Water. It’s essential to life and essential to the livelihood of the Yup’ik people living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Western Alaska. The traditional Yup’ik subsistence lifestyle depends heavily on hunting and fishing around lakes, rivers and streams, but this proximity to water can be deadly. Drownings have historically been a heartbreakingly common occurrence. For years, a group of local mothers, the YK Delta Lifesavers, fundraised and advocated for a community swimming pool to address this issue. This dream was achieved. Currently the Lifesavers, housed at Bethel Community Services Foundation, help prevent drownings by making swimming lessons accessible to all community members.

Location: Alaska

Karen's testimonial.