Splash

Our mission is simple: We clean water for kids. Safe drinking water is the most essential life-sustaining requirement. There is no substitute - not at any price. In this day and age, in such a plentiful world, clean water should no longer be the privilege of some, but the basic right of every child.
Jun 12, 2012

Notes from the Field: June in Cambodia

Here’s the latest about our work in Cambodia!

Two major things are happening right now: wrapping up our needs assessment and preparing to launch our hygiene education program.

Our Country Manager Mony (also the new proud father of a beautiful little girl—congrats!) has conducted in-person assessment interviews with 55 of our 58 sites since March—an amazing feat in and of itself. With all this information, we have been able to start vetting sites and create a more concrete budget for this project. Fifteen sites have agreed to a new water station, which will go a long way toward putting clean water to good use! Eight of the fifteen sites are contributing their own funds to help with construction—a huge commitment for them and an incredible investment in long-term sustainability. We can’t emphasize enough how it is the partnership aspect of our model that determines the success of our projects far more than any water purification technology.

We are also very excited about a potential partnership with Cooperation for Sustainable Cambodian Society (CSCS) for hygiene education. CSCS came highly recommended to us by PLAN international, with whom they have partnered for over five years doing hygiene education at schools. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we have put together a request for proposal (RFP) to work with CSCS and launch hygiene education programs at five sites (three schools, one school/orphanage, and one orphanage) where we already provide clean water.

CSCS is extremely thorough and their hygiene curriculum and trainings involve every level of school government, from education ministry officers to administrators, teachers, and parents—which is critical to the success of the programs (it can’t just be for kids or it will fail!). Regardless of how the proposal works out (and we are highly optimistic it will), they will be a great resource. Our goal is to hire our own in-country Hygiene Coordinator by September who will be supervised by Mony and work in parallel with CSCS. Together, we aim to develop our own hygiene education program once the pilot programs are established. We are waiting to hear back from CSCS on timeline and budget.

Thanks so much for your continuing support of this project. Don’t forget that June 13th is Bonus Day on GlobalGiving—any donation you make on June 13th will be increased by GlobalGiving an additional 40%!!

 Many thanks,

Jun 5, 2012

We started work!

When we first conceived this project, we expected we would begin with five hospital sites in China at a cost of $5,000 per site. Three years later we have raised almost half that amount (thank you!!). In an effort to get the project off the ground, we have decided to launch with three hospital sites instead of five. This is why you will notice that we have reduced the funding goal for this project to $15,000 from the original goal of $25,000. It's because we just can't stand to wait any longer to expand our reach and serve more kids!
 
To date, our work in China has been focused almost exclusively on orphanages, in addition to receiving a rare invitation to provide clean water for displacement camps following the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Our installation work in orphanages is nearing its end (we expect to be providing clean water to every orphanage in China by 2013), and most of our water systems at displacement camps have been decommissioned as people return to their homes. So it’s thrilling to be branching out into a new area: pediatric hospitals. We work in this arena already in other countries like Cambodia and Vietnam, and so we know the kind of impact clean, safe water can have on the children these hospitals serve.
 
As always, our model is not to build institutions—instead, we partner with existing ones that are serving children admirably, but doing so without clean water. Step one of that process is always to work with local allies who can help us identify potential partners and sites. Step two is to conduct an assessment of each site, determining need, capacity, and of course willingness to establish a long-lasting partnership.
 
So we are happy to announce that we have begun Step 1: Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the China Association of Social Workers (CNCASW) and the China Charity Federation to identify sites for possible water purification installations. We anticipate having sites selected by the end of June and begin vetting shortly thereafter, so that by the time we do reach the $15,000 mark, the project should be primed to take off! We will continue to raise money with the goal of serving more sites—we are on track to serve at least 1 million children globally by 2020—but having these three up and running will be a huge step toward that larger goal.
 
We are also pleased to announce that GlobalGiving has selected this project to receive a portion of the donations to their Bricks for Good Fund. Just click here and donate $50, and you will get a free gift: a super cool water-well LEGO set!
 
Thanks so much for your ongoing patience and support.

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Apr 29, 2012

Notes From the Field: April in Cambodia

Waiting for the water, Siem Reap, Takev.
Waiting for the water, Siem Reap, Takev.

A little over a week ago, our program staff Stephen Jones (SE Asia Regional Manager) and Amelia Lyons (Health & Hygiene Manager) were in Cambodia. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with partners and working closely with Kith Rathamony, our Country Director, to get this new project we're loosely calling "Cambodia 2.0" off the ground. The best summation of what we're attempting is an internal audit and survey of our work to date. We're looking to learn what has been working best, what can be improved upon, and what needs to be dropped altogether. We're wrapping up this assessment by the end of May.

Amelia just sent us a field story about a visit she and Stephen had with one of our partners, Missionaries of Charity, and we've included an excerpt below. Mission of Charities is a Mother Teresa home in the Choam Chao district of Phnom Penh. The site houses 115 kids living with with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as general patients. A Child's Right provides the water the kids drink as well as for preparing infant formula. Amelia's  story is a perfect example of how the work we do supports the even more important work of our partners, who care for, love, teach, and nurture children every day.

"We sat under the shade of a gazebo with the head Sister as she told us about the home, the children, the other patients they see, and the amazing work they do. A train of children followed us around, giggling, tugging, playing. I spent ten minutes watching Stephen awe them with juggling, and they threw rocks around trying to do it themselves.

Upstairs in the home, children were everywhere. The girls had started a card game, perched atop the table, as some smaller kids chased colored balloons around the compound. At the end of the porch, several women sat with a few children. Among them was a 6-month old girl who had been at the home for a few months. When she arrived, she was tiny and weak, badly affected with HIV, too small and young for treatment. The Sisters nursed her back to life, and the baby girl can now take medication. Chubby and smiling, she stood on her tippy toes, propped up by the woman’s arms. The head Sister whispered to her, “A few months, right? In a few months you will be walking, you are so close!” The baby girl looked up with a huge smile and nodded—somehow, she understood."

You helped make this story possible. Thank you.

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