Swim for life
Brazil Child Protection
The “Antònio Aleixo” colony, once a Leper colony, is a fraction of the city of Manaus, which is home to thousands of migrants that move from the forest in search of a better life and job opportunities. The colony houses between 35,000 and 40,000 people, and is far from the local politics. Its main support comes from religious institutions. Aleimar supports the colony financially in collaboration with the social center CSELA and the schools of the area.
The project ‘’Swim for Life’’ was born to teach children of the “Aleixo’’ colony how to swim, with the aim of preventing the numerous deaths due to drowning in Lake Aleixo. Furthermore, the project encourages children with motor disabilities to be aware of their bodies and potential, thus increasing their self-esteem while creating a nurturing environment of fun and socialization. Attending the course represents the opportunity to have preliminary monitoring checkups, allowing people to diagnose possible diseases in time.
Five qualified swimming trainers hold the lessons with the help of some sports sciences university students. A medical and a transport service, for the children who live farther away, are also in place.
Goals of the project
- To reduce mortality rate by teaching the kids how to swim, reduce drowning.
- To develop the motor and respiratory capability of children, especially those who suffer from forms of disability.
Beneficiaries of the project
- 250 Children from six to ten years attending community schools of the colony “A. Aleixo “.
- The children’s families, made aware and involved in the disclosure of the educational message at community level.
What you can do
- €50: You can support swimming lessons for five children;
- €100: You can support the swim teacher for a month;
- €200: You can guarantee a transport service and dermatology check-ups for a child for a month.