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With a second boat project in progress, we have, as a joint team, decided that the time is right to add the construction of a swimming instruction center to our goals.
In Uganda, in spite of a fifth of the country being covered with water, the majority of the citizens sadly never learn to swim. Statistics about the overall traffic on Lake Bunyonyi, the area we are focusing on as HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation, show that every month at least three people will drown in the lake. More than 70% of the population who have to cross the lake every day, mainly by the use of dugout canoes, cannot swim. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest lake in Uganda, the second deepest in Africa and the third deepest in the world. It’s depth varies from 40 to 900 meters! It is hard to find someone in the area who has not lost a dear one to the lake.
We want to change that for the future by introducing swimming lessons. Not only the children of Bwama Primary School will benefit from swimming lessons that will be organized, also other (school going) children from the area will be offered opportunities to take part in lessons.
Please stay tuned for more information about this goal to be posted soon!
HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation
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