Swim Towards
Disaster Risk Reduction

Documentary, Vietnam, 2013

Up to 32 children drown in Vietnam every day.

Vietnam has the highest rate of child drownings in South East Asia, and one of the highest in the world. With an increase in severe weather events and, as of 2014, the lack of a national learn to swim curriculum in schools; young children are those most at risk in Vietnam’s changing climate. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), an independent humanitarian organisation that works together with people and organisations across the world to eradicate poverty and injustice, is one group that is working to build essential life skills and capacity for rural students and school teachers in Vietnam. Implemented in 2012, NCA’S ongoing project “Swim Towards Disaster Risk Reduction” has been effective in equipping students and teachers with water safety, swimming and first aid skills. In 2013, more than 1500 children learnt how to protect themselves through NCA’s programme. This short documentary focuses on NCA’s implementation of the swimming and disaster preparedness programme in central Thua Thien Hue province.


Norwegian Church Aid

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Angus Ashton

Client: Norwegian Church Aid

Duration: 9 minutes

Language: Vietnamese with English Subtitles

Year: 2013