The swimming programme with the kids has recently sat a foot in the water, literally. And I am so impressed of their different achievements. A few of them are heading the water for the first time in their lives and of course it is nervous in the beginning for both them and us teaching, but after a while when they have get used to the water it’s amazing to see them managing to swim on their own, across the water which is pretty deep if it is your first time in there.
We started with the four oldest girls the first day and we were six persons to be there and assist. It was me, Theresa and a Canadian family. The girls laughed a lot and I think they were very nervous. One of them knew the basics of swimming and for the other three it was the first time. We started to show them fun, basic stuff like splashing in the water, blowing bubbles and just float around. They were fast learners and soon they started to swim on their own. It was difficult to get them out of the water when it was time to go home!
The second day, two of the younger girls joined us with the older girls and we started the same way as the day before, just letting them get used to the water by blowing bubbles, floating and being in the water. The two younger girls did better than I expected and soon both swam across the pool with some help of flotation cushions. This day we also got help from the pool manager with swimming lessons and it went really good!
Next time we’re going there we are going to advance the girls swimming skills and a professional swimming instructor is helping us with that.
The day have went much better then I expected and I am so proud of these wonderful kids!
Veronika, volunteer at Make A Difference Now