SWIM Cambodia is working with the following partner organisations:
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iCAN is an International School based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. SWIM Cambodia has trained a team of seven Cambodian staff members at iCAN in the delivery of Water Safety and CPR (with rescue breaths) as part of the Aquatic Survival Programme. So far the Cambodian (Khmer) SWIM trainers have taught children and adults in Phnom Penh, Prey Veng provinces. This year we will also be teaching communities in more provinces, in Kampong Thom and Kampong Sowm. Our Khmer SWIM Trainers advise us in the design of teaching resources used. We have trained the SWIM trainers in basic monitoing and evaluation to measure children’s water risk and measure their Water Safety knowledge. iCAN school staff and parents have supported us through fundraising through their annual Mekong River Swim.
Youth Star recruits, trains and coaches Cambodian graduates, who spend a year volunteering in under-served rural areas of the country. Here they live as part of the community, teaching children, founding youth clubs, providing health education and increasing female youth participation. They help the community to help itself by transferring their skills and being positive role models for young people to develop their own abilities and confidence. SWIM will train a cohort of Youth Star volunteers in the delivery of water safety education, CPR and safe rescue skills to local communities in Prey Veng and Kampong Thom provinces.
The Aquatic Survival programme teaches water safety and survival swimming to children by training local teachers to deliver these vital lessons. This collaborative programme includes input from the RNLI, Nile Swimmers, UK Sport, the Swimming Teachers’ Association and Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth to develop a swim-survival programme specifically for low resource countries. The ASP manual is being translated, tested and adapted by Khmer teachers for use in Cambodia. SWIM Cambodia sits on the Aquatic Survival steering group. Here we learn best practice for working in low resource countries and give monitoring and evaluation feedback from our work as well as learning from the Khmer trainers and advisors.