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Plans for Children's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Program for 2022

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

Unfortunately, the schools where we conduct our CWSDPP remain closed due to Covid-19. Since we are a school-based program, we have not been able to teach survival swimming and water safety this month, but there is still some good news to report for April.

We just learned from the health nurse at the Wat Suan Dok School that their plan is to reopen on Tuesday, May 17. (Monday, May 16, is the holiday for Visikha Bucha, which is Sunday, May 15; the day Buddhists reflect on the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha). We believe reopening on May 17 is also the plan for the municipal schools. So, our 4th and 5th -graders will be back in our survival swim and water safety classes soon.

After a careful budget analysis and some generous contributions from our loyal donors, both individuals and foundations, we now plan to teach all 4th-graders at the eleven municipal schools and the Wat Suan Dok School AND all 5th-graders at those schools who missed their lessons last year due to Covid-related school closures!

More promising news: at our Phrao Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program we are exploring funding sources to teach all 4th-graders and 5th-graders, who missed last year. We are cautiously optimistic that this will be possible.

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the generous support of our partners, sponsors and donors, so below 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.

Special thanks, also, to individual donors Richard Murray and an anonymous donor, and for the continued support from Ian Bushell. If you wish to help, please contact Project Champion John Schorr at for more information.

CMIRC Member Volunteer Hours for the Month of April: Total: 16 (Chair: 10, Committee Members: 5, Volunteers: 1).

CMIRC Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Team and Sponsors:


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