Launched on 14th December 2012, the primary objective of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by putting an end to drowning.

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 360,000 people drowned worldwide in 2015(*).
  • 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, May 2017, published by the World Health Organization