It’s been a month since we got back from Sudan and it feels like much longer. Life quickly catches up with you after a trip away and all too soon you are back in the day to day routine and it almost feels like you never left.
There is one significant difference though. Every few days over the last month, pictures have been popping up on my Facebook account that make me smile all day long. These pictures have been posted by the Nile Swimmers in Sudan who we taught in March. Now they are out in their communities passing on vital water safety messages.
I have seen mothers being taught these messages whilst their children take part in Scout activities. I have seen youngsters taking time out of their Arabic and Quran lessons to learn about water safety. I have seen a whole community gathered together in a local hall to make sure everyone in their village knows how to stay safe in and around the water. In the past four weeks, the participants from March’s Nile Swimmers programme in Khartoum have trained over 1750 children.
It is through stories like this that you begin to understand the true impact of March’s programme. It is not about teaching 36 programme participants. It is about the thousands of children that those participants go on to teach. And this month is just the start. All of these projects are in their first stages.
In the next stage, programme participants will go on to teach new trainers, who will in turn go on to teach thousands more children. With this cascade of knowledge, tens of thousands of children will be taught life-saving water safety messages before the end of the year. That’s powerful stuff and a huge credit to the hard work of all the Nile Swimmers in Sudan. It’s no wonder those pictures make me smile