Con Dao is an island with a current population of around 7,000 people. There has been a significant push in recent years in the educational establishments around the island. We now have a Pre-School/Kindergarten, Junior School, and High School all running at virtually full capacity. There is a high emphasis of educating the young.
During one of his regular visits to the Kindergarten school one of our hosts was curious as to where schools were getting their drinking water. She was lead to a room at the back of the school where they have to boil enough water every day for nearly 300 children.
After some consultation with Kurt Apel from Thai Waters and the supplier of the Six Senses Con Dao’s Crystal Water system, We now have plan in place to help provide safe, clean drinking water for the younger generation coming through the Pre-school/Kindergarten in Con Dao.
From sales of our Crystal Water in our By the Beach Restaurant, 50% of the proceedes go towards the purchase of a new Crystal Water system. The first school to receive this is the Pre-School/Kindergarten - a gift from the guests of Six Senses Con Dao.
Demonstrating the power of online engagement, the resort has launched a new initiative to provide swimming lessons to the inhabitants of Con Son island. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children over the age of one in Vietnam. Vietnam Ministry of Health Statistics state that at least 10 children drown here every day. Many of these lives could be saved if the children knew how to swim. It is described as the "silent epidemic" by many international aid agencies. (Source: https://www.SwimVietnam.com). Lessons will be provided by certified professionals and volunteers, beginning with the resort's families and reaching out to the schools on the island.
Funds are raised through a Facebook photography competition between 5 March and 5 May, 2014. For every unique page like, the resort will donate US$ 1 into the programme. Lessons are expected to begin in summer, 2014.