Swimming is an activity that ensures healthy child development for communities living near rivers, diverted swimming areas provide kids with safer spaces to learn how to swim and indulge in play.
How it works
Swimo is a set of activities that ensures safe and resilient communities by creating designated - "diverted swimming/play areas" along the riverbanks offering kids under five with cleaner safer spaces to learn how to swim and play with water for communities living near rivers.
Swimo works with communities and invites older kids , gurus and parents to volunteer for pool clean ups, teach smaller kids, participate in tournaments where they get recognized/ win awards, full time swimming instructor jobs, fishing pond experts in advanced stages.
By seeking partnerships with local and international conservancy groups, tourism organisations, local government and fisheries, we might be able to work out possible revenue models for sustainability and deeper impact.
Why it matters
Kids under five living in this regions neighboring rivers are often vulnerable to environmental factors that come with location like riverflooding , diseases from dirty and nutrition to drowning in river water.
"It is hard to seperate water people from the river" .. They learn from the river, eat from the river and drink from the river ( ecosystem services) . Michael Tomasello in the origins of human cognition talks of ontogenetics : As human children growup in socially and historically constructed artifacts and traditions they are enabled to, benefit from accumulated knowledge and skills of their social set, aquire and use per-spectivally based cognitive represantations in the form of ligustic symbols and internalize certain types of discourse interactions into skills to metacognition, representational, re-descriptive and dialogic thinking. Unfortunatly for these communities/social sets river water aint getting any cleaner, fish are growing less popular more so, they are still deeply rooted in the ways of their land.
One commonality that this community share is the river and using it as a space to explore/visit the "poverty consevation equation" and educate the surrounding communities on ways to care for their now diminishing natural resources might be plus.
Making a difference
These almost natural adopted swiming pools and play / learning areas along the river provides kids, parents and community member with safer swimming areas and spaces to reconnect them to their heritage by reminising the river activities, learning about medicinal trees and fruit trees that grow along the river .
Cleaner water, swimming classes for kids, tornaments for competitive kids and jobs for the gurus