Unfortunately, due to the continued resurgence of Covid-19 in Thailand, municipal schools were closed for the month of October, and it looks like they will continue to be closed in Chiang Mai Province for in-class learning in much of the month of November as well. Since our Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program is school-based in Chiang Mai and in Phrao, we have had to suspend our programs until schools reopen for in-class learning. We look forward to being back in our swimming pools with the 4th-graders hopefully in December, at least in Chiang Mai where our partner Bronco Kids Sport Club has a heated indoor pool for our swim classes. Our swim teachers are ready to go and we have purchased all the needed equipment, so we are hopeful we can still complete the program for all of our 4th-graders in Chiang Mai, Phrao, and the Banya Migrant Learning Centre during the 2021-2022 school year!
In spite of the temporary setbacks associated with the pandemic and the measures taken to counter its spread, we at the CMIRC CWSDPP continue to spread the word about water safety to other Rotary Clubs and NGO’s in Thailand. On October 26, our committee, and our partner organization in Phrao gave a presentation on establishing and running a children’s water safety program to the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin (RCRHH) based in the beach resort city of Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The response to the idea was positive and RCRHH President Phil Lawrence will bring the idea of establishing a swim program to his RCRHH Board at its next meeting. We hope we will have the opportunity to work with them on this project should they choose to go forward with it.
For those who would like to see the steps involved in establishing a children’s water safety and drowning prevention program, please click on this link to the PowerPoint presentation we used for our RCRHH presentation: Click Here
If you wish to help, please contact Project Champion John Schorr at email@example.com for more information.
CMIRC Member Volunteer Hours for the Month of October: 16 (Chair, 10, Committee Members, 6).
We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the generous support of our partners, sponsors and donors, so here is a list of these generous organizations! This year we want to especially thank them for their patience as we have faced so many delays.
CMIRC Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Team and Sponsors: