The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York State in 2016 to further the goals of the parent foundation which was established by Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, to promote water safety, sport and education programs particularly for children and young people. 

Its mission is to promote the benefits of sporting activities; teach children and adults basic swimming, water safety, first-aid and drowning prevention skills, and foster national or international amateur sports competitions.

Since the parent foundation was set up in 2012, under the Princess’s presidency and the vice presidency of Monaco’s Sovereign, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, more than 100 water safety programs benefitting almost 100,000 people, mainly children, have been implemented in Monaco, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Sudan, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, the USA, and Zimbabwe.Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim.

The World Health Organization estimated that 372,000 people drowned worldwide in 2012(*).
  • More than 40 fatalities every hour
  • More than half the victims are under the age of 25
  • Children under the age of 5 are the most affected
When a drowning is non-fatal, often the victim is left with severe aftereffects, in particular neurological.

A number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programmes have been implemented around the world in order to fight against this scourge. 

The Foundation is equally involved in communicating the values of sport such as discipline, respect for oneself and for others, determination and teamwork. The “Sport & Education” program believes that sport is a tool that contributes to the well-being and the development of children.
* Reproduced with the publisher’s permission – Fact Sheet N°347, Avril 2014, published by the World Health Organization
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