Vorph "Girevoy" Valknut
"Students from the Kijini Primary School learn to swim and perform rescues, in the Indian Ocean, off Muyuni Beach, Zanzibar.
Traditionally, girls in the Zanzibar Archipelago are discouraged from learning how to swim, largely because of the strictures of a conservative Islamic culture and the absence of modest swimwear. But in villages on the northern tip of Zanzibar, the Panje Project (panje translates as ‘big fish’) is providing opportunities for local women and girls to learn swimming skills in full-length swimsuits, so that they can enter the water without compromising their cultural or religious beliefs".
Fotografia de Anna Boyiazis