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Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

24 September 2020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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After experiencing a high rate of drownings among children due to the number of rivers and ponds in the country, a non-profit organization in Bangladesh has been offering swim lessons to children in rural areas that a...

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Claire Bates

22 September 2020

Israel

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Three projects show how effective national strategies can be to reduce accidental drownings, which kill an estimated 320,000 people worldwide each year. In Israel, artificial intelligence software processes video feed...

The New York Times

Ginia Bellafante

4 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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One response to the violent unrest of the late 1960s was New York's installation of a network of swimming pools. The idea: give people a refreshing escape, and a way to cool – literally – the emotions that can lead to...

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Joel Wolfram

10 May 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To better serve all communities and increase safety for families, the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free swim lessons at community pools. Building off of the success of University of Penn...

The Sydney Morning Herald

Julie Power

4 November 2018

Surat, Thailand

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Thailand's Surat Thani province, consists of more than 100 waterways making drowning a very real concern – especially for children – but strategic preventions have resulted in no child drownings in the last two years....

The Washington Post

Patricia Sullivan

1 June 2017

Virginia, United States

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Both Alexandria and Arlington wanted a large swimming pool; however, the two cities couldn't work together on a joint project because they couldn't agree on the location. Thier attempts to create a shared swimming po...

The New York Times Magazine

Dan Kois

19 April 2016

Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

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Despite being an island of seamen, Iceland used to experience high numbers of drownings every year, fostering a keen interest in swimming education. The government stepped up and tapped into the underground hot water ...

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