More & More Children Learn Survival Swimming & Water Safety

Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) - Kru Payu and Safe Child Thailand Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program (CWSDPP)

Sponsored By CMIRC, The Swiss Lanna Society, The Safe Child Thailand Foundation, the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy, and the Thai Thaim Foundation/Rotary Club of Park Rapids, Minnesota, USA

February Report

To start the new year, we recognized students who have completed our Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention courses over the past six months. This year we had a ceremony for 110 - 4th graders at the Ban Chaeng Khu Ruang Elementary School in Phrao and a ceremony for 151 - 4th graders at the Wat Pha Paeng School in Chiang Mai. A total of 261 children in six months at our programs in Chiang Mai Province alone. This year we will approach 2,500 children taught survival swimming and water safety in the four years we have been in operation nationwide!

Swiss Lanna Society

Our Chiang Mai Program has been fully funded by the Swiss Lanna Society Chiang Mai for the first 6 months of this year! They came out in force for the certificate ceremony for the 151 children on January 30 at the Wat Pha Pang School. The children came to the assembly from six Chiang Mai municipal schools to receive their Rotary course completion certificates, a Rotary Medal, a red Swiss cap, and a Swiss flag pin! Usually the medals are the biggest hit, but this time the Swiss hats won the popularity contest with the kids!

In addition to Swiss Lanna Society (SLS) President Eveline Willi and Swiss Honorary Consul Marc Dumur there were six other SLS members present to help with the awards and from the Chiang Mai Municipality, Mr. Soontorn Yamsiri, Deputy Mayor of Chiang Mai Municipality and Mr. Suraphon Phububpha, Deputy Municipal Clerk of Chiang Mai Municipality. We really appppreciate all the support our CSWDPP has received from the highest officials in the Chiang Mai Municipality.