aged from 5-14 and 5,600 others of the communities benefit from the project.
A survey showed that children make up 90 percent of the total fatality cases for natural disasters in the Mekong Delta in the 2011 flood season.