Christina Fonfe Addresses Drowning In Sri Lanka

Christina Fonfe Addresses Drowning In Sri Lanka

Christina Fonfe is the founder of the Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project (WSP), a non-profit organization founded after the 2004 tsunami where 80% of those who drowned were women and children.

Up to 3 people drown every day still at Sri Lanka’s beaches, lakes and rivers. With over 1,000,000 drowning deaths per year, drowning is a global issue of epidemic proportions.

The Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project (WSP) is a community drowning reduction program to teach poor rural and coastal women and teenage girls to swim and empower them to teach their own children and make them safe near water.

The World Health Organisation reports that many of these deaths occur in tropical Asia. The WSP specifically addresses those cultural barriers which prevent the majority of Asian women and girls from learning to swim. It trains and employs female non-swimmers to solve the drowning problem through economic empowerment.

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