About the project

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children drown in developing countries, especially in Asia. Child drowning in Cambodia a country crisscrossed by rivers, canals, rice paddies, and other water sources, is estimated to 5 dead children per day (Drowning Mortality Rate, 2015, Cambodia:11.9 every 100.000 population, WHO), however due to the difficulties to collect data, the number can be much higher.

Children, aged 1-4, make up nearly half of all child drownings in the country.  Toddlers are more likely to wander off while their mothers are busy with household chores.  Another key risk factor is that toddlers can drown in a bucket or any other small amount of unattended water.

Only few children older than five can swim. The large majority cannot swim and young school aged children (5 to 9 years old), account for more than one out of three child drownings in Asia. In the target area, drowning was one of the leading cause of death for children of this age, and the majority of children older than 4 who drowned could not swim. Swimming becomes more critical for children at this age, who are more adventurous. Barriers or supervision alone will not stop them exploring water.

Most of the schools where we work are by the sea or very close to rivers. Together with Safety When It Matters (SWIM Cambodia),  we have started teaching (water safety and first aid) to prevent drownings for children.

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Where we work

Sihanouk Province e Kampot Province, Cambodia


85.000 €


3.000 children and youth (aged 6-16, 50% female)
200 parents (preferably the same families of the trained children and youth)
200 children and youth are trained to swim in open water (aged 6-16)

Indirect Beneficiaries

500 people participating in the events and awareness session in Child Drowning Prevention

General objective
Reducing number of drowning in children (aged 1-12) in Cambodia.

Specific objective
Setting up effective drowning awareness and prevention measures.

Expected results

Communities are aware of the drowning risk and take preventive actions. Children trained to survival swim and safety in water. Parents and teachers have acquired first aid skills. Safety water trainers are equipped to perform swimming classes.

Project Partners
6 schools in Sihanoukville and Kampong Chhnang Province (5 schools in Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloe island)
SWIM Cambodia
Save Marine Cambodian Life
Swim Sardinia / Bewater

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