February 24, 2018 Neal From

Going, Going, Back, Back, to Bali.

Well, we’re already here, and have been for some time, but hey, can’t beat that headline! Over the past 4 months, the American side of Swimdo, that is, Seamus and Dylan followed by myself and our newest team member, Andrew, have been working to develop our already blossoming swim program on-site in Keramas, Bali. As you may or may not know, we have been running Swimdo’s survival swimming program all year round thanks to the help of our local coordinators and instructors.This is a huge step for our program and the direction that we have been aiming for from day one; a program run by locals for locals. Because, that’s what we set out to do, to help inspire a grassroots movement that promotes a culture of swimming competency throughout Bali and the rest of Indonesia. And we’re doing it! As of right now, we have 4 local instructors, and 2 local coordinators that help to run and develop our current programs. With their help, the rest of our team is able to concentrate our efforts on exploring new at-risk communities, further develop our relationships with other international NGOs, apply for bigger grants, and so much more!We’re happy to announce that this year has been another record breaker in terms of fundraising. Every year we want to raise more money than we did the last, and we keep on doing it. It seems, the more people that realize what a significant and easily solved problem child drowning is, they want to get involved!All over the world, drowning is a leading cause of child mortality and almost no one knows it! Why is that you’re wondering, well, let me tell you. First of all, the majority of the child drownings that occur every year happen in super marginalized communities throughout the developing world where access to hospitals is limited and thus, most drowning deaths go undocumented. Drowning rates in these communities are so high because a lot of the time access to piped water is almost nonexistent. That means that sources of water need to be easily accessible and that means there are water hazards very close to the home. Families in these communities usually live below the poverty line so they depend on the income of both parents. This means that the supervision of young children usually falls on older children or grandparents, both of whom are not ideal child supervisors (no offense grandma). All of these factors combined increase the likelihood that a child born in one of these communities may drown.So what can we do to prevent this silent child killer? We can Swimdo. Swimdo has teamed up with organizations like The Royal Life Saving Society, AustSwim, and Ransel Buku to develop specialized curriculum and early childhood development centers to reduce the rate of child drowning in the communities we operate in. We have also begun surveying surrounding villages in Bali to identify the communities most at risk to begin developing programs there as well. We have a commitment to these communities, to the families in them, and to our team of local employees that believe so much in what we have set out to do.Every day we work to save lives. Every day we work to make the world a little bit safer for the children in it. And we couldn’t do it without all of you! So thank you so much for your continued support and for believing in all of us.Terima Kasih Banyak!-Neal