Benfica Beach - Two Courageous Sisters
"Tides of Courage" Project was named after two sisters who almost drowned at Benfica Beach in Luanda, Angola in Africa. The Tides of Courage Project was created to to make swimming lessons available to the public. Every day both children and adults are losing their lives because they lack swimming skills.
It was at Benfica Beach in Angola Africa my fiancé and I rescued two teenage girls from drowning. While rescuing these two young women, there were 8 young men standing just 2 feet away forming a human chain trying to summon the courage to go after them. Why a human chain? None of them knew how to swim.They were helplessly watching the girls drown. One misstep off the muddy drop-off is all it only took for the girls to lose the safety of shallow waters.
Here in the United States, swimming lessons are available to us through many channels. Unlike the United States where swimming is affordable or even part of the school curriculum; in Angola, it is not. Because families are large, daily living essentials are the priority. Access to swimming lessons are not attainable by the mainstream. Firemen as part of their job are taught lifesaving skills. The limits in personnel only allow a few beaches to be manned a few hours a day if at all.
In Angola, people who have grown up by the ocean, do so without the skill to swim. To hear someone has drowned has become a normal occurrence. Every day somewhere along the coastline, an adult or child drowns. What is devastating, is that many people have observed a person drowning helplessly because they do not have the means or skill to swim.
Can you imagine a loved one or any human being dying as you stand helplessly watching? Something must be done!
The goal of Tides of courage is to raise $500,000.00
We will start in the state of Benguela, Angola using a train the trainer model. Once our template has proven effective, the goal will be to replicate this model as much as possible with the intent of make swimming a common skill for all to have across third world countries.
With the help of knowledgeable volunteers we have developed the swimming program for these students based on our US swim programs.
School President and Administrator Dr. Faustinao Pedro has committed to support our project at the local university Maravilha Institute located in Bengula, Angola.
Your donations for this project will save lives. Every gift counts!
Your contributions will make a difference in so many lives! Would you like to volunteer ? Do you have expertise you want to contribute to support our campaign? Please contact Enolia at email@example.com
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.