AMREF and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation implemented a joint programme at the beginning of 2016 which concentrates on teaching children in the district of Kilifi, located on the Kenyan coast, about water hygiene as well as being safe in and around the water. The first results were promising. With the collaboration and partnership of the Kenya Life Saving Federation, their swim instructors and water safety experts were able to train 312 school children and 12 teachers over the course of one month. Six local schools, one of which accommodates children with special needs, took part in this first programme.
All the participants learned how to swim as well as learned proper water safety in order to prevent drowning. They also learned rescue techniques. They are now in a position to pass on their knowledge to their friends and family who did not participate in the programme.
After the training was completed, a closing ceremony took place on 22 July in the presence of local authorities and the programme’s partners. All the participants received certificates of completion.
The actions planned for the coming months will be primarily focused on promoting key health practices and hygiene. Five discussion groups will be created in schools to enable children to speak about health issues that affect them. The people of Kilifi will also benefit from several informational meetings and community outreach programmes.
For more information on the programme: www.amrefmonaco.org