Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Iskashitaa's Swim Program has begun!

Many refugees have spent their lives in rural areas or refugee camps where there was not an opportunity to learn to swim. When they arrived in the United States, their apartments had pools that they were excited to try. In the past few years, there have been many near drownings and one fatal incident. As Iskashitaa staff mourned with the family of the recent drowning, we vowed to help prevent future drownings. The program also helps refugees interact with the Tucson community, practice their English and have fun in a safe and therapeutic environment.

January 7th marked the date of the begining of the Iskashitaa Swim Program! There were a total of 18 refugees and 13 local volunteers joined us last Saturday for a day of fun and learning in the NW YMCA pool! We had a wonderful time in the sunny 80 degree weather and can't wait to get back next week! If you have a refugee friend who would like to learn to swim, don't worry! Sign ups are due by February 4th for the next 5 week period. For more information, please contact Beth at! Want to volunteer? Contact Lizbeth at

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