LIFE JACKETS TO MEXICO
DURANGO WATER SAFETY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED
GRANT FROM MUSTANG SURVIVAL PROVIDES LIFE JACKETS
Last year, Mustang Survival, maker of water rescue protective gear and equipment, contacted Global Mission Readiness inquiring if we could use a donation of over 6000 new life jackets for children. Yes, over 6000. After contacting our partners in Durango, Mexico, where we have been teaching for the last several years, we embarked on a mission to implement a water safety program for kids in central Mexico.
Drowning and near-drowning is a real problem in Mexico as kids flock to the many reservoirs and rivers to escape the summer heat. This year, the City of Durango, working with outlying communities and through this grant, has created a water safety program for kids. Through designated areas, the city will provide life jackets for children at all the major water recreation sites. These will be made available, free of charge to members of the community to loan.
It is such an enormous accomplishment to see this come to fruition, I just don't know what to say. For anyone who thinks they cannot make a difference, is lost in their life's purpose, or just plain scared to do something meaningful in their life, please take the first step forward. This program, and programs like these, will impact thousands of lives and undoubtedly save many in the process.
Thank you so much to Mustang Survival and Steve Chambers, who steered this process through his chain of command. Also, a big thanks to Durango Fire Department for serving as the ambassadors of water safety and education, and Roberto Rivera from the City of Durango for keeping me patient during the shipping process. The jackets look great! Congrats all!!!
UPCOMING PROJECTS, 2016:
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Santa Cruz, Bolivia