Project Uganda 2014, the multi-agency collaborative effort to educate Ugandans on the importance of lifeguards, water safety, and drowning prevention, wraps up today. The long term effects from Project Uganda 2014 are unknown, but it is clear that it is possible to have an impact in a country where the drowning is the leading cause of accidental death, and the country’s drowning rate is among the highest in the world.
SAI is not new to partnering with agencies to strive towards the goal of reducing the drowning rate in Uganda. SAI has partnered with The Dive Spot to implement the Saving Waters program in Uganda. In 2014, J and Lorraine Wilson, of The Dive Spot in Abilene, TX, traveled to Uganda to provide swim lessons and education to almost 500 children and adults over the course of four days. The swim lessons focused on providing the children and adults with skills to lower their risk of drowning, as well as helping the children and adults become more acclimated with the water.
Watch the video below from J and Lorraine Wilson about the Saving Waters program and the excitement over learning to swim in Uganda.
Saving Waters from Lifeguards Without Borders on Vimeo.