Every year more than 12,000 children die from drowning in Bangladesh.
Help us build a swimming pool so we can teach essential swimming and
life saving skills to our community.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of child deaths in Bangladesh. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 43% of the total number of children’s deaths in Bangladesh occurred due to drowning.
Dhaka Tribune (2nd April, 2021)
A 10m x 3m pool will be built behind our new school
Our goal is to build a pool to teach swimming to children and adults from our local community. In addition, we also plan to teach rescue and first aid skills to adults so that they can be prepared should they ever need to help a child in trouble.
A pond opposite CAFFE's new school
In addition to teaching swimming, we will also work with the community to raise awareness about water safety. We will support initiatives such as building fences around open ponds as well as creating low cost life saving equipment to be stationed near bodies of water.
We will use CAFFE's old temporary school as a daycare centre
Many child drownings occur when children are unsupervised. Research has shown that daycare provision is also highly effective at preventing drowning. CAFFE plans to open a small daycare centre for pre-school children. This will be a place where children can play with fun & educational toys they do not have access to at home, as well as listen to stories and looking at books.
What will it cost?
Swimming pools are not common in Bangladesh. They are often found in luxury hotels and while there are a few public pools, a lot of these are in the capital city, Dhaka.
We will need £10,000 to build our pool. This includes preparing the ground behind the school; constructing the pool as well as installing the pumps and filters. We will also need to pay for the workers to come from Dhaka to Sylhet and stay in Sylhet during the construction as there are no local companies providing this service.
Who will be helped?
The pool will not just be there for the students at CAFFE. We will invite other local schools and charity organisations to use the pool under our supervision. We estimate we can train at least 300 children per year to swim. We then aim to train another 100 teenagers and adults in life saving and first aid.
In addition to this we hope to improve fencing around as many local ponds as possible (although this will depend on co-operation from local land owners)
Our daycare centre will be able to accommodate 24 pre-school children per day. Providing both education as well as supervision to keep children safe when parents are at work.
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