A Rainbow for Us

Vahnessa Estien and Holly Smith-Wyatt created A Rainbow for Us, a memorial website dedicated to the children who have died as a result of drowning. The focus of this site is to put faces to the drowning cases and remind people that drowning is preventable, a mission everyone should give their wholehearted support through awareness and proactivity.

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Joshua & Christian DeMello

Memorials
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Xander Kahle Vento

Remembering a hero who sacrificed his life to save another

Jake Roarke Morrison

Inspiring others to Live Like Jake through his story. 

Testimonials
Did you know...
  • every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates

NO ADULTS!

  • most drownings occur in home swimming pools while children were left unsupervised

  • a child can drown in less than 5 minutes in as little as 1 inch of water

  • drowning is preventable when we make it our mission to protect and keep our children safe

Risk factors...
  • lack of swimming abilities

  • lack of barriers, such as pool fencing from gaining pool access

  • lack of close and constant supervision in and around water

     

  • underestimating the mobility and ability of your child

  • assuming someone else in the home is watching your child

     

Safety awareness...
  • always maintain constant supervision in and around any body of water even when the child has learned to swim

  • have your child acquire effective swimming skills

  • learn how to perform CPR

  • do not rely on arm floaties and any flotation device to protect your child

  • do not leave toys of any kind in the water to entice children   

  • install and use self-closing and self-latching gates at least 4 feet 48 inches high surrounding pool area

A RAINBOW FOR US GRATEFULLY RECOGNIZES 

THE HAGGARD LAW FIRM

FOR SPONSORING THE BOOK LAUNCH EVENT OF

THE BOY WHO COULD SWIM BY VAHNESSA ESTIEN 

 

Written by a mother who lost her precious daughter and put her grief to work, The Boy Who Could Swim stresses the importance of every child learning to swim. The boy in the story, Michael, who is inspired by her son, finds out learning to swim can have its challenges. However, he pulls through and experiences the joy and pride of being safe in the water and the fun of swimming. This book highlights the importance of children learning to swim. Vahnessa tells the story of one child’s desire to develop this skill, the challenge of learning, and the triumph of mastering it. She hopes more children will desire to swim and be safer and happier in water. The Soleila G. Estien Memorial Swim Strong Scholarship was established by Vahnessa in her daughter’s name.

 

Proceeds from this book help fund that scholarship.

 

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