Australia funds anti-drowning program in Vietnam

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The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has provided funding through its Direct Aid Program (DAP) to prevent drowning in Vietnam.

DAP funds were used to teach basic swimming skills to primary school students in the Mekong Delta. Eight swimming teachers from Western Australia have voluntarily traveled to Vietnam to provide swim lessons for 200 students in Tien Giang Province. 

"Drowning is the number one killer among children under 14 years old and one of the leading causes of death in Vietnam," said Australian Consul General John McAnulty.

"We are proud to support drowning prevention programs in Vietnam."

The DAP is a small-scale aid program funded by the Australian government and disbursed by the Australian Consulate General.

The goal of the DAP is to address humanitarian hardships and assist low income communities through funding small-scale development projects.

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