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Zanzibar: NGO Helps Kids Get Serious about Their Swimming

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The WHO estimates over 370,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. And while water is an...

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While most boys in the village of Kendwa, Zanzibar, attain basic swimming skills by the age of 10, knowing how to survive in water is not as common.

With sponsorship from the UK charity Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a local NGO, the Panje Project, has been providing aquatic survival training to children in Nungwi since 2013. Now the program is expanding, and on the first day of training for kids from Kilindi Primary School in neighboring village Kendwa, the 38 boys were quick to hand in permission slips and change into swim uniforms provided by the organization. The first session was a primer on all things water safety.

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